>> 2014. 7.8
Happy 43rd Birthday, Mino!
A big news on your birthday. Your book, “Radical Oral History” was used to make a college entrance exam for Shizuoka University of Art and Culture!! I found out about this when I was asked for a permission to have that question in the exam in the database. Irumi and I are talking “Mino must be laughing out loud!” We will see what type of question they made out of your book.
On July 4th, when we went to watch the fireworks for the Independence Day, Nicole noticed it was a half moon. “Mom, Uncle Mino is half awake!” Even if she was born after you passed away, it seems that she is thinking about you very often. On the other day, I was knitting a cardigan. It looks small, so she wanted it for herself, so I said “If it came out too small for me, it will be yours.” She opened her arms, reached out to the sky, said “Uncle Mino! Please let it be mine!” Then, she said to me “You know, Uncle Mino controls the universe.” with a big smile. When I suspect she is lying, I ask if she can swear to Uncle Mino. She raises her hand “I swear to Uncle Mino.” I often say to kids, “Even if no one seems to watch you, Uncle Mino is always watching you. Don’t you dare do something that makes him disappointed. “
By the way, kids seem to behave so much better when I am not there. It is so not fair. They are devils in the house! I received a biggest compliment about Kyle in my life from other parent this morning. I could not believe she was actually talking about him!!
This summer, again, is filled with soccer and swimming in July. In August, we will go to Japan. They all are looking forward to eating their favorite Japanese foods. We all will visit your grave in Niigata. I wonder if Kyle says “This is merely for the self-satisfaction of the living.” at your grave, just like you did to our ancestor’s grave when you were at Kyle’s age.
I will write to you again. Happy Birthday, Mino. I am so glad that you were born as my little brother.