October 13th, 2021

Hi Phi, sorry, another post I neglected to publish.

Long time, no see. Long time, no hear. Long time, no hug. Long time. 

Friday is your birthday. 19 years ago, on October 15th our Ophelia Hirakawa-Morice was born into this world. What a gift you’ve proven to be. As Nandee & Pa’s first grandchild, you brought us so much joy. As the wise eldest cousin of Luca, Allie, Billie & Christo, your visits to Oz generated much delight and also much pride for your old man.  

Despite the hurdles, you’ve carried yourself with grace. 19 years… so what’s happened? Well, despite the obvious (your mum & dad not being able to keep their shite together), there’s been Barack, Jacinda & Greta, the Fab Three. In 2002, the year you were born, East Timor was granted independence from Indonesia. Two years later, in 2004, Facebook was formed (reckon we could do without FB). When you were 3, the Kyoto Protocol came into effect and in 2007 the first iPhone launched. In 2008 Barack Obama was elected and by 2010 Aung San Suu Kyi was finally released from detention. On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake that registered 9 on the Richter Scale hit us both in Japan. In the same year, Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president (dictator) was ousted. In your lifetime.  

A year later, 2013, as Cc & Dad were preparing to head to Cairo for my new position with CAC, the then president, Mohamed Morsi (leader of the Muslim Brotherhood) was deposed in a military coup d’état. When we arrived in Cairo, we were greeted by tanks on the streets. By 2016, the Paris Agreement, signed by 195 nations to fight global warming formally went into effect. In 2019, Covid-19 reared its ugly head and the Chinese Communist Party used the pandemic to put their stranglehold on the people of Hong Kong… I would have loved to have marched shoulder-to-shoulder with you and the 2 million Hong Kongers who took it up to the CCP. All in your lifetime… 

Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, LINE and Instagram were all set in motion as you grew, and grew, and grew. What a minefield to navigate… I’m sorry I haven’t been there for you. I hope we reconnect, SOON.  

This will be our final year in Hong Kong. My contract will finish in June 2022, after that, who knows… maybe Thailand, Singapore, or even a return to Japan. 

Happy Birthday, Ophelia… I miss you. 

Love Dad… XoXO… 

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