Saturday, 7 January 2017


I’d like to celebrate some success, but not my own. Today belongs to my 88-year-old mother and my 7-year-old daughter.

Yesterday Sachi completed her first home-run book, Astrid Lindgren’s Pipi Longstocking—all 263 pages. And in Japanese, not English. It was her first real ‘no-picture’ book.

And Mum completed Alle Herrlichkeit auf Erden (A Many-Splendoured Thing) by Han Suyin. I gave it her, wondering if she could still read German after more than 70 years.

Sachi is in a rush to learn English. Mum is worried about her mind. I reckon that neither of them has any need for concern.

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