Yumi walked down the stairs with a grimace.
The morning came too early. Her eyelids didn't obey her brain to open.
It was only five in the morning, that's why.
"Good morning, Yumi-chan. How great it is that it would be sunny
Mom turned to Yumi with a smiling face from the kitchen, as she was
"What about breakfast? Do you feel like eating?"
What do you think, Yumi asked her stomach. Normally her stomach firmly
feels like eating from the morning, but now her internal organs all
seemed to be in a sleepy state.
"If you don't want rice, at least eat some yogurt. An empty stomach
makes you easy to turn sick on vehicles."
Yumi opened the fridge and took out cereal, yogurt and strawberry jam.
Her eyelids finally felt less heavy opening and closing when she was
mixing stuff in her cafe au lait bowl.
On the dinning table lined neatly some wrapped umeboshi onigiris.
"I have prepared a lunchbox, so please help yourselves on the train.
The lunchboxes on the trains are not bad, but somehows look dreary.
Hiking always goes with mom's onigiris for sure!"
Mom opened the plastic basket lid and and let Yumi look
inside. Inside were fried white fish with herbs, panfried rolls with
asparagus, cheese and bacon inside, and panfried petit tomatoes.
"That is splendid!"
Yumi muttered as she worked on her mix of yogurt and cereal. Those are
mom's set menu for hiking. It seemed that mom anticipatingly woke up
early that morning to make them.
"I have set aside two sets, so eat with Sachiko-sama."
"Thanks so much! Looks delicious."
Being appreciated for her work, Mom was so pleased that
she started to share her profound knowledge on petit tomatoes' calyx.
Just as Mom reached without reserve the topic of when is the best timing
to wrap seaweed on onigiris, Dad entered the dining room with sleepy
eyes, scratching his head.
"Oh, it's hiking?"
From the plate of leftover side-dishes, Dad picked a tomato and put
it into his mouth.
"Oh it is today! That day for Yumi to stay ay the Ogasawara's summerhouse.
When and where are you meeting again?"
"5:50 at the gates of M Station. Dad, you said you would drive
me to the station, right?"
"Oh, that's right."
Oh, Dad. He clapped his hands once, reached out in the
key case for his keys, and thrusted his hand out.
Oh, Dad looks like he is going to jump into the car any minute. Before
that, Dad, do something to your pajama, your five oclock shadow, your
bedhead and the gum around your eyes! Yumi pushed Dad on his back and
first led him to the bathroom.
Just at that time.