My late mother liked orange sweet tea trees. She used to say she liked the plant because it was giving off sweet fragrance before she noticed. Hearing that comment from my mother, I was always so surprised. I just thought that kind of comment was out of her character.
The poem says by breaking a branch of the odoriferous tree and putting it in your sleeve you can save the trouble to burn incense to make your clothing fragrant.
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I put some flower petals on the water in a glass container. Then I placed it in front of my late mother’s photograph, thinking it would create a cool feeling and that it would help praying for her soul.
Before my late mother/
Flowers floating in a glass container/
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On these fans, I wrote the initial letter of my late mother’s name, a passage from an old children’s song and my favorite phrase, “breaking into a broad smile” for my mother. She used to use a fan quite noisily before falling asleep on the bed on summer evenings. Thus, these all are worn-looking but somehow, I feel like keeping them.