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Emmie looks over at the others, curious about the unfamiliar phrase. The other robots make guesses, while Ibao actually looks the info up. The answer moves Emmie to quiet reflection, and they lower the glowsticks. Morio also reflects. The scene closes with Shining holding a sprig of blossoms, eyes closed and smiling peacefully, surrounded by gently blowing petals.
Emmie: What’s a “dewdrop world”?
Yùzǐ: Sounds like a place where you better bring an umbrella.
(Sibao: Gah!! Mould and mildew!!)
Erbao: Good thing his sleeves have enough fabric for a tent!
Ibao: The wiki says it means an impermanent world. It’s like a tiny drop of water that looks like a jewel but quickly vanishes.
Emmie: …It’s so pretty…
Morio: It is.

Author’s notes: I’m taking a moment here to note that today, September 30, 2021, is a very special day for us in Canada. It’s the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation! This came out of a lot of work that was done, and is still being done, to address historical and current atrocities and injustices against Indigenous Peoples. As an immigrant to Turtle Island (North America), I have a lot to learn, and below are a few links I’ve personally found powerful and helpful. Starting points.

Resources for National Truth and Reconciliation Day

I also reflect on the fact that these issues aren’t unique to Canada. These stories have echoes all over the world. I was born in Taiwan, where there are 16 officially recognized – and many more unrecognized – Indigenous tribes. (If you ever have the chance to visit Taiwan, I highly recommend spending time at the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines!)

Now Recharging reflects a lot of my beliefs and hopes for a kind and beautiful world, and I firmly believe that understanding and respect for other cultures is a huge part of achieving more kindness and beauty in our actual world. And beyond understanding and respect, there is very real work to be done to alleviate so much harm and suffering. At the very least, to support and help amplify the important work being done by people who have dedicated so much of their lives to make things better.

I hope today, and every day, offers all of us chances to learn and take positive action, wherever we are on this planet.

♥ Maiji (September 30, 2021)

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