Monday, April 06, 2009

卒業 Graduation


March is a graduating month in Japan. We starts new term in April. After a long college life, my son I was feeding has finally left home to work as a resident in a north hospital. Now I have got back my time and space fo my CQ.


I've finished this page of Mother's albumn. The photo was taken when she graduated from college. But it was not March but December of previous year, 1941. Japanese military had attacked the Pearl Harbor and the war had begun. The graduation was moved up and she went to be a teacher in Matsumoto, Nagano. She must have been strained by changes of her own life and the period.


She was very young then and her students were just like her younger sisters. They loved their young teacher so much and still writes to her. One of them taught me that she wrote on the blackboard "Youth should be respected." at her first lesson. I don't know if it was her small protest and message for that dark time.

I've prepared another page. She must be a high school student then.


Ati. Norway. said...

Beautiful done Hideko. There speaks much love from you mother blocks.
You have inspired me to make a mother-grandmothers fabric book :)

Kathy said...

A beautiful block of your mother, shows your love and respect for her. The oyas and crochet butterfly are wonderful.

Rengin Yazitas said...

Dear Hideko,
Congratulations with your son's graduation. You must be so proud of him.
I admired your new works, thanks so much for sharing them. I also would like to thank you for using oyas on a special project. If you don't mind, I would like to give a link on to my blog.
Best wishes from Istanbul,

Cathy K said...

Very beautiful, Hideko. What a lovely tribute to your mother. Hugs, Cathy

Hideko Ishida 石田英子 said...

Thank you very much for compliments from all. Rengin, I've picked up white oyas from yours. They are very nice here. I was going to stitch more leaves around them first but felt they might disturb the simple beauty of oya flowers. Of course please link here on your blog. I appreciate it. Hideko

Anonymous said...

Hideko, this will be a wonderful piece to keep memories for your mother and family--it inspires me. Congratualtions on the graduation of your son! I think the parents deserve much credit for this, don't you?
Lynn, SoCal

Anonymous said...

Beautiful page. That's one of my favorites of the pictures you've shown of your mom, that one and the wedding picture with your dad.

I would not have liked to be a young person on either side of the conflict that took place. I'm only glad we our two countries usually work together now.

Patricia said...

Hideko, those blocks are lovely. How nice to honor your mother with your beautiful work. I will be following to see more, so glad I found you through Rengin's blog.
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

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