Monday, April 16, 2012

99 years old and tea




I took my 99 year-old grandpa to cherry blossom viewing this weekend.  We parked our car by the trees.  We opened all the windows and viewed them from the car.  I prepared matcha at the little space between the driver’s and passenger’s seats.





As my grandpa drank the tea, some petals came in from the window onto his shoulder and lap.  How peaceful!



  
He was so happy with the blossoms and tea, and thanked me many times.  He sometimes doesn’t remember things, even my name.  However, he talks about the tea that I served at the past blossom viewings.  I think he enjoys the tea so much and it has a huge impact that it remains in his memories.   I hope the memory of this picnic will be with him as well.


12 comments:

  1. Great post, very moving. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This almost brought tears to my eyes. It is wonderful that he has such meaningful memories because of you. I hope he remembers this one for a long time to come too. Good health and best wishes for him!

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    1. By the way, I hope you and your family are doing well! You didn't post for a long time :P

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    2. We are all well. Thanks for your wishes! I usually go to picnic with my grandpa twice a year, for cherry blossom viewing in spring and for autumn leaves viewing in fall. We will create another memory in the next fall^^

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  3. Wonderful post,Kohei.lt's great to see you've brought some cheerful moments to your grandpa's heart,looks like he really enjoys the tea.99 years is an amazing age.Hope you still have a lot of sweet teacups and times together!

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    1. Hi, Adriano-san,
      I think that Japanese food is good for a long life. Maybe, I should eat like how my grandpa has eaten. Let me see … what is his favorite food? Umm … It’s potato! But, I guess that potatoes are not the secret of longevity. Hahaha ^^

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    2. Hey,Kohei,he likes potatoes?Ha,ha,that's great.Well,you should bring him here,we are,l could say,a ''potato country'',a heaven for your grandpa.:)
      l think you should follow your grandpa's example-potatoes and green tea.lt may be a secret for a longevity although you're a bit skeptical.l will tell you about it in the next 60 years.l'm coming to Japan to have some tea with you in 2072.:)

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    3. Okay, see you in 2072! hahaha(^0^)

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  4. The image of the blossoms floating in while your grandfather was drinking his tea was so moving...as if the cherry blossoms understood the situation and wanted him to be as happy as when younger and sitting under a tree. Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. Hi, Lin-san, How nice if the blossoms knew about us ^^ Somehow, cherry blossoms are special to Japanese.

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