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As Spring Comes

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Title:As Spring Comes
Authors:Izawa, Alison
Contributors:English (department)
Date Issued:15 Jan 2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract:It is winter in the valley. The rain comes down hard. Cold drops penetrate our clay roof. It rains nearly every day in Nu'uanu. The winds, furious and icy, carry the rain. I am vulnerable even when I hold the big golf umbrella. When I step outside to go to school in the morning, the streets are slick with water. Rubber slippers kick water up the backs of my legs, leaving brown spots on my cotton shorts. Coming home in the afternoon, I see the clouds hanging low over the Ko'olaus. Mom is cooking miso soup for dinner. Third day in a row. "Keeps you from catching a cold," she says. Into the steaming mixture of water and pureed soybeans she adds tofu, pink and white fishcake and round onions. We ran out of green onions yesterday. She is home early. After lunch today she took off from work to visit Grandma, who has been in the hospital. A month ago, Grandma was outside her house in Palolo watering her orchid plants when she collapsed. Her next-door neighbor had come to bring her a brown paper bag of starfruit and found her on the ground, the open hose drowning the grass. The doctor said she'd had a stroke, multiple strokes. She had neglected to take her medication for a few days. Mom and I went to visit her at Straub Hospital in intensive care. She was hooked up to machines that monitored her heart and blood pressure. Tubes stuck out of her body, helping her breathe and eat. She was barely alive.
Pages/Duration:80 pages
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