Let me tell you first that Dr. Meeks is probably the person who has my deepest respect outside of my field of Chemistry. He was our children’s pediatrician from the time they were born until they left home to enter college. There was a shortage of pediatricians in Johnson City in 1971. When we called his office to ask for an appointment for Pan-pan and Steven, we were told that he was not taking any new patients. Later his office called back to tell Janice that Dr. Meeks remembered me from when I was a student at ETSU and would be glad to take our children. So we were with him for the next eighteen years! Not only did we appreciate his expertise is caring for our children, we also admired his personal integrity. He was a typical southern gentleman and a model human being! While we did not agree with his conservative political point of view much of the time, we did respect his sincerity. We do not have a picture of him when he was practicing medicine. The pictures below are from his son’s Facebook page. His son sang in the Civic Choral with me for many years.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
As I told you in my last blog, the 1972 Xmas break was a very good break for everyone. Father went home before the Chinese New Year in early February. Janice and I talked about that get-together. Both of us believe that this set the stage for Father to make a decision quickly - 12 years later – without hesitation - to come to the USA to live with us after Mother passed away. He was very comfortable with the life in Johnson City during this Holiday break. While this is a story for later, we certainly did not realize at the time that a wonderful holiday break had such important implications. It was only when I reviewed the slides I took during those days that I started to feel emotion about my Father during that period. Some of the pictures below were collected to give you some taste of my feelings:
Monday, June 10, 2013
One thing great about the teaching profession is the regularity of “Holiday Breaks”. Both winter and summer vacations, plus other national holidays, are available to you and your family. You could have a long summer vacation, if you did not want to work in the summer and you did not need any summer income. It is really up to you to decide how much you want to work. Dean was also teaching in 1972, so his family came from Kansas for the winter vacation break. Ed and Kai were in school, so they also came for the break. Father was very, very happy with all his kids and grandkids. Besides playing DiPai, a game from his native Hubei, and Mahjong with the adults, he enjoyed activities with the young ones!
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
It was an emotional experience for Father to see snow again in the winter of 1972. When the family lived in Nanking before the communists came and forced our family to escape to Taiwan in 1949, my Father was familiar with snow every winter. We were certainly among the “privileged”. I remember that I was picked up from school by a sedan when snow came and it was cold outside. The sedan was provided by Father’s working place in Chiang Kai Shek’s government. In Taiwan, there is no snow. So Father had not experienced winter time since ‘49. After twenty some years, when he saw snow in Tennessee, he said that he had not imagined that he would ever see it again in his life-time, especially in the USA!!!, of all places in the world. We had to take some pictures to remember this! The following were taken in our front and back yards in Tennessee.