Wakamura-san released a sigh, not so gently as he had imagined.
“Dad? What’s wrong now? I haven’t got time for this. The removal firm will be here in an hour.”
He could feel his daughter’s frustration roll towards him. She never seemed to understand that a tranquil state of mind required hard work and commitment, like anything else. She was never still, never in the moment.
She shoved a small wooden box in his lap then wrapped his soft, dry fingers around it more gently, patting his hands.
“Here, Dad, hold on to these, keep them safe. I know they are important to you.”
He opened the box and stroked the small swords nestled within.
“At least you know that much. Be busy, make your calls, organise and plan. I will still be here, when you remember to be still.”
He felt his daughter kiss the top of his head and pause, just for a moment.