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My story of an elderly woman

So my grandmother is the main character of my story. She is going to turn eighty four in one month time. She is the woman I love from the buttom of my heart. I am so called "Oba-chan ko" (a little Grandma's girl) forever. Nothing is as tender as her eyes and as warm as her smile and hands.

In Japan, it has been almost like a trend to weave stories on elderly. From film to novel, elderly gained the momentum. Why? - Silly question to ask. Japan is the "aged (rather than aging maybe?) society". With less children born and less young working forces to match the population of older generation, it is without doubt that everyone of us living in this society is facing the challenge.

The current news certainly affected artists. Hence many artists, with their sensitive hearts and the insightful observation of the society, naturally chose elderly as the theme for their art pieces. Just to mention a couple, Mogari no Mori, a movie about a young woman working at a nursing home and an elder woman living there was awareded le Grand Prix at the Canne Film Festival this year. In the world of Japanese literature, Hitori Biyori received the honor of Akutagawa Sho, the most prestigious award in Japnaese literature.

The stories around elderly; the wits of old generations, senile dementia and nursing care. They are touching and sometime beautiful. But wait, the stories are fictions. The fiction story depicts the modern society today in such a strategic way and thus so meaningful to have them. But can the reality with elderly in this modern era, relally be just beautiful and touching?

Here comes my story. My grandmother is such a lovely woman with the nicest hearts. Her husband or my grandfather died quite young and she had to live alone with a help from her family especially my mother. She is doing great but I can't imagine the challenge my mother has going through. Does the story has a climax or conclusion? No, in real life, unlike a fiction novel or film. the life goes on. My grandmother will keep forgetting every small thing like where she put her bank card, remember about what happened thirty years ago but forget what I said a few minutes ago, and forget where she parked her bicycle. The situation with my grandma isn't so critical. She is in the stage where she can forget things easily. Even with such light state, it is not easy. With many little challenges and frustrations of people around her but most importantly frustration of her own, the life goes on.

We are a bit scared about any challenge. We are really scared about a challenge especially if it affects us directly. We can be sad to face a challenge of someone we love, a challenge when our loving is getting weaker. Unlike book or film, nothing can glorify my story. It is the truth. It is tough but we can step forward when we accept the challenge rather than beautifying it.
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by Haruka_Miki | 2007-07-03 00:00 |
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