Was skimming Andrew Sullivan’s excellent blog today when I came upon this, beneath the caption IF YOU’RE HAVING A BAD DAY …
Tsutomu Yamaguchi has died at the age of 93.Â He was in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped.Â After suffering radiation burns, he heard that there was a train leaving to the town where his family lived, so he crossed a river that had no bridge by crawling across hundreds of bloated, floating dead bodies to the other side where the train station was, and headed back home . . . to Nagasaki, where the second atomic bomb was dropped days later.Â He is the only officially recognized survivor of both bombings.
I’ve gotta say, it’s excellent perspective. My back hurtsâ€”I moan. I get rippedâ€”I moan. It’s gonna snow tomorrowâ€”I moan.
Tsutomu Yamaguchi had the right. I don’t.