I met up with Jose
(my virtual boyfriend and a dear friend of mine) last night and he gave me a gift…
At first I wondered why the book? Am I that angry? But as he hands it to me he explains that he’s giving it to me not because I’m angry but he knows I’ll smile once I read the book. I’d be reminded of myself… I smiled indeed. With some doubts in my head of course.
And then I read the message he wrote on the book. It said:
To my dearest Nemcy,
I was just walking around a mall and saw a copy of this book. I thought of giving it to you not because you’re angry.
You see, I used to visit this comic strip’s website almost religiously. But then I forgot about it.
I say this because we forget things. We forget sorrow. We forget pain. We forget disappointment. On the other side of that, we forget that life can be beautiful. We forget that we are loved. We forget happiness.
When I saw this book, I am reminded how I laugh at this strip. Nemcy, sadness, pain, sorrow, disappointment will never go away. But we can forget about them occasionally. It just takes a bit of effort to come up for air. But we’re stronger than the storm. We just forget that. We should remind each other.
My VBF is right. I’m really such a forgetful person. We all are. And thank goodness for friends. Chosen friends.
And then as I browse the pages of the book, I found the page he was referring to that reminded me of him:
Yup. I’m definitely Kim, the angry Asian girl. My mom is not Chinese but I have “instances” like this (and yes, I just had one awhile ago but moms will be moms I guess). It doesn’t end there. But it’s better to understand the characters… and read the book and/or strips ;)
I read this book 3 times today. Still has the same effect on me:
• I nodded.
• I smiled.
• I laughed at some strips.
• And I laughed harder on other pages.
Each characters reminded me of certain people. And most of the time I’m Kim (sometimes I’m crazy Maria too, that makes me a schizo as the book said!) but I guess I know why. This explains some of the characters:
Kim the Angry Asian Girl
Mother Lee, Kim's Mother
The strips are simple, easy read and it’s true!!!
I have no way of communicating to Ms. Lela Lee (hope she reads this) that her strips, her created characters are simple but brilliant! ^_^ Ms. Lee, I do hope you come up with more books like these and strips to read ;)
Check out the site here
. Read the strips and check out which girl are you? Ü