For reasons that I don't quite understand, this year I am coming across a lot of references to Hiroshima Day, August 6, 1945, the first use of the atomic bomb. Because of my early awareness of this event, being the moldy old peace-nik that I am, I have watched this day pass unnoticed for decades. In the past, it has not been on the radar of any but the most obscure edges of society, but I am starting this post a week in advance. There are so many articles available that I have decided to compile a primer rather than try to come up with anything original. I doubt that anything I have to say will add to what is already being published, so here is my list.
"I lost all my hair. My face was so awful I hid for a long time. If I had been alone I probably would have killed myself but my mother was there every day taking care of me, even though she was sick herself. I stayed alive for her." Her mother died in 1979. When they cremated her body they found shards of glass in the ashes, so deeply had they been embedded from the force of the bomb.