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February 2006 We called her Hom Mu. Her name was Yue Yee Hom, born 1920, died February 2006. She spent most of her life in South River, NJ operating a laundry with her husband. She made a lot of people's life comfortable and gave many of her relatives a chance for a better life by bringing them to the U.S.A. When we lived in Freehold in the fifties, she and her husband would come over and played mahjong with my mother and baby sister, Evelyn, who eventually became her daughter-in-law. Hom Mu was a fine person.

October 2006 Sun Quon Sau's house was adjacent to ours in Lian'An Village. She was a fairly newly minted bride when I first knew her. Though I was just a kid, I was aware of the small minded pastimes of some of the village women folks of squabbling which they made into a supreme art form. She never participated in any of that. She just quietly tended to fetching water from the well and cooking rice for the family, patiently awaiting the day when her husband makes his tri-annual or bi-annual return from America again. In the fifties she came to the U.S.A. and helped her husband operate their laundry business in Belmont. In her final years she was bent with osteoperosis. She went to her final rest in October, 2006.

March 2007 My uncle who was a twin brother to my father had two wives (not simultaneously) and twelve offsprings. Six from each wives. Cousin Ung Kim Eng Lee was the last survivor of those born of the first wife. She was the most senior member of the Wumingzuo family tree until she left us in March 2007 at age 101. Her step brother Fook Hong Eng (mandarin Fukang Wu), who lives in Guangzhou and is but one year older than I, now assumes the mantle of most senior Wumingzuo family member. I am second in line.

Life is just a long train ride. We are all along for a, hopefully, pleasure ride and soon enough it will be our turn to get off. Somebody else has expressed this thought better than I. Please give "this a click, and then click again and again