OCHAZUKE: Run, Little Sheba, Run


(First published in
The Rafu Shimpo on August 18, 2011.)


While sitting on a stone bench in a shopping mall waiting for a bus, I am able to observe so many things in the 30 minutes of waiting.

On this particular day, I observed a rather amusing scene. A very adorable little Latino girl, I assume between 3 and 4 years old, broke loose from her mother’s hand and began running in the opposite direction from where her mother was standing. She ran to the post near the entrance of a building and waited until her mother was almost to where she was standing and then ran off. I could not believe how fast her little legs were running.

It took the mother several seconds to catch up with the little girl. When the mother caught up with her, she stooped down and mildly “scolded” the child. The scolding did not faze the child in the least and since the mother was not holding her, she laughingly started running toward where I was sitting.

The mother finally caught up with the little girl and this time, firmly held her hand. With her right hand, the little girl waved “Adios” as she passed by me. I pointed my finger at her and laughingly said, “Mala, mala” (Bad, bad). The child laughed as well as the mother and said “Adios” to me.

I thought to myself, “Wow,” this little girl has a mind of her own and is quite a tease. Even at this tender age, she “escaped” twice from her mother and almost outsmarted her. Imagine all the situations in life she will encounter as she grows older and the many things she will experience in life that she will have to cope with. I sincerely feel this little girl will have no problems, making life beautiful. I thank God for little girls and boys and for this particular Latino little girl who made my day and put a smile in my heart.


Maggie Ishino is a Rafu typist. She can be reached at [email protected] Ochazuke is a staff-written column. Opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of The Rafu Shimpo.



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