Sunday, May 08, 2016

M for Mother




This Japanese mortar is over 40 years old, I guess. This was in my house, I remember seeing it being used by my mother ever since I can remember. It is one of the essential kitchen tools in my home. I brought it here in Cebu when I went back home this April. I bought a little marble mortar & pestle at a market in Cebu, but for me the pair is not easy to use. I have been too familiar with my mother's old Japanese mortar (and I am Japanese) so I decided to get it from my home. It's like a kind of keepsake, guardian of my kitchen. It has a chip in the edge but looking at it I feel secured.

Today is Mother's day. I wear the watch, a memento of my mother, which suddenly stopped a week ago and I stopped wearing then for my working hours. Just resting, hearing sound of falling rain (Yes, it's been a long while since we had rain here! Blessing rain!). Suffering from aching gum and palate and headache, thinking of my mother's pain from her disease which she suffered from 30 more years. Remembering her last days.





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