FC: Life Of Cel
1: Table of Contents | Symbols.............................................2-3 Values and Norms..............................4-5 Material Culture/Technology..............6-7 And More............................................8-10
2: This is a candle each family in my extended family received after my aunt passed away. It is a picture of her in traditional Hmong clothes in the hands of Jesus. The quote on the candle says "I Will Lift You Up On Eagles Wings" "There's A Lot Of Room In My Father's Home". It's a reminder to all of us that my aunt is waiting for us in heaven and one day we will reunite with her in the house of God. | This is a symbol of my family's faith. It represents the love we have for each other and the strength we have within us. It represents hope when it seems like there is none. It brought my family closer during troublesome times. | Symbols
3: This is a symbol of my hard work and dedication to piano and other things that I do. At that time it didn't seem like a big deal, but after thinking about the process, I realized that I invested so much of my time in practicing and perfecting my songs before the day I had to perform them in front of judges. It also reminds me that I have to believe in myself because I can succeed. My piano teach believed in me and went out of her way to drive me to the event when my parents weren't able to because of work. That day meant a lot to me. | This was given to my mom from her sisters and it symbolizes the relationship between my sisters and I. It depicts how we will always be there for each other when no one else is and how we can pick each other up after a fight. It symbolizes our unconditional love for one another.
4: This is a picture of all my cousins and I on my dad's side of the family. I value my family and the time I get to spend with them. My whole family is very close to each other and will take advantage of every opportunity to make time to spend with one another because family will always be there through the good times and the bad. | My parents brought my sister's and I up to respect and love one another. It might be surprising to others, but my sisters and I have a very close relationship. We are all very different from each other in our personalities, hobbies, likes, and dislikes, but we respect one another's individuality. | Values
5: Norms | Ever since I could remember, my family has been doing Secret Santa gifts. Every Thanksgiving my family picks names out of a bowl and they have to buy a present for the person they picked. Because our family is so big, it's hard to keep track of everybody. We do Christmas presents this way so nobody would be forgotten and not get a present. | Every time my family gets together we do a potluck. Since we have a big family, it'll be difficult and a lot of work if only one or two people make a meal for everyone. By having a potluck, we end up with a lot of food if everyone brings a main or side dish to share. It works every time and It's such a norm in my family that people automatically do it.
6: Piano is a very important part of my life. I remember it being my first time developing my individuality. My parents didn't force me to take lessons, I chose to play. By wanting to learn how to play the piano, I had the motivation to practice a lot and go to scheduled lessons. I will never forget how excited and proud I was when upgrading from a keyboard to a grand piano. | I haven't figured out what I'm passionate about yet, but I know that one of those things is volleyball. I fell in love with the game when I was in 5th grade and haven't stopped playing it since. Even though I didn't join my senior year and won't be playing in college, I will always find a way to play the sport I love.
7: Material Culture/Technology | I'm not at all a photographer, or want to become one. I just love capturing moments and making them memories. I was shocked when my parents got me a really nice camera for Christmas, but now I see why they did. Quality pictures can make all the difference in memorable moments. Without pictures, some of the most special memories could be lost as time goes on. | (Side note: this isn't my car.) To me, getting my license and having my own car represents my independence. I feel like I can be spontaneous and drive wherever I want, when I want and just be care free for that moment. I am thankful that I have my own car because I remember how difficult and inconvenient it was when I had to rely on others to take me places.
8: And More... | This is a picture of my dad's family. He was a refugee from the Vietnam war and lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for a couple of years before having the opportunity to move to America. He was already 15 years old by the time he started school in the US. I admire his motivations and perseverance in education especially when he first started school in high school and didn't know any English. His life story gives me motivation and confidence in myself that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to. | This is a picture of my mom's family. Her story was similar to my dad's in that they both grew up in Laos and was also a refugee from the war. Her family lived in France before moving to America and like my dad, didn't know the English language when she started going to school. They both worked very hard to give my sister's and I the life we have today.
9: Sophomore year was my first time joining track. I don't know what I was afraid of, but that fear stopped me from doing something that I had the potential for. I ended up being on varsity after the first few practices and at the end of my first track season, I earned my varsity letter and my relay team got First Team All Conference. This was a proud moment for me. | Out of all the events in track, long jumping is one of my favorites. It gave me such an adrenaline rush and it felt good to do something that I was actually good at. I put most of my time and effort in practicing long jump during practice and outside of practice. It's sad to say that the event I loved doing was also the event I broke my leg while doing. I believe that things happen for a reason, but I will never forget my short-lived track career.
10: This is an accomplishment that I'm very proud of. I'm terrified of performing in front of people, but on that day, I had this confidence that I've never seen before. My sister's and I performed two songs at our church for the Hmong new year and despite all the stress we were feeling the night before, I was extremely proud of our performance. | The day we got our puppy was one of the most exciting days of my life. We drove nine hours to get her, but it was worth it. She brings such joy in our lives that I can't imagine how we were able to live before we got her! She definitely has a character of her own which makes her so adorable makes me love her even more. I'm thankful every day that she's apart of our lives.