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Old Widow Lau
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Father’s shop
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Father
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was busy with a customer,
2021/03/05 18:58
a man who was distinguished-looking, like the scholars of two decades before
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Big Uncle
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From his formal tone, I knew he did not recognize who we were.
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Little Uncle,
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_Old Widow Lau refused their invitation three times, exclaiming that my father and uncles must be too busy for visitors
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I tried to notice everything so I could later tell GaoLing what I had seen, and tease out her envy
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Within those glass cases were our silkwrapped boxes, all our hard work
2021/03/05 19:00
Within those glass cases were our silkwrapped boxes, all our hard work. They looked so much nicer than they had in the ink-making studio at Immortal Heart village.
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they had in the ink-making studio at Immortal Heart village.
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I was remembering how she taught me that everything, even ink, had a purpose and a meaning:_ _Good ink cannot be the quick kind, ready to pour out of a bottle.
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You can never be an artist if your work comes without effort. That is the problem of modern ink from a bottle. You do not have to think. _You simply write what is swimming on the top of your brain. And the top is nothing but pond scum, dead leaves, and mosquito spawn._ But when you push an inkstick along an inkstone, you take the first step to cleansing your mind and your heart. _You push and you ask yourself, What are my intentions? What is in my heart that _matches_ my mind?_
2021/03/05 19:02
I listened to what Father was saying, and his words became far more important than anything Precious Auntie had thought. “Look here,” Father said to his customer, and I looked.
2021/03/05 19:03
I was very proud to hear Father speak of our family’s ink this way.
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