Love For Pancho From A 9 Year Old

Posted by Kozo Hattori on May 16, 2019
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Yesterday, 9 year old Fox asked, "Dad, when are we going to get hugged by that Indian woman again?"

"Oh, Amma, we can go this summer," I replied.

"How old is she, Dad?" Fox asked.

"She must be 78 or 80," I said.

"Whose going to hug everyone when she dies?" asked Fox.



This made me think about our dear friend Pancho who is on his pilgrimage for one earth family. Our dear undocumented love warrior is walking towards what some have designated as the border to show support for all who seek refuge. When I told a friend about Pancho's pilgrimage, he asked, "Isn't that dangerous to walk toward the border if you are undocumented?"

Pondering the absence of Amma, I began to worry about "whose going to do Pancho if Pancho isn't around?" Then I realized that my fears were ego-based. Pancho will always do Pancho wherever the road takes him. I just want Pancho to be available for me and my children.

This morning Fox gave me a hand-made birthday card. At the end, it said, "I love you dad and if I never see you again and I love you dad more than mom, Jett, and Skye and Jax [our dogs]." I'm not sure if Fox was channeling Pancho or if he actually heard Pancho say, "If this is the last time I see you, know that I love you," but it made me realize that Pancho has already planted seeds in me and my family that will continue to blossom wherever our paths may wander.

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Comments (3)

  • Nipun Mehta wrote ...

    So beautiful, Kozo! And happy birthday! My parents are one among many who would also ask, "Who will do Kozo when he not around?!?" Thanks for being you. :)

  • Elizabeth Pimentel-Gopal wrote ...

    Beautiful reflection...indeed...I can feel Pancho's energy often. So much wisdom... he's opening his wings for more people to meet his generous soul

  • Trishna Shah wrote ...

    It’s interesting to see what came up for your son as recently our kids have also brought up death as they begin to realise how old age is one of many precursors to death. It’s beautiful for our kids to tune into all of this organically as hopefully it means they will accept it with a sense of surrender when they experience the death of loved ones or even eventually themselves. ❤️