December 27

One of our end of the year rituals is a big house cleaning. I was organizing some photo albums and I came across the most surprising picture of my mom from her school days. She had a perm and wore this ridiculously long skirt.

“Were you a punk,” I asked her.

“Eh, it’s just what was in style,” she lied.

Later I found a knife with her maiden name carved into the handle, but she insists it was used for flower arranging.

-From “Golden Week Picture Book”