The Forgiveness of a WWII Sailor

Father’s Day is just around the corner. While we will be seeing my father who is now 95, I thought I’d selfishly reblog my own earlier story of Old Man Jack in honor of this Father’s Day…

Masako and Spam Musubi

In an earlier blog, I praised Old Man Jack for his forgiveness.  It is not possible to write about what he did or saw out on the god-forsaken islands in the Pacific during World War II.  Only he truly knew what was in his soul.

But in spite of his exposure to combat in that very personal and bitter war, Jack’s practice of forgiveness was his most important contribution to the healing of this world.  The world we enjoy today.  I truly believe that.

Old man Jack loved my kids – perhaps his warmth and the forgiveness in his heart will shine through.

Jack was in the hospital often in the last five years of his life. We went as often as we could to say hi.

When Jack was laid up in the hospital and couldn’t make the block party, my kids wrote him a special 4th of July…

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2 thoughts on “The Forgiveness of a WWII Sailor”

  1. Thank you for this great post, Koji, and for modeling kindness, compassion, and respect for elders to your cute children. Your story of Old Man Jack is so good that I predict it will appear in a book, perhaps two, some day. ;-D!
    Russ

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