Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr.
(cnbnews.net) August 6, 2011-A big old tree stands by the side of a road near the city of Hiroshima.Through the years,it has seen many things.
One summer night the tree heard a lullaby.A mother was singing to her little girl under the tree. They looked happy and the song sounded sweet.But the tree remembered something sad. Yes, It was 66 years ago. I heard a lullaby that night too."
On the morning of that day,a big bomb fell on the city of Hiroshima.Many people lost their lives,and many others were injured.In seconds after the blast people died and many others had burns all over their bodies. I was sad when I saw those people.It was a very hot day.Some of the people fell down near me.I said to them,"Come and rest in my shade.You'll be all right soon."
Night came. Some people were already dead.I heard a weak voice. It was a lullaby.
A young girl was singing to a little boy."Mommy ! Mommy!" the boy cried."Don't cry,"the girl said. "Mommy is here."Then she began to sing again.
She was weak,but she tried to be a mother to the poor little boy.She held him in her arms like a real mother."Mommy," the boy was still crying. Be a good boy,"said the girl. "You'll be all right."
She held the boy more tightly and began to sign again. After a while the boy stopped crying and quietly died. But the little mother did not stop signing.It was a sad lullaby. The girl's voice became weaker and weaker.Morning came and the sun rose,but the girl never moved again.
This story was taken in part from a secondary school English text that I teach to my student's during their reading and grammar classes here at,The MILLER ENGLISH SCHOOL JAPAN.
Here in Japan there are still many thousands of people still suffering from radiation sickness and burns.This morning my wife and I watched on TV the memorial ceremony from Hiroshima,City.With many dignitaries from around the world in attendance, representing nearly every country and territory.Today was a sad remembrance for everybody.
Lets hope our great country the U.S.A. Can lead the way in ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Where we live here in Kitakyushu,City is a real hot spot with North Korea just a few hours away by air and sea and China about 3 hours by sea,and about 1 1/2 hour by air.Then there's also India and Pakistan as well as Iran with nuclear weapons and North Korea trying to get them their not so far away from us either.It gets scary at times just thinking about it.
Warm Regards from Hot and Sunny Kitakyushu, City,Japan
Hank F. Miller Jr.
Note: Hank is a former resident of Gloucester City who resides in Kitakyushu City, Japan. category WHEN EAST MEETS WEST