January 15, 1981
Dear Tien- Tien （Sweet-Sweet）,
How are you? Have you made any plans for The winter vacation yet? I have been thinking of Going to the east coast and staying in Hualien for two days. How about joining me? We could Make it an around-the-island tour. If time is Short, we could fly down to Hualien and then Take the train back along the eastern coast. There Will be lots of beautiful scenic spots for pictures! Give me a call or write me a note as soon as you decide.
I come from a very small village on the west Coast of Taiwan I usually go by a slow train, and it is about four from Taipei. The villagers are mostly fishermen and farmers. The downtown of the village is two streets perpendicular to each other. Life in the village is Very slow and very simple; when you, and some-times you stop to visit. Most people are either very old or very young because the big cities to work. Small children always run in the streets without shoes, and chicken, geese, ducks, turkeys. It is very peaceful here.
My Great- Grand father
I have two great-grandfathers, one from my mother's side. My father's grandfather is now97 years old and lives. In Toufen Although his eyesight and hearing is poor, his mind Is still sharp and clear. He always asks each visitor many pertinent questions and shares his ideas and opinions. He often talks with a loud voice and with much enthusiasm and energy. He can remember all He can remember all the names of his relatives and friends. In his youth he was trained to be a medical doctor; through his life he was an avid reader.
My Grandmother's First Trip on the Freeway
Usually my grandmother comes to Taipei on a slow train three or four times a year. She is eighty-three years old and still very healthy and active. Her eyes and mind are still as clear and fast as her small great-grandchildren. One day we agreed to go home with my grandmother by car on the freeway. She was very excited and kept talking about everything she saw and heard. She talked about the flowers on the small bushes we passed and how smooth the car ride was. She commented about the toll charge and that the freeway was the best road she had traveled on in her life. By the time she got home she was still talking about how fast she got home.
My Friend Hsiao-mei（Little-Plum）
Whenever I have a party, Hsiao-mei is always the first person I invite. She is such fun. I know that she will be able to make my other guests laugh. She does not get upset if somebody tries to tease or make fun of her, either. Hsiao-mei can also be very serious and can discuss almost anything you can think of. If it gets late before the party ends, I can always depend on Hsiao-mei to clean up the house. She never says no, even if she is very tired and would rather go straight home to bed.
The Fox and the Grapes
Some of the stories we know and like are many hundreds of years old. Among them are Aesop's fables. A fable is a short story made up to teach a lesson. Most fables are about animals. In them animals talk. Many of our common sayings come from fables. “Sour Grapes” is one of them. It comes from the fable “The Fox and the Grapes.” In the story a fox saw a bunch of grapes hanging from a vine. They looked ripe and good to eat. But they were rather high. He jumped and jumped, but he could not reach them. At last he gave up. As he went away he said. “Those grapes were sour anyway.” Now we say, “Sour Grapes!” when someone pretends he does not want something he tried to get but couldn't.
My sister belongs to a folk dancing club in college. They meet twice a week at night. Their club has about thirty members from varying classes and departments. All the members love to dance because it is good exercise and fun. Also by studying folk dance they get to know each belong to this club, and they study together, too. My sister seems quite happy with her life in college, but she always says that college education is much more than folk dancing or going on a picnic; there are lots of serious things to learn
Going to Feed the Ducks
Not very far from our house there is a small River that has many wild ducks. The ducks are very colorful during the spring mating season. Male ducks have multiple colors of green. Gray, Red, and blue; the female ducks are brown all the Year round. This section of the river is also part of a small island park where people picnic and play ball. Wooden tables and chairs, metal boxes for cooking, and big trash cans are available. Sometimes the ducks will leave the water and walk ashore looking for food among the picnic grounds. Quite often my sister and I like to bring old bread there to feed the ducks. If is really a very peaceful place to relax and play, and study, too.