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Katsuhiro Deguchi
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One day, I called my parents. I just wanted to know how they were doing. My mother answered the phone. I felt right away that something was wrong.

The Year of 1999

Katsuhiro Deguchi from Japan

I hate 1999 because I lost two grand parents that year. I cried so hard that I couldn't even talk to my parents on the phone. I went back to Japan two times because of these sad events.

When I heard that my great grandmother died, I was an exchange student at Victorville High School. One day, I called my parents. I just wanted to know how they were doing. My mother answered the phone.

I felt right away that something was wrong with her because her voice was so low, and then she gave the phone to my father. I said, "How are you doing, Dad?" and "How is everything going?" My father said, "Katsuhiro, I have bad news for you." He said that my great grandmother had died a week ago.

At that time, I couldn't think anything, and I also couldn't believe it. After a minute, I was crying hard. My father told me that they had already had the funeral for her. I was really upset because my parents had not called me right after she died, but I knew they didn't want me to worry about this problem.

A couple of days later, I decided to go back to Japan for a little while. Fortunately, spring vacation was coming up. This is why I could go back to Japan that time. When I got there, I went to my great grandmother's house right away. I only could see a picture of her when she was young. I finally realized that she had died. I also understood that I won't ever be able to see my great grandmother anymore.

Recently, I lost my grand father, too. I called my parents a month ago. They told me that my grand father wasn't doing well. I was very sad. I thought about my grandfather very much after that. Two days later, when I was ready to go to school in the morning, I got a phone call from my coordinator. She told me that my grandfather had died. I had already known that he had not been doing well, but this happened suddenly. I had no idea what I should do first.

At that time, I was a college student, so I could do anything I wanted. I decided to go back to Japan the day I heard that my grandfather died. I knew they would have the funeral for my grandfather the next day, so I had to hurry back to Japan. I really didn't want to miss my grandfather's funeral.

When I got there, I had to find out the best way to get to my grandfather's house. My airplane was late. As a result, I was a little bit late, but I could join my grandfather's funeral this time. I saw his dead body. He was very cold. When I said something to my grandfather, he didn't answer because he had already died. I did everything for my grandfather this time. I'm really glad that I could attend my grandfather's funeral.

Finally, my grandparents were very nice people. I really didn't want to lose them. I still love them, and I still think about them. They were the greatest grandparents, I think. They can never come back here, but it's o.k. They are having another life right now. I know they are enjoying their new life. I always hope they will be all right for the rest of their new lives.

Look Book This story was selected from Julia Karet's ESL writing project at Chaffey Community College: The Look Book Project

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