Our first stop was to put flowers at the ashes for her good friend of 50 years who passed away two years ago. Every time I see this gentle lady in my mind, I picture her smile.
Then we drove into Honolulu to offer flowers and prayers for my grandfather, grandmother and father. The cemetery was festive with red flowers decorating all the grave sites.
"You'll be seeing your family again in Japan soon," I said. "The new year will be so busy with things to do."
"Oh yes, too busy," I saw her energy rising to the challenge. "We have the Christmas party and the New Years party...Tiffany and KC will come again in the summer..."
I'll bet she's figuring out what part of the house to clean first.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
My mother wished to pay her respects today. She sighed during our car trip to the temple, "All my old friends are gone...every one of them. I think about them all the time."