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I'm sorry for your loss. It sounds like your mom was a hugely wonderful person.


Thank you for sharing. So sorry for your loss. You expressed yourself very well...huge hugs from an internet stranger.

Mary Beth

I'm so sorry for your loss. I've read your blog off and on for years, and your mother always sounded like a wonderful person. I know you and your family have so many memories to cherish... Best wishes from the other side of the world.


Your Mom sounds like a wonderful person and losing her must be devastating. It is amazing how our children help us to act stronger than we may feel at times. I am sure Shuma will remember her through memories, photos, keepsakes and the many stories you will share with him.
Life does change when you lose a parent, especially someone you admired and shared some of your happiest and saddest times with. Thank you for sharing, take care.


I am sorry for your lost, I have read your blog of and on for years as I lived in Japan. I truly appreciated the honesty you brought to it. Thank you for sharing and best thoughts to your family and you in this current time.


I'm so very sorry to read about your loss, your mother sounds like a very special person and so loved. Thinking of you and your family.


I am really sorry for your family's loss, this must be such a difficult and heartbreaking time for everyone. I am thinking of you and wish you the best. Take care.


My sincere condolences to you and your family.


Thank you everyone for the kind words.

Heather Ricco

I'm so sorry for your loss. Please be patient with yourself, and take care of yourself.


I've been reading your blog for years and really enjoy your insightful and honest posts. I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mother sounds like she was a total adventurer, and it seems you have taken after her.


I am so , so sorry for your loss. May happy memories help you through this most difficult time. How fortunate you were to have such a lovely Mom.


I'm so sorry for your loss. Like many of the other commenters, I've followed your blog for years and you've painted a wonderful picture of your mum. I hope the happy memories that we've all enjoyed reading about bring you and your family comfort.


I am sorry for your loss. I have been an avid reader of your blog from way back and when you stopped blogging for a while in spring I was hoping things were just hectic. I am sad to hear about your mom's passing away. On the other note I am glad to see how fast Shuma is growing up, starting school already. You are one tough woman, thank you for inspiring us with your stories of life.


I am so, so sorry for your loss. I think most moms look at their children and still can only ever see the little children they once were, no matter how dressed up or not you might be at the moment. I also think she would be proud that she'd raised a daughter to be such a good mom herself, that her grandson is in plenty good hands.


i'm so sorry for your loss. may you and yours find comfort.


I am so sorry for your loss, abundant blessings to your and your family.


I am really sorry for your loss and condolences to you and your family. I have followed your blog for sometime, and truly enjoy your insightful thoughts on life in Japan. As an anonymous reader and stranger on the internet, I wish there was more I could say that would offer a bit of comfort in what must be a sorrowful time for you. Blessings to you and the family and do know that somewhere out there in the world you will be in someone's prayers.

Take care and all the best Amy!


Amy, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. Best wishes to you and your family in supporting each other through this difficult time. I still read your blog 7 years since coming home from Japan, thanks for keeping me in touch with a wonderful time in my life.


Oh dear, I just found out that you lost your mother and I am so sorry to hear that. My prayers go out to you and your family.


I am so sorry to hear about your mum. Have been following your blog since I left Tokyo myself and was concerned about your absence. I feel so sad for you. Thinking of you and your family - another anonymous stranger on the interwebthingy


I am so sorry for your loss. I have read you for years and have come to know your mother through your writing. Hugs!

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