My Mother’s Working Shoes

Sayuri Takatsuki


My mother works constantly. Each of her days is the same. She wakes up at the same time every morning. She has rice and miso soup at each meal. She has a nap after lunch and indulges in a hot bath every night. In between those times, she works in the farm fields. The shoes she wears in the fields are called chika-tabi. They may not provide much protection, but they are very practical—in the vegetable fields, mountains, and even at a construction site where she used to work. Eighty-five now, my mother showed me that life is not easy. 

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