If my sister is so undependable at home, what’s she like at school? What do her friends think about her? Is she able to survive in this fast-paced world with her slow, slow manner?
At home, when I’m playing a video game that’s single player, she picks up the second controller and pretends to play along.
At home, when she says she’ll cook something for me, she makes me tea instead.
At home, her mind wanders on odd topics like the uses of spring onions.
At home, when I’m cooking, she comes by and whips up a raw fish cake with ice soumen.
But when she puts on her white and baby blue yukata with the cute goldfish design, her flowing hair draped all the way down to the big blue obi, she looks like an entirely different girl.
At the festival, she walks around like a dopey lost child.
At the festival, she’ll confuse the words “kingyo sukui” (goldfish scoop) with “kingyo sukui” (save the goldfish).
At the festival, she’ll drift off on her own and get assaulted by strange people in masks… who turn out to be her teacher and classmates.
During the fireworks, she’ll try to sketch them, but can’t get a few marks in before it disappears.
But no matter where she goes, she’s always the same, slow-paced person who’s able to get satisfaction from the smallest of things, from the most trivial of details. That slow manner of hers is not a weakness, but her greatest strength – with this fast paced life flying by us, we tend to forget to stop and enjoy the beauty of the world around us.
Thank you, oneechan, for helping me realize this!
-Your brother, Ao