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From the translator’s journal ~Reflexology~

Five years ago
I learned reflexology
to give the treatment to Mom.

It was three months
before Mom’s passing
when I got my qualification.

Although I could give her
reflexology treatments
for only three months,
I now enjoy the treatment
from my hospice-volunteer mate.

How wonderful
to feel her warmth
while receiving her treatment
and chatting with her.

I wouldn’t have even thought of
getting my qualification for reflexology
if not for my Mom.
But now I have a chance to
receive the treatment for myself.

I truly appreciate the gift of an encounter
with a kind person.
Thank you, Mom!

(November 29, 2021)
Teruko Yamakawa (translator)