Wednesday, June 1, 2011

R.I.P. Kazuhiko Sano




I woke up today to the sad news that my former teacher, Kazuhiko Sano has passed away, only 59 years old. Way, way too soon. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

I sent him a little note the other day when I heard he was very sick. I thought I'd share it here how I remember him.

May 20th, 2011

Dear Kazu,
I wanted to write you a little note to say that I am thinking of you. Y
ou are one of the best teachers I ever had and one of the nicest person I have ever met. I will never forget you and everything you taught me.

Every time I hear "
Here Comes the Sun" with the Beatles (which is a song we here in Iceland really appreciate once the snow finally starts melting;), I think of you. Every time I'm wondering if I can accomplish something or not, or whether I should go for it or not, I think of something you once said to me. I had been thinking about it if I could and should stay in the US after school, and asked you how you (as also once an international student like me) were able to stay. As much as I wanted it, it felt somehow impossible for me to do. You said you once knew someone who told you at a similar moment as I was having, that you could do what ever you wanted to do, you were entitled to do everything you wanted. The road can be tough, but if you want it you should go for it. I think about this often. Every I am puzzled or meet someone who's puzzled about the future, I tell them what you told me.

I remember once when I was taking you class, my son was sick. I sent you an email letting you know I couldn't go to class because I was taking care of him. You sent me such a sweet and wonderful email back, so understanding, letting me know the most important thing for me was to be with him, nothing else mattered. I know you are surrounded by the people who love you to take care of you in your sickness.


Thank you for everything Kazu, I will always remember you,

love,
Linda

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3 comments:

Ray Bonilla said...

wonderful words Linda. He will always be remembered.

JenKellerArt said...

So sad. He is an example of a person that left this world a better place.

Lindsey said...

So beautiful Linda. Such a wonderful note that I am sure was a blessing for him to receive.