May 17

I asked my mother:

“Does everyone eventually die?”

She said that, no, they don’t die. I tried so hard to believe it despite not having the tiniest sliver of real hope. But she had so clearly, so decisively, said: “Nobody dies. I won’t die, and you won’t die.”

I desperately tried to make myself believe it all the way through 3rd grade.

-Taiyo Matsumoto, “The Poet And The Comic Artists: A Picture Book