Mrs. Scribe wishes she'd had more faith in her chosen profession. On Saturday, our local paper came through with a thoughtful, downright beautiful portrait of Yoshio Nakada, the homeless man we blogged about last week. If you'll recall, we went on at great length about the callous nature of not just the press, but people, too.
The lovely feature in The Washington Post reaffirmed that Yoshio made a difference in this world.
The Post captured Yoshio's passion for people. Not only was he a regular at Miriam's Kitchen, the social service agency where Ella Numera Una interned last summer, but he attended services at 2 local congregations: Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown & The Friends Meeting of Washington...also known as the Quakers. In fact the above snap of Yoshio was provided to The Post by Father John Graham of Grace Episcopal, who held a memorial for the 61-year-old homeless man on Saturday.
Yoshio's friends...and he had dozens in the DC community...held a vigil for him last week at the spot where he was beaten to death on Christmas Eve. Mourners included social workers, local bankers and a group from the Japanese Embassy. They rang a Buddhist bell in a tradition to drown the sounds of Yoshio's pain.
The Embassy has contacted Yoshio's sister, and is working to return him to Japan for burial.
The Post...and the DC community...did the right thing in honoring Yoshio. Miriam's Kitchen does the right thing every day, helping people like Yoshio attain some kind of balance in their fragile lives. If you'd like to contribute to help Miriam's Kitchen make a difference, please click on the snap of Yoshio in Mrs. Scribe's sidebar.
Yoshio Nakada's death is still a mystery...but the fact that he was loved is not.