The lucky one

One final story about Hiroshima:

Pop reminded me this morning about his cousin, Yoshinori, who was spared on August 6, 1945 because he felt sick and wanted to stay home from school — which was located in Hiroshima city (they lived in Tsutsuse, in the countryside north of the city).

Yoshinori’s dad was angry that his son was taking a day off from school, but he finally relented when Yoshinori’s mom convinced him to let him stay home that day.

Whenever I hear this story I really wonder what goes through Yoshinori’s mind, and how his survival influenced his life choices.

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