“Kitchen” by banana yoshimoto is one of my favorite novel.
Of course, I have read it in Japanese.
Three or four times, I remember….
I read it in English for the first time.
I was moved by following lines.
It is almost at the last scene of the story.
One day I’ll have to move out, I thought as I turned back to my magazine. The thought made me woozy.But I would have to do it.
Someday, I wondered, will I be living somewhere else and look back nostalgically on my time here? Or will I return to this same kitchen someday?
But right now I am here with this powerful mother, this boy with the gentle eyes. That was all that mattered.
As I grow older, much older, I will experience many things, and I will hit rock bottom again and again. Again and again I will suffer; again and again I will get back on my feet. I will not be defeated. I won’t let my spirit be destroyed.
The repetition of “again and again” made me feel Mikage’s strong will to live.
As I grow older, I began to notice that life is full of unpredictable events.
However, as Mikage says, “I won’t let my spirits be destroyed.”