Pink Orchid: A Mini-Memoir

By Ngoc Pease
From her forthcoming book, All My Tears, All My Blessings: A True Story of Courage, Hope, and Faith, as told to Wayne E. Groner 


Ngoc Pease
I was fourteen years old when I found her. On a cold morning before dawn I made my rounds in front of rich people’s houses about an hour from my village. I untied their garbage bags, selected what I thought would help make a meal for my family, placed the pieces into my own small plastic bag and retied the bags so the homeowners and garbage collectors wouldn’t know.

Sometimes there were streetlights, sometimes only porch lights. I approached a house with