Sunday, December 28, 2008


This is Anne's GrandmotherShe lives in a little village on the central coast of Vietnam that is surrounded by rice paddies and mountains Her teeth and mouth are stained red from chewing betel nut all day, a highly addictive appetite suppressant. The betel nut chew is made with betel leaves, lime paste, betel nut and tobacco, which is ground up together and placed next to the gums.This is what she uses to grind up her betel nut chew -  a hollowed out bullet and a paint can lid opener.This is her house where she lives with Anne's uncle, aunt and their two girls who care for her with such devotion and loving care, a touching example of family. Their daily routine consists of following her around and telling her it's too early to shut up the house and close all the doors and windows
Making sure she eats all her food and not feed it the cat or simply dumping it in the yard somewhere
And putting up her mosquito net every night
Even though Christmas was just another day in the village, being with grandmother was all the Christmas joy we needed


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas and happy new year to you guys!
I love the photos and the blogs and your grandma is so cute!
Looks like you guys are having a blast. I want to go to japan asap!

Talk to you soon.
-Robert & matt

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christineburgess said...

your grandma could teach Aretha a thing or two about headresses. she sure doesn't need an appetite suppressant. I'm so glad you got to see her and the other family. does rice taste better if it's fresh? see you soon.- Christine- (heather's aunt)