"You have to work hard to offend Christians. By nature, Christians are the most forgiving, understanding, and thoughtful group of people I've ever dealt with. They never assume the worst. They appreciate the importance of having different perspectives. They're slow to anger, quick to forgive, and almost never make rash judgments or act in anything less than a spirit of total love . . . No, wait--I'm thinking of Labrador retrievers!" David Learn, 1998

Monday, May 9, 2011

Invitation from Hiroshima

     We just received the following letter announcing the completion of the monument to my mother, Barbara Reynolds, for her 17 years' humanitarian assistance to the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombs, including the founding of the World Friendship Center. The writer, Michiko Yamane, is on the board of WFC and is a point person for the Riji-kai (group of decision-making elders) who originated the idea of and desire for this monument.
     In less than five weeks, the long-awaited monument will be erected and unveiled in the Hiroshima Peace Park. (For back story, read anything on HIS SCRIBE marked MUM or PHOENIX or anything about "nuclear" or "Hiroshima." Ted is my brother and Naomi is his eldest daughter, captain of the Phoenix.) 

Dear Jessica, Ted and Naomi,

I hope this mail finds you well.

We have a good news about Barbara’s monument.
Finally this morning we received a permit to change the photo into the one with the serene , peaceful and faithful expression.
We are so happy to meet your request.

We will receive another permit soon to install a monument at the south-eastern corner of Peace Memorial Park during the period from June 1st till June 10th.
As soon as we complete placing the monument, we should have an unveiling ceremony.

Although we haven’t decided the exact date, weekend or weekday, could you come to Hiroshima to attend the ceremony during the third week of June, from 11 to 17?
We want to set up the date according to your schedule.

We are looking forward to your response.
Peace and many blessings.

Michiko Yamane (^-^)

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