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2023年7月 4日 (火)

Remembering and Reflecting

On a Saturday afternoon(July 1st), while diligently working on notations for stacked receipts of Health Insurance, heavy rain caused a transportation disruption. The next on-call doctor who was supposed to come from afar couldn't make it in time, so I had to fill in for a while. Today was supposed to be sunny, but the rain has intensified once again.

During that time, I received a long-awaited call from my cousin. He said, "Today is the third anniversary of your father's passing."  The heavy rain from last night had completely slipped my mind. It was two years ago on this very day that I witnessed his last moments as his attending physician.

We held the funeral with just my son and me, but it feels like a distant memory. My father was a Shinto priest, but he liked to

be buried in the family grave of the Jodo Shinshu sect. Yet, we still haven't been able to make arrangements for the gathering of relatives for the interment.

My cousin, who grew up in the snowy mountains of western Chugoku japan, has a different passion for skiing compared to me. He even obtained a ski instructor certification, which recently led him to move to Azumino in Nagano.

As he reminisced about me, he also mentioned his older brother, who passed away at the same age as me. He added, "We probably won't see each other again, but take care." While it's true that we won't meet at each other's funerals, it was a rather premature greeting.

I naturally recalled the passing of another cousin who didn't inform us about his illness until the end.He passed in the last month.

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