wrong adj 1 not correct or truthful: the wrong answer. 2 acting or judging in error: you are wrong to think that. 3 (postpositive) immoral; bad: it is wrong to cheat. 4 deviating from or unacceptable to correct or conventional laws, usage etc. 5 not intended or wanted: the wrong road. 6 (postpositive) not working properly; amiss: something is wrong with the engine. 7 (of a side, esp. of a fabric) intended to face the inside so as not to be seen…
collins concise dictionary
sometimes words say a lot and mean nothing. sometimes a picture says what a thousand words can’t.
the plaque alongside this exhibit at the hiroshima peace memorial museum says this:
Tricycle and metal helmet
Donated by Nobuo Tetsutani
1,500 m from the hypocenter, Higashi-hakushima-cho
Shinichi Tetsutani (then 3 years and 11 months) loved to ride this tricycle. That morning, he was riding in front of his house when, in a sudden flash, he and his tricycle were badly burned. He died that night. His father felt he was too young to be buried in a lonely grave away from home, and thinking he could still play with the tricycle, he buried Shinichi with the tricycle in the backyard.
In the summer of 1985, forty years later, his father dug up Shinichi’s remains and transferred them to the family grave.
This tricycle and helmet, after sleeping for 40 years in the backyard with Shinichi, were donated to the Peace Memorial Museum.
when searching for a photo for this week’s daily post photo challenge, i came upon this picture from my trip to japan earlier in the year. i ignored it. i was desperate to find something less tragic. something clever. something witty. but i kept coming back to this. how could anything be more wrong?
there’s no doubt that the horror visited upon the people of hiroshima and nagasaki was wrong. that thousands died in acute agony with so many suffering the after effects until this very day is unquestionably wrong. but for me, the most poignant image of all that horrendous suffering remains this tiny child’s tricycle. a symbol of innocence lost, a life never lived and a family carrying on in grief. to me, that’s wrong.