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When my two sons were about 14 and 11 years old, they were given a video game break after doing their homework, and I got a chance to prepare for a photo shoot as a photographer. I remembered that I had folded my tripod into a pouch with a shoulder strap, but couldn’t find it afterwards. While one son was busy in front of a TV screen “killing” the enemies with a controller, the other son was at the computer with a similar game of his heroic adventure with explosive sound.
“Where is my tripod? Did you see it?”
No answer. I walked up stairs, downstairs, they didn’t even move their heads.
“Where is my tripod”? I raised my voice, after journeying upstairs and downstairs again.
No answer. They did not even move their eyes from their games.
I looked, and looked, EVERYWHERE. Just could not find it. Frustratingly, “WHERE. IS. MY. TRIPOD? ANY one?” I almost shouted.
No answer. All I heard was their games’ beeping and fighting sounds.
Then I realized the tripod pouch was strapped on my left shoulder all this time.
“It’s right on my shoulder!” I said surprisingly.
They both burst out laughing.
Back then, I could not laugh; but now I can.
(To read other excerpts, some of the other funny and short ones, from Joanne Z. Tan’s memoir)
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