I wonder if I could have some of the fruit, it looks delicious.
No, these are some of your great grandmother's favorite foods, and you must wait until we light the incense and say a few words, then you can eat.
Thank you all for coming today. I want to say a few words in remembrance of my mother. She was a kind and genuine person, who truly cared about others. I am so sad today and wish that I had been with her in the last few days of her life, but I know she has lived a good life. She has helped many and sacrificed for our family. I am forever grateful.
I love the scent of the incense, it is so calming.
I leave the group and notice fruit on the table.
Before we ate, my grandfather said a few words.
Next year, and every year after that, we will gather on this same day to honor my mother.
My grandfather lit the incense, and we all did the same.
I'm glad I got to know more about my great grandmother and the person she was. I am also happy that I was able to learn more about Vietnamese culture and their traditions.
After the incense was done burning, it was time to eat.
All of the food looks and smells delicious. There is pho, egg rolls, beef stew, grilled pork, and many other dishes that I am excited to eat.
When we were done eating, my grandfather said a few final words.
When we got back into the car to head home, I started thinking to myself about the events that had occurred today.