Uncle George ,Sugie, 2-8-1892 , 1965 ,Sugie & Yaemon,3-8-1880,Uncle Jay, 1918-1960
my grandmother died at 73 the age that I am now her thin grey hair was tied back in a bun was she ever young? coming from a foreign land her songs were of an old Japan coming to America a picture bride "fresh off the boat" a timely phrase did she ever love? Grandpa and Grandma everyday bickering mumbled sounds long ago my mother remembers "when papa drank sake" fights were brutal and bloody now with age just words how do you get out of this slave trade world your children are the keys work and save work and slave send your sons to be a doctor but Uncle George died at 22 Uncle Jay died at 42 a doctor whose dream to be an artist was it suicide Grandmas' dreams flew by only English was my mistake back then when-- Japs were defeated in war I only wanted to be American NO, "I don't speak Japanese" and Grandma don't speaku Enguirish so we are pigeons in the dark we never touched I'm not sure why did we ever play Bill Wither Sings "grandmas, hands played a tambourine so well" my Grandma never did I tried to understand but it's been so long ago Grandma picking strawberries cracked hands filled with fresh hopes scorched from the sun Note: Bachan means grandmother in Japanese. I don't like to be called Bachan and Grandma because I don't feel like a grandma and when I digged deeper I remembered my own Bachan. Her story was so sad. She was creative, a great cook but her life was tragic. I suppose that may be a reason why I don't want to be Bachan--call me Auntie. Aloha Auntie. I spoke pigeon English to Grandma--so speaku Engurish means speak English.