Sad news from far away

When you travel for a long time, it’s easy to forget that back at home, life goes on without you. Life also stops too, without regard for how far apart you are from your family.

A Long Awaited Return
A Long Awaited Return | Art by Artie Poore

I just found out my aunt Jul died suddenly and unexpectedly back in Long Island, New York, far away from where I am in Hanoi, Vietnam. This painting is by my uncle Artie, Jul’s husband, called “A Long Awaited Return,” reminds me of Artie and Jul and how much they loved each other, their family, and creativity.

Jul was a memorable woman, unlike anyone I’ve met in this big world. I can’t believe I’ll never see her again.