Name: Nhi Tran
EMLS 112_Professor Harris
October 17, 2012
I have lived in the love of my beloveds, who were always by my side when I had difficulties, since I was born. Among my beloveds, there are three people having the strongest influence on my life. My father taught me how to stand up whenever I fell down. My mother always gave me love and encouragement even though I made a lot of mistakes as I was a teenager. Last but not least, my elder sister, my best friend and my only relative in the U.S., was the one who I can ask for advice when I had to make any decision. Without them, I could not become a good person as I am.
The first person who influenced my life is my father. Before becoming a successful businessman, he had been through a lot of difficulties. I remembered being told about his life as I was ten. My father is the fourth child of a poor family with nine children. After he graduated high school, instead of attending at a university in Vietnam, he had to work diligently to support his family due to his family's financial hardship during the Vietnam War. He opened a small business selling Buddhist statues with maternal uncle after getting married with my mother. A few years later, he was cheated by his trustiest partner, my maternal uncle. At that time, my grandparents thought his life was over; however, he started everything again with my mother's help. My father worked as hard as he could day by day with my mother and my paternal relatives. Five years later he became a successful businessman. He felt thankful for my maternal uncle because without his cheat, my father could not know why he wanted to keep going. He gave me a tumble doll on my eleventh birthday, saying that he wanted me to be strong girl like this doll and to know how to stand up after falling down like him. I always keep the tumble doll by my side since it reminds me of my father's story: there is always a hope when I fall down.
My elder sister, Trinh, is the next person who influenced my thought. Trinh is not only my sister, but she is also my best friend. Because she is only three-year older than me, we always share happiness and sadness. When we were very young, we were always arguing with each other and that made my parents really upset. We understood each other more and more as we grew up. My sister is the only one whom I can trust and can tell any problems...