For the grandchildren
Before designing Uncle Ho’s wooden stilt house at the Presidential Palace (upper floor has two rooms, one room Uncle used for work, one rest room, and downstairs was where Uncle Ho met and received guests). Uncle has an opinion:
– Uncle’s guests have many, sometimes he has to receive many grandchildren, so he designed for Uncle a row of cement chairs around.
Obey Uncle, the comrades designed that row of seats. Every time the children come, they gather around Uncle and receive candy from Uncle.
One day Uncle said to his assistant:
– See, Uncle’s “tiny” guests are quite a lot, for the children to be happy, there must be a scene for the children to see, I try to find a tank to raise goldfish as an ornamental for the children.
Obeying Uncle, the assistant went to buy an aquarium located in the hallway of the lower floor of the house on stilts and released three very beautiful goldfish.
Every day, after work, Uncle often feeds goldfish. People who save crumbs of bread for fish food. Under the care of Uncle, the three goldfish grew and developed.
It is cold in winter, Uncle said:
Fish, like people, must keep the temperature warm enough in winter. You should make a fish tank cover to ensure the warmth of the fish.
Visitors to Uncle Ho’s house, especially “tiny guests” enjoyed watching the goldfish tank. The fishes are very colorful, bouncing, sparkling, swimming and diving in the water tank.
Let the kids take charge
It was also at Uncle Ho’s house in the Presidential Palace that there was a memorable event, showing Uncle Ho’s special attention to children. From June 22 to July 6, 11, Uncle Ho reserved that place for the children to make an exhibition room “Children with 7 things Uncle Ho taught”. In 1961 days, nearly 5 children came to see the exhibition and have fun in the summer. Uncle Ho and Uncle Ton came to talk and attend a party with 20 children at the closing ceremony on July 10, 2.000.
Comrades who served Uncle Ho felt still alive when in the summer of 1961 children held an exhibition “Following the 5 things Uncle Ho taught” in the guest house of the Presidential Palace.
The main exhibition center is the formal living room of the house. Many children who come to this place for the first time like it very much, everywhere they touch it, they happily roll out of the house and onto the lawn.
The singing, the laughter resounding, it was a festival. There was a comrade who was afraid that the loudspeaker would affect the surrounding organs, so he asked Uncle to remove the speaker, but Uncle said:
– Your exhibition must have speakers to be happy.
Uncle also mentioned that there must be a lot of ice cream, syrup, water and candy to serve the children.
Sometimes, when taking breaks, Uncle also goes out to see the children having fun. One day, when Uncle Ho was walking downstairs, he saw a room with benches. Uncle asked the comrades what the chair was for. The serving comrade said:
– Uncle, for the children who are tired.
Seeing this, Uncle said:
– Why is there no bed for the children?
The next day, the exhibition service comrades contacted the Ministry of Health, and the benches were folded to make way for lovely beds.
Uncle Ho is like that. Uncle’s guests, even the smallest ones, are always respected and cared for.
I miss the brave young boys of the South
In December 1968, the young warriors of the South were studying in the Ta Ngan area when a couple of uncles brought cars to pick them up to Hanoi. Practice, Autumn, Net, Pho, Men, Hoa… do not understand what’s going on. Returning to the capital the day before, the next day, a car came to pick me up, and when I entered the Presidential Palace yard, I knew that I could go in and see Uncle Ho.
As soon as I got out of the car, I saw Uncle Ho and Uncle Ton sitting on a bench in front of the house. Everyone rushed to greet the two Uncles.
Father and son talk to each other. Then Uncle Ho said:
– Come on, let’s go and have dinner with the two uncles!
The meal didn’t have much meat or fish, but it was very cozy. The young warriors were allowed to eat with Uncle Ho and Uncle Ton. Ne, the smallest person in the group, his head just peeking out from the side of the table, was always picked up by Uncle Ho.
While eating, my uncle talked happily. After eating, the two uncles gave each child a rose, an apple, a pear and three books “Good people and good deeds”.
Then Uncle Ho said:
– The children came here to kiss the two uncles and then come back.
After the brave men kissed the two Uncles, Uncle Ho instructed:
– The children go to school to try to study well.
All emotional. Doan Van Luyen then boldly said to Uncle:
– Uncle, we thought that the two uncles called us to have a need.
Uncle Ho smiled gently and said:
– The two uncles missed them, so they called the children back so they could meet and ask questions.
Hearing that, Luyen and his friends were moved to tears. The two uncles are old, with hundreds of thousands of jobs, yet they still remember the children of the South. Practice thinking:
“I can live in the North, but the two Uncles still worry and love me!…”.
Uncle Ho visited the flower garden with thousands of good deeds
On the morning of the first day of the Lunar New Year (February 9, 2), Uncle Ho returned to Tam Son to meet representatives of ethnic groups in Ha Bac province, meeting at Touch Pagoda.
As soon as Uncle Ho’s car entered the place, Nguyen The Hai, a first-grader who was playing with his friends, suddenly shouted:
– Uncle Ho! Uncle Ho!
Uncle Ho returned to visit his homeland for thousands of good deeds.
All the children stopped playing and gathered around Uncle’s car.
Comrade in need of service came out from the car to remind the children, then opened the door and invited Uncle to come down.
Uncle smiled at them and asked:
– Are you playing Tet?
– Uncle, yes!
– Dear Uncle, in the new year, we wish you good health and long life!…
The children race to say things that they have long wanted to tell Uncle, but are too nervous, can’t say much…
Uncle Ho was very happy. After listening to them, Uncle said:
– Do you guys do a thousand good deeds, remember and follow what Uncle told you to do?
– Yes, Uncle! – Nguyen The Hai stood still and read the 5 things Uncle Ho taught in a row like reading in unison in class.
All laughed. But everyone was happy because Hai answered correctly.
When Uncle and other leaders walked up to the temple. The Honorable Children’s Team presented flowers to Uncle, Uncle received the bouquet from Union Captain Nguyen Toan Thang and gave it to the comrade in need.
Uncle asked Thang:
– Do you study well? Got Uncle’s reward?
– Yes, Uncle. I received Uncle’s reward twice: Once a notebook, once two oranges.
I have received Uncle’s reward, I have to help my friends study very well, work very well… so that many people can share Uncle’s reward, that’s good.
– Yes sir!
You guys are clean and good!
In early 1967, Uncle Ho visited Thai Binh province. Children in the Democratic neighborhood sang the song “Liberation of the South” to welcome Uncle. Uncle asked:
– Are the children good?
– Yes, Uncle! The children answered.
– Do you obey your parents?
– Yes, Uncle!
– Are the children’s accommodation clean?
– Yes, Uncle!
– What is the key for Uncle to see?
Beautiful hands, stretched out in front of Uncle to see. Uncle nodded with satisfaction because he saw that the lives of the children in the countryside had gradually changed with the lives of the villagers.
You guys are clean and nice. Uncle Ho took candy to share with the grandchildren and then continued to go.
For the babies
Recalling the successful new revolution, Uncle Ho was very excited when he heard the sound of drums and frogs, watching the children’s steps trying to appear majestic, but still full of children’s features.
There were times when Uncle Ho had to look over someone’s shoulder from his office on a high floor in the North, so that the children could not see him and Uncle was free to look at them. In those happy days, the children often wore a uniform with blue pants, a white shirt, and a calorie hat. Uncle stood looking at the children for a long, long time. What do people think?
In the evening, when working, there was a baby singing, Uncle signaled to stop and listen. Then Uncle asked:
– Can you guess how old this kid is?
– Uncle, five years old.
– According to Uncle, less.
– When I asked the radio comrades again, I found that Uncle often guessed correctly. There is nothing difficult to understand, because Uncle has listened a lot, listened very attentively. And surely, while listening to Uncle Ho, imagine that little girl or boy!
But I still don’t understand why I’m working. Do you still leave the radio? Once I asked if I should turn off the radio, Uncle looked at me thoughtfully and said:
– Leave it alone, uncle. To hear human voices. Uncle at home, whether the children cry or the wife sulk, sometimes harsh words, but it is all family love…
Uncle Ho with orphans at Kim Dong camp
During a visit to the Kim Dong orphanage, Uncle Ho saw that the camp gate was covered with many barbed wire and looked very uncomfortable, he gently spoke to the officer in charge but was very poignant.
This is the place to raise and take care of orphans, why are the aunts and uncles fenced with barbed wire like a prison?
The person in charge, sir
Sir, this is the property left by the old era
Uncle does not agree, The aunts and uncles must remove these barbed wire immediately. The old regime grouped children here, we have to raise them for their future. Uncle went to each dining room, living room, classroom where the children lived. Uncle praised neat, tidy, clean, but is there any difficulty?
The aunts and uncles replied
The children’s accommodation is still cramped, Uncle. Uncle just smiled
You are only partially correct. For orphans, the biggest thing is to make up for the love. The children have lost their father and mother, the aunts and uncles here are their fathers and mothers. The aunts and uncles raise and teach the children to behave with their whole heart as a mother and father, take care of them, and teach them.
I see here, to the children, there is still a “soldier camp”, lacking the warmth of family. It is right to teach children to be disciplined and to live in order. But don’t let them lose their innocence, their joy and their comfort. Don’t turn your children into “young grandparents”. The aunts and uncles must make the children see that Camp Kim Dong is their family. When they are away, they remember, when they are at home, they are happy. If that’s the case, then why is it necessary to fence with barbed wire, to keep a close watch with the children?
Uncle asked again
Are there many less children?
Yes, there are many more Uncle
How much is a lot?
While the manager was still confused, Uncle immediately said
The manager must know each child in detail. Only then will teaching have good results. Uncle told Uncle Thuan to let him meet the weakest kid in the camp
Quoc stood with his arms crossed in front of Uncle, Uncle bent down to gently stroke her hair. Uncle asked:
– What’s your name?
– Uncle, my name is Quoc Lui! Uncle looked at me, embarrassed:
– Who gave you that name?
“Yes sir, that’s what you call me.
– Why do you call me Quoc Lui?
– Uncle… I… I often escaped from camp. I slipped through the fence, into the alleys.
– Why don’t you stay in the camp and escape?
– Uncle… being in the camp was very hard.
– How miserable?
– Yes, we are bound by all kinds of things.
– Can you tell me clearly about the restraint?
Quoc looked at Uncle Ho with tears in his eyes, choking and speechless.
Uncle patted my head, Uncle understood everything, although I could not say what I wanted to say to Uncle, Uncle advised Quoc: “From now on, you must strive to get rid of the name “Loi”, keep the name Quoc…” . Tears streamed down Quoc’s cheeks.
Uncle Ho took Quoc’s hand and went to the place where the whole camp was gathering to wait for him.
Uncle cordially told the children about some good examples of children in the resistance war against France, good examples of children in the Soviet Union and other countries. The children couldn’t hold back their tears when listening to Uncle Ho tell about his childhood, Uncle used to crave a toy, wished for a new set of clothes to wear for Tet. Uncle also lost his mother when he was nine or ten years old. Uncle had to carry me to beg for milk after the day my mother passed away
Uncle instructed the children as he told me:
– You must obey the aunts and uncles in charge. Children must be obedient, honest, polite to adults, respect the elderly, help the disabled and sick. The children in the group together, the more they must love each other like siblings. And you must have the courage to correct your shortcomings and bad habits to grow up as the owner of the country, not to let yourself be a burden on society…
Then he said:
– Do you promise to do what Uncle told you to do?
A “yes” resounded, evenly and vibrantly. Uncle also further instructed the children that, following the brave example of martyr Kim Dong in studying and training, if the child achieves good results, he will be notified by the board of charge, Uncle will send a reward. And Uncle Ho cordially promised: “If the whole camp makes great progress, Uncle will come back to visit you many more times”.
On that day, Uncle left many gifts to share with the children. Receiving gifts from Uncle Ho, many children did not eat and kept them as souvenirs.
From that day, in each of the children’s eyes, the joy of receiving Uncle’s gifts was shining. Quoc does not go out of the camp anymore, but preserves himself as he keeps the memory of Uncle Ho’s gifts in his heart.
Uncle Ho’s apple
In 1946, Uncle went to France to negotiate with the French Government on issues related to the country’s destiny. The mayor of Paris opened a solemn banquet for Uncle Ho. When he left, he took an apple from the table and put it in his pocket. Everyone was surprised and curious at that gesture of Uncle.
At the door, Uncle saw a large number of overseas Vietnamese and French people standing to welcome him. Seeing a mother holding a baby in her arms, Uncle Ho approached and raised his hand to hold the baby. At that time, Uncle took out an apple from his pocket and gave it to the child. The child’s mother and the people traveling with him were very touched by Uncle Ho’s love for children.
The next day, the story “Uncle Ho’s apple” was published on the front page of the French newspapers. Newspapers also reported that when the girl received the apple, she kept it in her hand, and no one asked for it. When I got home, I left the apple on the desk. Her parents said: “Eat it, otherwise it will spoil for a long time and can’t be eaten”. But I definitely won’t eat. She said: “It is Uncle Ho’s apple for me, I will keep it for a long time as a souvenir”.
Not only giving love to children in the country, Uncle Ho also gave immense love to children from all over the world. And children from all over the world have shown their boundless love for Uncle.
An unexpected meeting
Once in the early spring of 1963, after visiting the facility, on the way back to Hanoi, seeing a hill with luxuriant trees, Uncle let him rest. At this time, it was deserted at noon, the uncles and nephews took out the rice balls to eat while watching the scenery.
Just finished eating, sitting for a while to rest, I heard the sound of wading and people whispering. A few comrades followed Uncle and ran out and saw dozens of boys and girls, holding rakes and picking vegetables, heading towards the big tree where Uncle was resting. The security comrade reported the situation to Uncle, Uncle smiled:
– The uncles invited the children to come here to play with Uncle, but remember not to scare the children. The children ran happily and gathered in a circle around Uncle, all the children were happy and excited.
Uncle looked around affectionately and asked cheerfully:
– What are you doing so crowded? A young boy politely replied:
– Dear Uncle, a friend saw Uncle get off the car and told us to come and see Uncle!
Uncle smiled happily:
-Want to see it? I’m sitting here, if you want to see it, watch it carefully.
Uncle, grandchildren and uncles went together, laughing happily. Uncle asked:
– Do you all go to school? Are there any children here who can’t go to school?
– Yes, we all go to school. Uncle smiled kindly:
– That’s good. Are the children doing well in school? Are you good?
Many children are excited to answer Uncle.
– We are good, good boy!
Uncle nodded satisfied and asked the children to sing. The children looked at each other and sang the song “Who loves Uncle Ho more than teenagers.” So in the vast nature of heaven and earth, a choir of tiny artists performed passionately under the sky. The rhythmic hand of the beloved Uncle Ho.
After singing, Uncle affectionately looked at his grandchildren and said in a gentle voice:
– Uncle thanked the children for visiting Uncle, singing to him. I hope you study hard, study well, obey teachers and parents. Now Uncle has to go on, Uncle and I temporarily parted here.
Through the story of studying and following Uncle Ho’s words: An unexpected meeting, we draw the following meanings and lessons learned:
During his lifetime, Uncle Ho was a person who loved children very much. He always pays special attention to the young generation of the country. His teachings and writings for children are considered as one of the priceless legacies of the nation and the young generation of our country:
Children like young leaf on branches
Know to eat Sleep, know to study is good
Gather around Uncle
“Who loves Uncle Ho more than teenagers and children? Who loves Uncle Ho more than Vietnamese children?
It was the singing of middle school students of the Vietnam School of Music (now Hanoi Conservatory of Music) that resounded enthusiastically on June 1, 6 when they were honored to perform an achievement report. study with dear Uncle Ho for the last time before his death.
That day, although Uncle’s health was weak, but Uncle was very happy to see that the children performed the violin and piano very well and the children also performed very well, very passionately with traditional ethnic instruments such as: Flute. , stamen, gourd. Uncle called them “tiny artists”, “future artists”, then Uncle asked:
– You must study well to serve the people in the future
Uncle held the children in his arms and asked each one of them:
– What piano do you play?
– What do your parents do?
When the children introduced Uncle to the zither and zither, Uncle smiled and said:
I have my voice, why don’t you call it a 16-stringed instrument and a 36-stringed instrument better?
Since then, these two guitars have been given a simple name in the national language that Uncle Ho taught and every time the children mention this name, they remember Uncle Ho.
After each performance, Uncle Ho clapped his hands loudly and said:
– The children clapped their hands to welcome you for playing the piano well!
When distributing candy to the children, Uncle said:
– Give this child one more because the youngest.
And playing the piano to gather with Uncle, there are grandchildren in the city, in the countryside are the children of cadres, workers, farmers, mountainous ethnic groups in both the South and the North.