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#176- Celebration of life for my best friend’s dad, Dr. A

*** Why I am getting an airplane ticket to Arizona right now?

On Wednesday the 23rd, I have received a sad email from my best friend (Suzie). Her father (Dr. A) passed away in Tucson, Arizona on the 23rd…

Since Suzie became my best friend 24 years ago, Dr. A was my second dad to me in U.S.A.

After I talked with Suzie on the phone on Wednesday early in the morning, I was in shock and I was walking around in my room for a while. My brain didn’t function. I did exactly the same thing when I lost my dad in 1994.

I couldn’t think well and I was numb to this sad news of Dr. A. Between purchased an airplane ticket to Tucson and made a reservation for a super shuttle to L.A.X., I was going around, around, around in my room so many times…I couldn’t believe about Dr. A's death.

Why he passed away? Why he passed away? Why he passed away? I kept asking myself. I couldn’t think of anything but Suzie’s dad (Dr. A).

At L.A.X. when I was eating a chicken sandwich and french fries, I was hoping……

#175- A love letter to my mom

May 6, 2012

Dearest Mama,

Hello!

I had been thinking of writing a Mother’s Day’s letter to you for a long time. Mother’s day is one week from today. Since I have received the wonderful letter from you for my birthday, I was thinking of “let’s write an impressive letter to Mama”. But, I couldn’t find the right words in the first line in my letter because I was thinking of “the impressive letter”. I am a writer, but I have not written an impressive Mother’s Day’s letter to you yet.

Since March, I have been very busy and I stayed up all night a couple of days within two months (I know, I should not stay up all night for my health, but I thought once a week is not bad, so I have been working hard), so I didn’t have time to write a letter to you with relax feeling. But I have been thinking of you and Masa-kun (note: my younger brother), and I have been thinking “I want to talk with Mama and Masa-kun on the phone”.

I always always really appreciate you. Like I can’t thank you enough with wo…

#174- At my apartment in Los Feliz (Archstone Los Feliz Version)

Today, people in the United States and regionally in Mexico celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

During I talked with Ms.R (my best apartment manager at my apartment complex), I realized that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day (which is actually celebrated on September 16).

How could I misunderstand the holiday for such a long time (I have been living in U.S. since 1989)? I guess, I was thinking of this day as “eat Mexican food and have fun!” and “the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War.”

Today, I also realized that Cinco de Mayo means in Spanish, “fifth of May” (a celebration held on May 5)… the day of victory of the war…In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862…

People want (need) to have love and peace, but why p…