Fare Thee Well, Tamako
It’s not where you come from.
It’s not where you’re at.
It’s where you’re going
and I am going home.
–A friend of mine
We left Tamako on the precipice. Would she jump? Should she?
Leaving what you know is a terrifying thing. Truly. Parents spend years worrying about how to make the transition from home safe and trauma-free for their children. We have systems of trial separation, we call them dorms.
The choice to leave should ultimately be the left to the child. Lest you push her away. This is a test. Is she ready? Can she decide on her own? Will she jump?
Tamako was not ready. Yet, she is strong enough to admit this. She’s also smart enough to know why.
There’s another story here. It’s a story about me, and about you. Were you ready?
Unfortunately, viewers don’t have the same benefit that Tamako has with her market. We can only spend a tiny amount of time in her world. We cannot choose when that time will end. Fortunately we know that everyone in the market will be alright.
I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to Tamako. It was a great run. Each week a moment and a feeling were captured beautifully. This week, that feeling was loss and the moment was goodbye.