After Ito and Hachi had dinner last night, Hachi found the 1 centimeter black roots of gray hair at Ito’s hairline.
A hair grows 1 centimeter a month, doesn’t it?
What happened to her body in the last month?
Under the pandemic situation, Ito stayed home from the day care services center for seniors, stopped receiving in-home help, and started to spend time with Hachi.
Ito wondered “What affected my hair? Nutritional balance?”
Hachi answered and added to it that “Maybe you could rest assured that you are not alone, and slept well.”
Ito is 88 years old now.
Surprisingly her body proved that it still has power to be recovered.
At the beginning of the last month, she ate like a sparrow.
Now she eats as much as Hachi eats.
Hachi was so happy to see the black roots of Ito’s gray hair and hugged Ito.
Then suddenly Hachi thought that time had come to write more about what was inside of “Peter’s script book” for her.
She is going to write freely out of logical mind.
She wondered a lot whether she should write but was finally encouraged by hair topics.
She hopes you to read below a little bit dreamy.
What was inside of “Peter’s script book” for her was about COVID-19.
In Japan, people often ask experts when the pandemic gets stamped out.
Experts can only answer that “please be prepared for long-term relationship with COVID-19”.
Hachi’s irrational intuition feels that the pandemic would get stamped out when the importance of essential work is fully understood, respected and practiced.
Why does she feel so?
According to the feature of COVID-19 and related problems, she feels like she has seen it before.
COVID-19 affects lungs and blood vessel, and caused Cytokine storm.
Even though causes were different, three women of Beelationship experienced those symptoms before.
(In the article of “Our collective mind’s lung”, Hachi asked that ”don’t you have anything you have suppressed for a long time in your mind?”.
That question was created with what she found in the area between medicine and Psychiatry before.)
The name of corona means not only “crown” or “wreath” but also “solar flare”.
One of the meanings of yellow of beelationship is sunlight, which represents one of the the Hachi’s basic patterns as a facilitator, and sunlight used to make her stay inside of a room to avoid it.
COVID-19 socially revealed the importance of essential work, which was familiar to three women in Beelationship who were connected with the theme of “the strength of motherhood”.
Essential human industries have been undervalued in the masculine atmosphere in our society.
We felt the importance of essential work such as raising children+family and creating a sense of home (that means social welfare, medicine, learning, mind), but we echoed the masculine atmosphere in the society unconsciously(“those activities don’t make profit immediately”), and froze their hearts.
Therefore, even though we are scared of COVID-19, that is not everything for us.
These viewpoints might seem to be weird.
Hachi partially has the same feeling as well so that she felt like tearing “Peter’s script book” apart.
(Yet maybe she is organizing things according to the laws of Physics.)
She hopes COVID-19 gets stamped out faster.
In order to do so, she focuses on the atmosphere behind COVID-19, and keep letting it flow.
Unexpectedly she achieved her goal under pandemic situation: her goals were to bring back a sense of home to Ito, who refused to spend more time with her family and tried to do things by her own.
For Ito who taught Hachi a sense of home, Hachi hoped to prepare well-balanced healthy dish continuously, making a space to rest, sleep well and enjoy Ito’s favorite activity without killer stress.
Her biggest dream was to distinguish a sense of home from a seeming one on capitalism.
Her biggest challenge was to find own flow between her dream and work.
She couldn’t found the path easily so that she experienced many nights when she could not sleep well.
One day she found a long gray hair.
Therefore now she think of what people who are struggling in the food, sightseeing and entertainment industries.
In Japan, practical steps to get along with COVID-19 are starting to be created: preparing a vaccine, medicine and working at home.
If those steps work well, that’s good.
There is no need to think of change of the social, industrial and economic structures.
However, if it doesn’t work, we hope you to remember the tendency of COVID-19, which forces us to find what is essential.
To understand and practiced essential work fully, it might take time.
Is the social economic plan starting to be created?
What does it look like the economic flow among public support such as basic income, personal income based on capitalism and paying tax for redistribution of wealth.
Hachi feels continuous open forum has been held and it is quite important for collective change.
It is one of the ways to create a sense of security and a sense of home.
A sense of security helps us to bring ideas and creativity among people together in the society and encourage foggy boundaries between industries in a positive way.
Hachi feels that those ideas would be one of the biggest resources for our society.
Pandemic situation forced Ito to spend more time with Hachi.
Ito had to face her inner critic, fought against it (Ito and Hachi had twice big quarrels…!) and a sense of home was finally brought back to us.
And Ito’s black roots of gray hair was found.
Hachi’s past long gray hair has gone after she slightly found what do to with her work.
Ito’s black roots of gray hair taught Hachi that one of the purposes of economy can be simply for a sense of security such as having simple well-balanced dishes, sleeping well and holding a continuous open forum.
What do you think?
(This article was written by Hachi and its title was decided by Ito.
Yes, Ito is happy to be a part of continuous open forum in the society.)