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Hi! This is my second postcard to you! Although I haven't gotten anything back, I hope, by the time you read this card, you have read my first one and enjoyed reading it. Having talked about my family the first time I wrote to you, I am going to talk about my mom, which by the way I did not plan at all. When I was asked to share about my hero I had to sit down and think about it for a while because in fact I do not have a "hero". Some people might name few famouns figures in the past, like Martin Luther King Jr. or JFK. I do agree that they did have remarkable influences and should be paid certain respect. However, simply accepting their well-known accomplishments do not attract me so much that I can refer to either of them as my hero. Among all famous people in the history, I especially like Beethoven and if there were a time machine to travel back time, I would love to meet him and listen to his music. Nevertheless, I feel like there is something lacking for me to call him my hero. I think in order to name someone "my" hero, you first have to know the person well enough to find him or her worth your admiration, and then develop personal attachement, whether you can actually meet your hero or not. In that sense, I can say that my hero is my mom who is an artist, a professor, a wife, a mother, and a daughter. The picture printed on the post card is in fact my mom's very own artwork from her seventh exhibition. Since I was little, I have been proud of my mom's career, that she feels passionate about and that she can pour out her energy into other than her family. Every time she had her own exhibition, I felt proud of the fact that she could pull it off while taking care of my brother and me and preparing for the lectures at the same time. Having seen my mom work all the time ever since I was little and seeing her ability to handle all her works quite well indeed inspired me to be have a professional job myself when I grow up. She and her art pieces are even on the internet. I might be making her sound more popular than she actually is in the ceramic industry; however, it is just amazing to see your mom being interviewed and invited to talk about her career on radio stations.

Not only is she an accomplished artist and professor, but also a good daughter. It hasn't been long since I realized it because there wasn't much chance for me to spend enough time with my mom and grandma, at least until last summer, to see the relationship they had. Last summer when my mom decided to take my grandma to travel America for few months after surviving a pancreatic cancer and because my grandma likes to travel around, but hasn't been able to for years, I could see that just like I am to my mom, my mom is also a daughter to her mom. It is sometimes easy to forget about how my own parents are also children of their parents. The trip with my mom and my grandma, thus, reminded me that my mom is also a daughter – in fact, a good one. Because my grandma easily got tired from walking, before coming to America my mom learned how to give a foot massage, and gave my grandma massage once in few days. Not only that she always had to check if grandma was taking her right medications at the right time, order food that wasn’t too salty or greasy for her, and carry grandma’s heavy purse and water bottle. While travelling with them, I honestly asked myself if I would be able to do what my mom did to grandma when my own mom gets sick and old. And I wasn’t completely sure. And I am still not sure. Of course, I would be there for my mom when she is sick, but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to give her a foot massage.  

I can certainly say that my hero is my mom who is a great mom, a loving daughter, an accomplished artist and a popular professor. Nevertheless, it is not to say that she is perfect and that I love every aspect of her. There are things that I wish I do not inherit from my mom, but perhaps those things make her even a greater hero. Despite the presence of unfavorable characteristics, she can still be my hero after all.

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