Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Extraordinary Life of Bok Soon Jones

Here is my last post about mom and starting tomorrow I NEED to talk quilting.  I'll have to spend a couple of days figuring out where we left the last Give Away at and I really want to show you a slide show of our day at Crater Lake.  I met a wonderful quilter from Kansas that day.  Leave to me to find a quilter no matter where I go.

My mom arrived in New York City in 1953 with a 5 month old baby and was promptly left alone as my dad was shipped out the next week.  I found a beautiful love letter my dad wrote to my mother while she was alone in New York City...the only Korean.  Over the years she sponsored and brought her family and at last count she was responsible for helping several hundred people find a new life.

Today is our 34th wedding anniversary and we are going to spend it quietly on our happy to be back in Bend...if only for a short while.  My oldest son arrives on Monday and we are going to Skyp with my youngest on Monday night...I really need this time with my boys.  I am sure I will continue to have fits of blubbering but as I watch this incredible video made by my mom's nephew I rejoice in the extraordinary life she led.



  1. What a wonderful video. Great memories. Have a wonderfully quiet Anniversary. See ya soon!

  2. Thank you Debbie, it is nice to be home.

  3. Yeah my mom's nephew put together that video and did a wonderful job. He is distraught as my mom was his last relative in town and played such a critical roll in raising him. We sat out on our deck and enjoyed the quiet. I am still blubbering but I suspect that will be the way it is for a while.

  4. What a nice tribute to your mother and one of those things you can view when you need "a mom fix"! It gets easier, but after 13 years there are still moments that I can get teary.

    Happy Anniversary!

  5. Your wonderful memories of the fantastic person your mom was will sustain you, even though you will always miss her. May God give you an extra portion of grace and love this day.

  6. I love the video of your mom's life and will last for generations! When future (great)grandchildren say "What was great grandma like?", they can watch this video and know she was a whole lot of fun!

  7. Dear Anna, I want to offer my condolences to you. I checked your blog from Ann's on Cottons 'n Wool. You have done an exceptional job of presenting your mom to us all--what an amazing woman.

    And now I have a strange request: could you tell me the name of the second song on the video? I sounds Hawaiian. I have listened to it three times with tears running down my face, it's so beautiful.

    Thank you.

  8. Hi Chris, thank you for your supportive thoughts. I love that you enjoyed the music. I work with a most incredible Hawaiian who’s uncle was a famous singer on the island. My friend is also a “star” and has the same amazing voice. The first song Over the rainbow was sung my his uncle but the second one was my friend Bill Keale. This particular CD called After the Rain is a special one…and before I tell you name of the song you must hear my story (lol) I love a captive audience. My mother is as you can see on the video a traveler extraordinaire and one trip we did together and were parting ways, she to fly home and I was driving…on my way home I was checking on how she was doing at the airport waiting for her flight and she said…I am having a wonderful time listening to his Hawaiian guy sing…his voice is so beautiful! I told her to go up to him and ask him if his name was Bill because I thought it was my friend. Sure enough it was and she bought all his CD’s. for years after every time we saw each other at work he’d ask, “Annie (only he and my dad called me that) how’s your mom” I know it is going to be really hard the next time I see him…but I found the CD’s in her home and had to use the music. So there is the story of my mom and Bill Keale who you can find on the CD is After the Rain and the song…”Queen’s Jubilee.” All of his music is wonderful and I can say without a doubt Bill is truly the nicest person I have ever known. He puts on a big Hawaiian luau with dinner, dancers and singers every year to support a local school for handicapped children.

  9. Oh Anna, thank you! With all you have to do right now, I so appreciate your getting back to me!

    I love the story about your Mom and Bill. And I agree with her, his voice is so beautiful! I am going to go to Amazon right now! Tell Bill he has a new fan in Idaho. :-)

    I hope you're having a wonderful time on your trip! May it be a wonderful therapy and a lovely time for you.