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Monday, August 19, 2019

Letter Box

written by Chakriya PHOU

How I and my husband met.
It was like a movie. Talked about it, it was funny.
Incredible love.
We met because of letter box.

I remembered a morning I walked to office located near my house. I found a box behind the tree about 2 meters from the office. I did not know why I was so care about the box which was opposite to my personality.
(After I got married to him, I realized why.)
I took the box to office. I did not check it until I got home.
I opened the box and saw letters. Not many.
I opened letters and read them.
Let me show you the letters that I already classified them:


November, 10 2008

Dear Mum,
I arrive Phnom Penh. I stay with my friends. We rent a room cost $50. There are five persons. We pay $10 each. The school starts now. I study from 7:00 AM till 11:30 AM. I have lunch at school. I stay at school because I don’t want to be late for the next class. The class will start again at 1:00 PM. From my room location to the school takes about 30 minutes. I go to school with my room’s mate. He has motor.
I will send letter home monthly. I send through the taxi driver that gives this letter to you. If you have something to tell me, you can tell him and he will tell me. He is kind person. He delivers letter for free. His name is Mu.
I wish you and our family healthy and happiness.

Miss you,
From Soth

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November, 15 2008

Soth,
I ask Rith, living next to our house, to help reading and writing letter reply to you. I am doing fine here. Your father is better now. He can get up and can eat by himself. Don’t worry about us. Please study hard, but don’t forget take care your health.

From Mum

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December, 10 2008

Dear Mum,
I got a job now. I work as guard at a guesthouse. I work from 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM. My salary is $40. I will send some to family.

From Soth

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December, 12 2008

Dear Son,
I don’t need it. Please keep it. You live in city. You need to spend much. We don’t need money. Don’t work so hard. You have to take care of your health. You have to have enough food and sleeping.

Mum

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February, 24 2009

Dear Mum,
How are you, Mum? How is father?
I got a new job at the coffee shop. I got much salary than working at the guesthouse. Also, the working time is less than the previous job. I have time to study. Next month, I will learn English. When I know it, I can find better job and better salary. Then I can send money home. Don’t worry, Mum. I know what to do.
Thanks for your Prohok. It is delicious. It makes me miss when we were eating together at the farm.

From your son,
Soth

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March, 13 2009

Dear Son,
I am fine. Your father is well now. He can go to farm. Sith helps your father when he is free from school. He stops go out for pleasure. He helps your father and helps housework sometimes. He changes now. I am happy with him.
I sent Prohok to you and I gave some to the driver in order to thank him that he has helped us. If you need more or need something to eat, please tell. Food in our village is fresh and natural, not like in Phnom Penh, all are chemical. I heard from radio.

Mum

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March, 17 2009

Mum,
You know about chemical food. You live in countryside, but you know the situation in Phnom Penh. You are update, Mum.
Well, I will tell you if I need fresh and natural food. The food here is tasty, but I like your cook the most.
I will write letter to you again when I have free time.

From Soth

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April, 1 2009

Dear Mum,
It is nearly New Year. My school is on vacation. I will visit hometown for 1 week. I will arrive on 10th about 4:00PM. See you soon, Mum.

From Soth

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August, 7 2009

Dear Bong(1)  Soth,
I have received money that you sent by the uncle Mu. I gave it to mum. Now, father is still in the health division. The doctor said his illness was not serious, but he needed him to stay there because it was easy to follow up his condition. Mother also stays at the division to take care of father.
Just concentrate on your study. Don’t worry anything. Father will be fine soon.

From Sith

(     (1)   Bong is used to call the person whom is older. It can be used to call both man and woman.

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August, 9 2009

Dear Sith,
Please keep in touch. If father got anything wrong, hurry to tell me. Also, if you need money to buy medicine or pay for the treatment or for everything, tell me. Furthermore, you have to keep secret from mum that you tell me about father’s illness and also about money I sent to you. She will be more worried. You can tell her that someone lends you etc.
Don’t forget! You must inform me about father’s condition.

From Soth

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August, 14 2009

Dear Bong,
Father’s condition is changed. The doctor already sent him to the provincial hospital. Uncle Rith accompanied with mum to take care father. I’m not yet getting any news from him.

From Sith

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August, 30 2009

Dear Bong,
I got news from uncle Rith that our father was fine now. His disease was cured. He would come back home soon.

From Sith

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September, 2 2009

Dear Sith,
Please tell mum and dad that I will go to see them.

From Soth

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December, 7 2009

Son,
Your father is so happy that you visited him. He said to me after you left that you lost weight. He told me to tell you to eat much and not to work so hard. He said he would live to wait to see you graduate from university. He said that you do not need to worry about him. He would take care of his health to wait for your coming back.

From Mum

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December, 11 2009

Dear Mum,
Don’t worry about me. I am fine. Please tell father that my health is good. I will eat following his advice. I will bring back the certificate of bachelor degree to raise our family’s honor. I will not make everyone hopeless.

From your son,
Soth

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February, 14 2010
Dear parents,
Today is 14 of February. It is valentine day. In Phnom Penh, people buy rose offering to their loved person. I buy lotus and go to pagoda. I offer the flower to the Buddha’s statue to pray for all of you.I would like to knee down and express my great respect to two of you from the distance. You are my god. You gave me birth. You raised me even it was hard but you never complain. You have mercy on me. Your merit is bigger than the Mount Meru. Nothing can pay back your merit. I have only ten fingers express thank to you.
I love you. I love two of you. I love brother. I love our family.

From your son, 
Soth

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February, 16 2010

Dear son,
We received your letter. Sweetheart, we thank that you love us. We don’t want you to pay anything. Just see you are a good person; you have bright future; it is enough. We don’t want anything. We want to see you have knowledge, good life, not like us; it is what all parents want.
We will pray to the Buddha to take care and protect you all the time.
We are fine here. You don’t need to worry. Don’t forget take care of your health. Go to bed early. Don’t stay late at night.

From your parents,

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March, 9 2010

Dear Mum and Dad,
How are you doing?
I want to tell you that this New Year I don’t go to hometown. I will find extra work in order to save money to buy cellphone for you. It is easy for us to contact. I wish you in New Year, healthy and long life.

From your son, 
Soth

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March, 21 2010

Dear Bong Soth,
This New Year, I will visit you. I will come with uncle Mu. He agreed to drive me to see you. Please come to take me at the taxi depot. I will arrive one day before New Year’s days at 12:00PM.

From your brother, 
Sith

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July, 21 2010

Dear Mum,
I bought the cellphone I asked uncle Mu to give it to you. You can let Sith to learn how to use it from him. I will call when uncle Mu arrives. I will call you often. If you want to call me, you can ask Sith to make it for you. Please tell father.

From Soth

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Actually, I got the box in 2017. And I met my husband in this year too. He was working in my office, and he was my boss.
It was called a fate.
It was coincidence he lost the box. It was coincidence I found the box.
But it was not coincidence we fell in love for we had feeling for each other since we just had met.
The box was precious to him. He felt guilty and unhappy when he lost the box.
I told my colleague about the box and he heard it from her. He called me and we started.
I thought I did not need to explain more to you. You realized the end of the story. Prince and Princess got happy ending.

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