Nationality: Japanese American
Residence: Torrance, CA
Date of Performance/Collection: April 26, 2012
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Japanese
So, there was this really, really good looking couple. They had a baby girl that was super cute. But as the baby grew up, she got less and less cute to the point where the parents became too embarrassed to take her out and have other people see her so they tried to keep her at home as much as possible. One day, the little girl kept crying that she wanted to go to the park and the mom couldn’t handle it anymore, so she took her to the park. At the park, the little girl was like, “Mommy, I need to use the bathroom.” There wasn’t a bathroom anywhere so the mom brought her daughter to a little secluded grassy area that was on a cliff near the park. She told the daughter, “You can pee here. No one will see you.” While the girl was peeing, the mom pushed her off the cliff and the little girl died. A couple weeks later, she found out that she was pregnant again. When the baby was born, it was the most adorable little baby boy and as he grew, he just got cuter and cuter. The couple loved their son so much and was always showing him off. One day, the mom brought the little boy out to the same park and he needed to pee. The mom then took her son back to the grassy cliff area. She told him, “Mommy will wait for you over there so take your time.” He replied, “Ok, but Mommy? Please don’t push me off this time.”
My informant told me this story while we were eating dinner. We had previously been discussing our beliefs regarding the after life when she said that the topic reminded her of a story she heard. She told me that her mother had told her this story. When I asked her what this story meant to her, she told me that it taught her that she should never be embarrassed by their family.
I feel like the story is very effective because of the twist at the end. When I was hearing this story I expected the ghost of the girl to return and push the boy off the cliff; I was completely blown away when it turned out that the boy was a reincarnation of the girl. I agree with my informant’s interpretation. Additionally, I believe there is a focus on how shallowness is a bad characteristic to have, as seen through the couple’s better treatment for their better looking child. At the same time, the theme of revenge is somewhat present through the reincarnation of the little girl into the little boy.