#3 Baby Ren-蓮

Legs which carry the future.
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.

ちっちゃなあんよ、ぷよぷよな肌…人生の新たな始まり始まり。将来な何になりたいかな?何を勉強したいかな?焦ることはないよ。いろんな可能性を秘めている今、私たちの願いは、すくすくと育ってくれること。

新たに生まれてきてくれた姪とその家族の物語。

Already strong.
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.

初めて姪の泣き声を聞いた時、思っていた以上に力強かったので、今まで持ってた不安が一気に吹っ飛んだ。彼女の名前は蓮(れん)。汚い水で元気に育つ蓮(はす)のように、どんなに困難な状況にいても、元気に育って欲しいという願いを込められている。

New Mom and Dad.
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.’

27歳の瞳と容平は、10ヶ月前に姉が妊娠して以降、最も幸せな時間を過ごしている。二人の馴れ初めは、どこのカップルにもあり得る話だが、容平が諦めずに姉との恋を求め続けて成就したものだ。

「顔は全然タイプじゃない!今でも!」となぜかこの話題になると笑う姉。

二人が出会った時は、姉には付き合っていた彼氏がいた。しかし、1年以上も強い想いを寄せていた容平の優しさに、次第に姉も惹かれていった。

「男って、優しい時は一時しかないじゃない。でも容平の場合は、今でも出会った時と変わらない優しさがあるから、すごく魅力を感じた。」

優しさにこだわる姉の背景に、父親の姿があった。口数は少ないが、黙って家族を支える父親の姿をみて育った姉は、容平にも同じような優しさを求めていたのだろう。

Over 23 years.
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.

「なんか今日機嫌いいね。音痴だけど」母がつぶやいた。

「蓮ちゃん〜蓮ちゃん〜ああああ蓮ちゃん〜♩」並外れた音を発しながら父が歌い続ける。

終始口数が少ない父親だった。しかし、23年前に私が生まれた時もこのように歌を歌っていたのだと思うと、非常に不思議な感覚に包まれる。まるで父親が幼い時の私をあやしているようだ。23年越しに、初めてみた父親の一面わ一生忘れられない。

Numbers of freckles show..
04 Numbers of freckles show…- しわの数だけ…

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’

蓮を抱っこしている時、オムツを替えている時、母は姉と私を育てていたことを思い出すという。

「たつ(私)はこんなにちっちゃかったときは可愛かったのになぁ〜」

母の老いた表情を見ると、私と姉は愛に満ちた家庭で育てられたとつくづく感じる。

母は苦労人だった。中国東北部出身の母は、時代の流れに翻弄されながら生きてきた。日本に来ることもを決めたとき見、当時していた女優の仕事を辞めて、父と結婚するために何も持たず日本にやってきた。今はあまり多くを語ってくれない。ただ、そっと一言つぶやいたことは忘れられない。

「もう一人じゃないよ。」

A dependable back.
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.

赤ん坊の世話は想像以上に厳しい。自らの睡眠時間も削られるだけでなく、食事の分量や時間をこまめに計算しないといけない。このほかにも、想像を超えるほどの忍耐力が求められる。姉も例外ではない。

正直、親になる前に姉は体力があまりなく、文句をいつも言っていた印象があった。しかし、今まで過ごしてきたよりも忍耐力がいるにもかかわらず、子供を産んでから一度も文句や弱音を吐いたことがないという。母親としての自覚が日々増している証拠なのだろう。ふと、蓮を抱く姉の背中をみて感じた。

A Family photo
06 A new family photo- 新たな家族。
The very first photo of the new family. I am looking forward to seeing Ren looking at this photo when she gets older.

初めてとった家族写真。蓮が大きくなってこの写真を見たとき、何を思うだろうか。

Bonus shot.
bonus shot.

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!

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5 thoughts on “#3 Baby Ren-蓮

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