My dad and the five of us kids lost the matriarch of our family yesterday.
After the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown, so many people said to me, "Your mother must be so worried. Doesn't she want you to come home?"
But my parents never asked me to "come home". They knew I was home, here in Japan. They loved and supported me, and encouraged me to do what I was being called to do, even when that was putting me in potential danger.
I am who I am today, not only because this is how my parents raised me, but also because they gave me the freedom to make my own choices. And for that, I am forever grateful.
|Cecie and Gerald Ash
I will be taking some time off to spend with my family in the US, but I will be back home in Japan soon to continue the work in Fukushima that I am being called to do, the work I have been able to do through the love and support of my parents.