“August 5 Sunday, Sunny
Got up at 6:02 a.m.
Learning time: 4 h. 3 min., Today’s chores: Babysitting, cleaning, sweeping up, heating the bath, washing, and clearing the table
(omitted) Today, Michiko was happy because I put her in the bath. With our mother, she gets an earful whenever she splashes. With me, we can splash together. She stayed in the bath well enough, floating her toys in the water. We ate udon noodles for dinner. Since I seasoned the udon soup, my father and mother told me that it was delicious.
Reflection: Anything can be interesting when I do my best.”
After Tomiko died, her parents did not talk much about her, but her mother Akie (then, 34) had kept her diary and illustrations, which are Tomiko’s mementos she had left at home, and cherished them for a long time.