Mother remarried again， and Bob was a wonderful， kind man. I was twenty now and no longer living at home， but I felt a great love and attachment for him. A few years later my mother was diagnosed with cancer and was not given long to live. Shortly before she died， Bob came over to my house alone one day. We talked about a lot of things， and then he told me that he wanted me to know that he‘d always be there for me， even after Mother was gone. Then he asked if he could adopt me.
I could hardly believe my ears. Tears streamed down my face. He wanted me - me！ This man had no obligation to me， but he was reaching out from his heart， and I accepted. During the adoption proceedings， the judge commented on all the undesirable duties of his profession and then with a tear in his eye， thanked us for brightening his day as he pronounced us father and daughter. I was twenty-five， but I was his little girl.
Dragon Boat Race traditions at the center of this festival are the dragon boat races. competing teams drive their colorful dragon boats forward to the rhythm of beating drums. these exciting races were inspired by the villager‘s valiant attempts to rescue chu yuan from the mi lo river. this tradition has remained unbroken for centuries.
tzung tzu a very popular dish during the dragon boat festival is tzung tzu. this tasty dish consists of rice dumplings with meat, peanut, egg yolk, or other fillings wrapped in bamboo leaves. the tradition of tzung tzu is meant to remind us of the village fishermen scattering rice across the water of the mi low river in order to appease the river dragons so that they would not devour chu yuan.
ay taso the time of year of the dragon boat festival, the fifth lunar moon, has more significance than just the story of chu yuan. many chinese consider this time of year an especially dangerous time when extra efforts must be made to protect their family from illness. families will hang various herbs, called ay tsao, on their door for protection. the drinking of realgar wine is thought to remove poisons from the body. hsiang bao are also worn. these sachets contain various fragrant medicinal herbs thought to protect the wearer from illness.