My name is Chanty Hespe. I was born in Vietnam. My beloved
brother took his life at the age of 19. My father went
to the temple to seek comfort in this experience. The
monk told him that my brother would reincarnate within
a year to two. My son Joshua was born Sept. 26, 1995.
I called my dad to share with him that he was a grandfather.
I asked my father if he could recall the day my brother
took his life. My father said it was on Sept. 25, 1993
and he was notified of his death on the 26th. I asked
my father if he believed the monk, that my brother would
return into this world again within two years. He said
he did. Then I told him that my son Joshua was born
on Sept. 26, 1995. I had gone into labor Sept. 25. Breathless
on the other end of the phone, my father asked me to
check a mark on my son's thigh, which he had never mentioned
before. So I did, and there was a mark. The next words
that came out of my father's mouth were: "He is
not your son, but mine."
also have a daughter born Sept. 13. She is now seven
years old and so beautiful. When she was two, she took
her purse and told me she was looking for a job. I laughed
and thought she was imitating a TV show. I asked her
"where?" She responded, "New York City"
and said that she would be back. Well, four years later
we watched the news together one night. It was a piece
honoring the Sept. 11 tragedy. She looked at me and
said, "I want to visit that place. It's very important
not to forget those people." I asked what she knew
about Ground Zero and how she knew it. I told her it
was an adult thing and she was too little. She got upset
and said, "I know it happened a year before I was
born!" I had forgotten what year it happened and
didn't want her to know. So I wondered
she was one of those people who were in the 9/11 tragedy?
But I didn't think it was possible because, as I recalled,
I was pregnant with her at that time. So I asked her,
"What do you mean? What year did it happen?"
Her response was, "Well, it happened in 2001 because
I was born Sept. 13, 2002." I am still wondering
whether it could be possible.
Posted Aug. 20, 2010