Father’s Day 2021: “Six Years to Win My Family’s Hearts Back”

This Father's Day, we celebrate the inspiring journey towards recovery of Kim Sun, an alumnus from HCSA Highpoint Halfway House.

The most heartbreaking incident and regrettable moment in my life was when my father had to kneel in front of me, begging me to be a better person.

Father’s Day 2021: “Six Years to Win My Family’s Hearts Back”

“我跟我母亲说很多次我亏欠她太多了。我父母亲以前一直很疼,17岁我就加入私会党。父母亲一直在外面找我但找不到,直到我被警察扣留才知道我在哪里。年轻时的头脑很简单 一直想要出头、名声大。最惭愧的是我的父亲跪下来求我好好做人。这件事到现在让我很内疚、是我最大的遗憾。

母亲探访时跟我说,“过了这次你出来就看不到我。”所以我就怕了。以前家里的人对我太失望,不要担保我出来。我老婆过世,最后一面我都没看到她。但我也没有怪他们,因为这是我的错。

我用了六年博取回他们的信任。母亲 、兄弟姐妹都说:你不像以前那样了。最重要的是我的母亲 她说她现在比中马票还要高兴。我感谢上天给我机会孝顺我妈,让我弥补以前的错。我可以专心专一地孝顺母亲。

我的儿子一直怕我不够钱花,时不时过一点钱去我的户口。我说我现在没有抽烟,没有喝酒,做工也有储蓄了不需要那么多钱,把钱还给他。他说:爸,你真的变了。我们真的佩服你。对我来说人家有钱,我就替他高兴,何必跟他比较?不如好好脚踏实地也是很高兴、平安。”

(Translation) “I’ve told my mother countless times, ‘I owe you too much.” Being naïve, I chased fame and ran away to join unlawful societies at 17 years old. My parents, who doted on me so much, found me only when I got caught by the police. The most heartbreaking incident and regrettable moment in my life was when my father had to kneel in front of me, begging me to be a better person.

When my mum visited me in prison, she said that due to her ailing health, it might be the last time I see her. I got really scared, because I didn’t get to bid goodbye when my wife passed on either. My family was too disappointed to bail me out back then, but I don’t blame them at all.

It took me six years to rebuild my relationship with them, and they all say that I’ve changed for the better. Most importantly, my mum feels happier than winning the lottery! I thank the Lord for giving me the chance to be a filial son and atone for my mistakes.

My son always transfers money to my account as he’s afraid I don’t have enough. But I returned his money and told him that I don’t drink or smoke anymore, and I have savings from my job now. ‘Dad, we’re impressed—you’ve really changed,’ said my son. 

If others have riches and wealth, I’ll be happy for them. Why compare? Instead, being contented with what you have will bring you happiness and peace too.”

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