My Mermaid (Part 5)

This post is part of the My Mermaid series. Click on the links below to take you to previous posts: Introduction Prologue Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 I was 19 years old, going to be a sophomore in college. I thought about how a child would affect my life and that of…

My Mermaid (Part 4)

This post is part of the My Mermaid series. Click on the links below to take you to previous posts: Introduction Prologue Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 I was studying for finals.  My mom was gone the whole weekend and when she came home, she complained bitched about the house being a mess.  She…

My Mermaid (Part 3)

This post is part of the My Mermaid series. Click on the links below to take you to previous posts: Introduction Prologue Part 1 Part 2 I couldn’t tell him face to face what happened.  So I left him a note in our locker.  “My mom hit me last night.  It wasn’t because of you.” …

My Mermaid (Part 2)

This post is part of the My Mermaid series. Click on the links below to take you to the previous posts: Introduction Prologue Part 1 Fortunately, he didn't kill himself. Someone hand delivered a letter from him the next day. The letter basically said that he wasn't going to see me anymore. To this day,…

My Mermaid (Part 1)

This blog post is part of the My Mermaid series. Click on the links below to take you to the previous posts: Introduction Prologue  Many girls grow up dreaming of falling in love with Prince Charming and living happily ever after.  I never had such a dream.  While my friends day dreamed of fairy tale…

My Mermaid (Prologue)

This blog post is part of the My Mermaid series. Click on the link below to take you to the previous post: Introduction My father was abusive, so it was bittersweet when he left.  I was 12 years old.  I thought life would be better now.  Little did I know that was just the beginning.…

My Mermaid (Intro)

I have been inspired and empowered by strong and courageous individuals on I Am Hmong Beauty (IAHB).  This is the first time I have taken to reflect on and write out my story.  Those who know me personally may have witnessed or heard bits and pieces, but do not know my story in its entirety.…

Working Again

I was laid off in 2007, just like many others have experienced in this rough economy.  It was announced a couple of months ahead of time that the center would be closing and almost everyone would be laid off.  So, when they asked for volunteers to go first, I didn't hesitate to sign up.  In…

I Hated Being Hmong

There was a time when I refused to have anything to do with the Hmong culture. I hated that no one knew what Hmong is. That I had to explain where my ancestors came from.  That I was mistaken for Chinese (or another Asian ethnicity) all the time. Sometimes, I even wished I was Chinese…