Our guest blogger today is Marsha Aizumi, mother of two children, Aiden and Stefen. She is the author of Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance, due to be released by Magnus Books in September 2012. She was recently elected to the PFLAG National Board of Directors.
New Years Day . . . a big holiday for Japanese families. I am about twelve years old and excited to go to a relative’s home to eat all the special New Year’s foods, food symbolic of everyone’s hope for the year to come. Black beans eaten for health, shrimp for longevity, sweet potatoes with chestnuts for wealth and financial success. And our house has to be cleaned top to bottom, because my mom would say, “Your house will be as clean throughout the year as it is on New Year’s Day.”
|Marsha's Maternal Grandmother|
|Marsha's Paternal Grandparents|