From BAMBOO RIDGE Number 85, HO`OLULU PARK AND THE PEPSODENT SMILE, AND OTHER STORIES, by Juliet S. Kono
Prompts for May:
1. you dare go against me?
2. like Papa used to say
3. I’m sorry, really sorry
4. all went well at the wedding
5. he had quite a reputation
6. no, no, no, no!
7. Daddy would never hear of it
8. he had already forgiven her
From “Koi Pond”:
Even during his illness, Seijiro Kikuta said to his wife, Kame, “Land is everything. Hold on to it if you can.” The land would save them. It always gave back what you put into it. “The land is for the children,” he said. “They’ll come back to it, you’ll see.”
But the children didn’t want the land. They hated the place. In the first place they couldn’t wait to get away, go to college and look for jobs elsewhere. Now, they were all professionals, living in big cities. “What can we do with the land?” the children said. “We don’t want it, sell it. Come and live with us in Honolulu.” Or “Come and live with us in L.A.”
Disheartened by his children’s audacity – for hadn’t he worked hard for their sakes? – Seijiro decided to live out his life in the only place he knew. Children, he thought to himself, were thankless in the end.
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