Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dear Ishmael Chambers,

There's something about you that I can't just forget. Maybe it's your arm, or your war story. Maybe it's the incredible way you love Hatsue. Or it could just be that you're a journalist, too.

I just wanted to tell you that I think you're an incredible man. I know we only spent a few short days together, but when we weren't together I was thinking about you--all the time. You think I'd be embarrassed to admit that...I'm not.

I think it's just the way you loved Hatsue...when you were young, all the way up to her being married to someone else. It takes something to be that in love with someone, I think. The commitment and determination you put into loving's something else.

I understand what it must have been like being with a Japaneese girl and having to keep your love hidden--I mean, I can't understand, but I think I do a little. I think the fact that you guys put so much into each other and believed in each other the way you did at such a young age is what helped you hold on to her for so long...

I can't imagine how heartbroken you must have been when she was forced to leave or when you came back from the war to find her getting married. I can't even imagine the pain you must have felt... And to hold on to all that pain for so many exhausting--I don't know how you did it...

I just thought I would let you know that I'm thinking of you and I can't wait to see you again.

Thinking of you,

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