It is the 10th anniversary of our father today.
My sister has sent me a note on this event yesterday. It says, as getting older, she is recalling of our parents everyday. The older we became, the closer we felt our parents, as she said. There must be many things we could not understand in our lives until we reach their ages.
She has written about a memory with our father. When she was a small child, he used to make baskets for farming for his job. It was the day of poverty. She went to the basket making place with him. In the evening, coming back home, he carried her in a basket on his back. On the way home where our mother prepared supper for them, they have sung a nursing rhyme. A song to tell us to go home since it is the sunset. It says, in the crimson sky of sunset, let's come home since crows sing. Being swung in the basket, she saw the bright colors of the sunset. She thanked him for having been our father.
It is only a trifling memory within a family to the other people. It is still a fact that tells us the life has been delivered from him to us with his love and effort. We are thankful to him.
In addition, at this point of the age, I should mention of his experience in the WWII. He has compulsorily recruited to the army in 1939. He had to spend a few years in China as a soldier. He has had experiences that the war could be so cruel to people as well as to soldiers. He seemed to have seen and, possibly, to have been involved in the irrational as well as inhuman events over there. He has spent his precious 6 years of his twenties in the war. Since the war was over, he has had a firm belief against any movement toward arming. throughout his life, it has been one of his own problems who was responsible for the war. He was against the emperor system, which was one of the major causes having lead our country to that devastation. What would he say knowing the political movement for the right of collective self defence at present? It must be a nightmare for him which leads us to another war abroad.
My sister closed her mail telling us to have a family reunion for the memory of father in the near future. It would be a nice chance to see her and the others at a place and to recall all we owe to father.
Our father with my daughter. Father might be a bit over 60 years of age. He has enjoyed farming in the yard like I do right now.