Dharma Card for October
Practicing filial piety toward one’s parents
is nothing but realizing the very root
of one’s life.
---Rev. Daiei Kaneko
Painted by Miyoko Tsutsumi
“Mom, I got an informal notice of my employment from the company
of my first selection. Mom, you passed away when I was a sophomore,
but the inheritance you left for me helped me complete the graduate
course and get an employment. You brought me up as the only bread-
winner, devoting yourself to part-time jobs. I remember I quarreled with
you as I wanted to go to college outside our prefecture, but finally I
selected to go to a national college in our home area. I was simply worried
that you might be left alone, you know. When I passed that college, you
cried with joy. As I wanted to lessen your financial support, I applied
for a scholarship and even for an exemption of the college fee. Such was
all that I could do for you as a filial duty.
So, what a shock it was to me I when I learned that you had cancer.
You got skinny in a year and on the day you dies, you were racked with
pain. All I could do was to grasp your hand. When your bed was moved
to a single room, I tried to hold you in my arms, then you clung to me in
tears. I could not help crying, too.
Thank you, Mom, for everything you did to bring me up. I could not
say so in your face, and I have not repaid any part of what you had done
to me, but next time I visit your grave, I will report all I feel I owe to you.”
----Mr. Unknown in Employment Frontier
This young man must be treading the path to realize the very root of
his own life. My strong impression of his words convinced me so.