Broken glass-topped table

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

Broken glass-topped tableWithin the first year of my parents' marriage, they bought multiple Chinese related furniture and items such as Matryoshka dolls, fans, and pottery while they stayed in Asia. My parents treat these items as a mark of their relationship, and are proud to have kept them in good condition for as long as they’ve been together. However, one day one of these items broke while I tried to cook. I attempted to cook with a griddle on top of our Chinese glass-topped table, and the heat shattered part of the glass underneath it. My parents were upset to have their “heirloom” be suddenly broken, but we were able to apply a border to prevent the glass from hurting us. This moment taught me to be more considerate of my behavior at home and to not let my impulsive behavior get in the way of  me rationalizing. To this day we still have the broken glass table at our home, and it remains as a constant reminder for me to stay careful and of my parents long lasting relationship.

Place(s): Hong Kong
Year: 2001

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Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant