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Mrs. Bui Thi Bich Phuong

Speaking of áo dài, I would like to tell you my story of an unforgettable memory of this traditional dress. It has brought miracles to my husband's life, a story that I have hidden in my heart for a long time.

Thanks to your program, I had the chance to share this story of the miracles that had happened to my family.

In 2001, my husband discovered he had cancer, and our family was shocked to receive this bad news. Our mother-in-law, me and our siblings were stunned. But after a few days, we resumed our daily life, encouraging ourselves to stay positive, in order to begin the fight against this evil. My husband had been back and forth very often between the hospital and his office, he continued to work despite this illness.

He told me he needed to stay in good shape to watch all the women in our family wear áo dài, which he had loved since forever, during the remaining New Years celebrations of his life.

He explained to me that, since he had seen me wearing the áo dài during the Commercial Civilization contest (in 1995), this outfit had become a remarkable symbol of beauty to him.

In 10 years, our life passed in peace. But since 2011, his illness had worsened, and our family had prepared again, with all our strength, for this fight against cancer. We no longer had time to think about days of celebration, of happiness. Sometimes I found my husband just standing there, lost in sadness. I asked him what he thought, and he told me that he really misses the times when our family gets together, when he can see all of our family members wearing the pretty áo dài. At that moment, I felt it and I was so sad for him. He told me, honey, I can feel that my health has weakened as the days go by. “Now I have only two wishes: that I will be in good shape to accompany you to our son's wedding to see you wearing the áo dài next to me in the ceremony to bless our son, and that we can go to France to visit our daughter, and travel to the surrounding countries. Then, my life will be fulfilled. Just these two wishes, but I don't know if it will ever be achieved." I told him to stay optimistic, that God would never let him down.

And finally came the day when my son announced his marriage. We two burst into emotions. One of his wishes has now come true.

During the wedding, my husband had to put in a lot of effort in order to stay there all day for me, and for our family. He was really tired, but he was so happy when his wish came true. There was only one left.

But the other wish can never be achieved.

In 2015, he left us for another world, with the second wish remaining unfulfillable. But thanks to your program, I manage to transmit this remarkable history of the áo dài to you and to our daughter in France, the country that he would like to visit one day. Where our daughter was educated, and now well settled with her job. I think he is happy watching our family from his new world.

Handwriting message from Ms. Phuong

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