I was reminded by one of the blogs I read that today is the Girl's Festival (Hinamatsuri) in Japan. It is a celebration of spring as well as the special time of the year to honor daughters--prayers are offered for their health and happiness, special dolls displayed and festive food prepared and shared by families. I have 3 daughters, but I don't think I have even thought of Hinamatsuri until now. Perhaps due to the fact our ground here is still covered with a foot of snow and we see no sign of spring.
Once in a while, I yearn for my girls to have the appreciation and connection to their heritage. I really haven't done a good job of passing that onto them though. They speak more Spanish than Japanese, thanks to Dora the Explorer. We have no Japanese friends here.
I said a little prayer for my girls today in honor of the Girl's Festival. I hope and pray that one day, we can walk through the cobbled stone streets lined with cherry blossoms and share the memories of the days gone by.