Tiny legs, soft skins. You coud not expect more than this. A new life has just begun. What do you want to learn in your life? What do you want to be? You have so much potentials. No need to rush. Just grow up safely.
This is the story of my niece and her new family.
01 Ren- 蓮
The first time I heard her crying, I felt more relief than worry because her voice was lot stronger.
Ｒｅｎ 蓮 －she was named after a flower ‘lotus’ meaning that rising and blooming above the murk to achieve the enlightenment. This meaning tends to be spotted in one of the Buddhism concepts; however, both parents want her to grow up after overcoming many difficulties, like a lotus opens up its bloom above the murk.
02 New Mom and Dad- 両親になった姉と義兄
Hitomi, 27 year old mom, and Yohei, 27 year old dad, are having the happiest moment since they got the news of Hitomi’s pregnancy 10 months ago.
Their love started quite unexpectedly for her. When Yohei became in love with her, she was dating with other guy. After a several years of one-sided love, she started to notice his unstoppable love and his kindness.
‘He was not my type at all!’
Hitomi laughs every time she talks about how they became a couple.
‘He was really nice. But his kindness lasted quite long, then I noticed what it meant.’
Hitomi’s ideal boyfriend/husband comes from my father, who is very supportive, but in a modest way.
She found his personality exactly same dad’s.
I asked Yohei why he kept his love to my sister, and short answer was back.
‘I’m not sure, yet. we will find it out little by little.’
03 Over 23 years- 23年越しに感じたもの。
‘He sings quite badly,’ says by my mom.
‘My dear Ren, My dear Ren…’ The unexpected tunes lasted forever.
It is true that my dad is terrible at singing a lullaby and he definitely needs autotunes to fix his singing voice, but that is one of the few ways for him to show his love.
It feels bit weird to me when I see him cradling Ren. He does not talk a lot, like a typical Japanese father. But that day, he was singing so happily. At the same time, it makes me think that he probably sang songs like this badly 23 years ago too.
Love, it has been unchangeable, as long as I could tell from the out of tuned lullaby.
when holding grand-daughter, or cleaning her diaper, it gives my mom a flashback of the time when she raised my sister and me.
‘I remember you were this small, and you were just, so, cute!’
This sounds bit corney, but I believed that parents are the only people who protect the baby no matter what happen, it is not only the time when the kid was a baby, size of love is still as strong as past and it will never go sour.
She came to Japan with almost nothing. She left her six brothers and sisters in China, and quit her job as an actress, which she loved.
Until recently, her life is something that nobody could spent times like her. Only thing I know about her is that her life is full of ups and downs. She rarely talks about it but one,
‘I am truly glad to Ren chose our family. Now we have six family members’
05 The dependable back of the mother- たくましくなった背中
Especially, the beginning of the raising a kid must be tough. You are not able to sleep at all, you have to be really careful with giving enough milk to the kid…etc. Your free time would definitely be restricted, and my sister is not the exception.
Honestly, she used to be a person who complains a lot about her challenging stuffs, difficulties and so on. However, she told me that even though everything is much harder than she thought, she had never complained for what she was doing. I felt her huge growth by looking at her back.
Here is the another sequel of ‘a minute film.’
Like father became grand father, or like mother became grandmother, my sister has become a new mother of a lovely baby, Ren. Of course the main story goes to her, but at the same time, there are so many to see the faces of being the grandparents and a new mother.
New family member has just joined the happiest family, and will never forget the time when she became part of us.
Enjoy the clip!