Andrew Tran is a nurse assistant at Kaiser Permanente. He enjoys writing poetry, dancing, fishing, and paying it forward. Figs are his favorite fruit and he has a strong distaste for parades.

Guilt, Pain, and Shame
By Andrew Tran

WHEN I WAS 4 years old, my very first memory of my father was how he used guilt to discipline me. “Don’t do that, Andrew, you don’t know how long I have to live.”