“If one of your late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join you for dinner, what things about your family would this person find the most shocking?“
I just can’t think of any from my great-grandfathers or great-grandmothers who died before I was born. I’ve heard about a few of them from my father, but I can’t visualize them well enough. Maybe I can invite my grandfather on my father’s side. He died a little before I entered elementary school.
I do remember my grandfather on my mother’s too, but he had been a Japan Navy soldier in the past war, and was kind of strict sometimes. So I can’t imagine anything about this with him. He would be angry with my laziness!
Now let’s go back to my father’s father. He lived with his eldest son’s family, whose house was very close to mine. I remember he often gave me his small share of their teatime snack. He had also been an earlier adopter of technologies like radio and TV in the neighborhood, even though his family wasn’t so rich. I’ve heard from my father many neighbors came the house to enjoy listening to or watching Sumo matches and other programs on the radio or TV back then. And I’ve heard from my father like hundred times an old lady who listened to the radio for the first time asked them if there was someone in the radio box. I believe it wasn’t such big. 😀
So, I’m sure he would be very pleased to see our wide-screen TV set. And he would be very surprised, too, with the size and high-definition. When he died, our TV was only 20 inches or less. And only one in each family. And ours was still black-and-white. But, what he would find most shocking must be the fact that we have our 50inch-screen TV in our old and small 2.86mx3.82m tatami living room. Yeah, my father is surely his son. And Grandfather might greet a newsreader on the TV!