Daily Archive for August 8th, 2006

Today is Father’s Day in Taiwan

8/8 (Eight-Eight in Mandarin is pronounced “ba-ba.” Father in Mandarin is also pronounced “ba-ba”) is Father’s Day in Taiwan. Even though we refer to him as “Dad” in English, 95% of the time, we called him “Ba-Ba.” Usually, my Dad would be in Taiwan at this time of year, so I would have to remember to call him on 8/7 so I could wish him a happy Ba-Ba Day on the right day. Sometimes I would forget about the time difference and he’d get the call on 8/8 LA time, 8/9 Taiwan time.

This year, I didn’t forget, but I guess it didn’t matter what day it was because I can’t just pick up the phone and hear his voice anymore. I spent a good portion of the day thinking about my Dad and how much I miss him and love him. We were so lucky to have spent (American) Father’s Day together in June (the weekend before his stroke). *sigh*

Dad, Joz & DJ at a Little League game
Here’s a picture of me, my Dad, and our dog DJ from the year “ba-ba” (1988). I’m pretty sure it was taken at one of my brother’s Little League games. Back then, our grandparents would come over on the weekends to watch my Bro’s games. We would often bring DJ with us, too.

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