︎ Pao Her
photographer and educator
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
translated by Peng Wu
MOM: How are you doing? I’m so worried about you, I couldn’t sleep at all last night. I just wished that it was your dad and I who got sick, and not our kids. Why did you have to get sick.
PAO: MOM stop. Everything will be fine. I’m okay.
MOM: I’m so worried about you.
PAO: I know but you also need to take care of yourself.
MOM: Your dad and I are fine. We’re just worried about you kids.
PAO: I know. Mom, we’ll all get through this together.
MOM: I heard from the Hmong radio that drinking opium water helps. They had testimonies from all sorts of people. So I made some, your dad and I drank it and I think it’s really helping us.
PAO: MOM! You do realize that, that’s not a good idea? It could kill you.
MOM: I made some and am having Allan drop it off. Drink a cup in the morning and a cup at night.
PAO: Are the opium, the ones that you grew for me up at the land?