When I watch your face wrinkle, your lips curl, brow furrow, your eyes dart, your legs twitch, your fingers stretch, your big yawns burps and yes, farts… I see me, I see my dad, I see my brothers, I see vikings, I see farmers, I see artists, I see samurai, I see kindness, I see intention, I see curiosity, I see potential, I see uncertainty, I see the past/present/future all in a flash, I see myself concerned, often weak and weary and in pain, I see myself trying, I see your remarkable mother perform magic moment by moment, I see everything I want to support and encourage and learn & observe for all of the years / savouring each hour i can. I see you small mighty man, I see you.
The past few days we’ve witnessed a powerful transition of life as Ichiro’s great-grandmother Tomiko Fujita ￼left this realm at 94 years old.
She is the widow of grandfather Ichiro who died over 4 decades ago at 49 years old. She passed a few hours after we formally registered the new lil Ichiro’s name at the City Office.￼￼
Her body went through the traditional Buddhist rituals in the house with monks, attendants, preparers and so on coming and going over 4 days with relics, artifacts, momentos, flowers, altars and so on / conducting prayers & chants plus bells, incense… all in the same tatami room where Ryoko & Ichi had rested hours before￼.
There’s more to say about this whole experience and the incredible dignity and respect and intention with which she was treated – but for now, I will say: as in the Buddhist consideration, her spirit lingers here for 40 some odd days after the body diminishes and feeling the life force transmitting between generations was undeniable.
PS watching my dear in-laws’ graceful tenacity during the scant days between dropping their daughter at clinic to give birth to baby coming home & settling in, then FiL’s mother passing & ceremonies… was a revelation of love.
Ichiro Stanley Thorvald Olson, card #11
July 1, Reiwa 2 (2020)
“Officialness & Compliance”
Ergo: Name (etc) registration is complete / paperwork in order / various writing schemes and dating systems applied.
Received from Okayama-shi, Naka-ku (city/ward) office:
* tree (sapling, choice from six varieties)
* trash bags (30 l, many)
* tissues (small packet)
* various cards and certificates (importantness abounding)
* charge ¥700 (processing)
12:30: I go pick Momma & Ichi up at hospital in just a little bit / So… caught up the laundry, fresh linens and towels everywhere, lots of pillows, fresh air… Now a few dishes to wash and choose a soft and colorful outfit and go bring him home for forever.￼ Totally love this kid and this gig. Continue reading Ichiro: coming home day / 28.6→
A nurse at the lovely clinic is a hobby photographer and does a great, constantly-updating photo collage board featuring all the new babies in a similar pose… What a great project! Anyway, I found our lil dude of course.
Annotations., re: Sun Clinic:
So much to say about this but in general, it’s absolutely fantastic… Like a small clinic/mini hospital just for birthing with 98% female staff/drs etc >> after the delivery room, they moved her into a private trad tatami room which is calm & comfy > the meals are all beautifully prepared, balanced and well plated > the staff are lovely and always whisking in to check on something or help with something > she’s getting various training on techniques as well as follow on services like massage.
Normal to stay for four or five days after the birth. They come home today or maybe tomorrow and while I want them here like yesterday, I’m so glad for the great care and recovery time.
One other note on this topic is that throughout the pregnancy we had monthly then biweekly then weekly visits all along with the 3-D model scans and there was mamas and papas classes for the first while and tell canceled because of the plague > Of course they are taking notable precautions at the clinic (which is why I’m only allowed 30 minutes a day but that’s an upgrade from nothing) > and everything is brilliantly clean yet doesn’t feel “clinical”