A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
An important part of history? Yes. But it enrages me that that even happened to her. It was where she was taken when they pulled her out of college over 70 years ago. (recap here) She's been reflecting a lot on the past lately, I think this is just another piece of her life puzzle for her. So off we went.
The Japan Family Day had food booths, crafts and games, a pretty typical 'fair' event. We had an appointment for this tour of the stables - apparently O.G. had been in talks with the Operations office and we got a private van to take us around.
I have to say it was pretty interesting. There is a whole facility back there, horses, stables, people - almost like a small town.
The driver was well informed and gave a great tour but he was more interested in what O.G. had to say. Ever prepared - she had brought along pictures of the place from way back in 1942! I admit - it was fascinating. She and the driver talked about the conditions she was forced to live in and the lack of privacy and basic rights.
He went out of his way to drive her to the exact locations she remembered - being locked in and looking out onto Huntington Drive, sure now there's shopping mall, but back then - nothing. They were just held prisoner there. She was just 21 years old.
We saw where Seabiscuit lived - a highlight for O.G. since she loved that movie. Then we went to the Receiving Barn for the horses which back then they used as showers for the Japanese-American people. O.G. recalled hating that area - again, lack of privacy.
These people were American citizens, born and raised here - yet this happened. Amazing. Although it made me sad it was good to see her recall those times, good or bad - and my kids got to see it, which they probably wouldn't otherwise.
To cap off the day on a brighter note...we gambled of course! O.G. wasn't about to leave unless she could place a bet on a horse. I can't believe they let kids in here, I'm used to Vegas where they're not allowed anywhere near gambling.
As you can see in this pic everyone was very excited - O.G. jumped up to see if her horse was in the lead and the Baby climbed up for a better look. But lucky me... I WON! My horse came in first! WHOOHOO that's $6, baby!
So yeah, my kids learned about their history from O.G. but she also taught them about gambling. Shh. An informative day to say the least.