People tend to be influenced by others or by books. I was taught and inspired by two special people. One is my own father and the other is Polly Daehler, my American mother and the book that influenced me is the Bible. Polly and my father are gone now but their legacies are still alive within me. You can say the same thing about the Bible. I am so encouraged by the scriptures and The Bible showed me the direction that I want to pursue.
A grand daughter of Polly Daehler, Leda Daehler, is visiting Japan for the first time. I would like to share this writing of Polly as I feel I owe so much to her for who I am today! Polly Daehler inspired a little teenage girl from Japan who was full of curiosity. I felt loved! She gave me so much of herself that I felt secured and protected during my stay in America.
Polly was a popular and famous woman living in the splendid house on the Timlin Hill in Portsmouth, Ohio. She spoke to everybody with her friendly manner that attracted people. She was so energetic, so fashionable and so warm. She had her own radio talk show and people listened to her. She was interested in so many things, most of all in people. And she had wonderful leadership qualities.
She was invited to the White House, as Ohio’s representative to have breakfast with the President more than once. At her funeral some woman said that she thought Polly would become the first female President.
What an active and extraordinary woman she was! She was loved so much because she cared! That is my American Mother, Polly Daehler.
Her grand daughter, Leda is coming soon and will stay with us for two weeks. I am at Polly’s age now and Leda is my age at that time. Legacies continue from generation to generation! We treasure the precious time and share the memories together. Leda must be full of curiosity like I was.
There’s a lot to see and a lot to study and a lot to learn while travelling a life!
Yoko Ishikawa / Facebook 2015/11/11
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