Day 9 – a hamburger

September 9, 2009

Day 9

12:22 am – 1:22 am








a hamburger  (part _ )



The last time we picked him up from the hospital we didn’t know it was going to be 

our last time

But we went directly to get a hamburger because all I wanted to know was what dad

wanted to eat since he was hungry

Mom was hungry too and it didn’t matter that all we ever tried to do was eat what we

knew was good for him

We didn’t even make a joke about this being a special treat nor act as if it did 

matter too much 

That we were about to eat a greasy piece of meat with a mass of fries that we weren’t

sharing with each other

Everyone gets their own order and why not when is the last time we all went out

to eat burgers together



I remember when I went as a kid to get some kind of shot for some kind of 

vaccination or blood test

And that man who at the time I didn’t know was called a phlebotomist or maybe

he was my doctor

Regardless of his credentials he was terrible at making a child feel comfortable

much less safe

So I ended up screaming and I wasn’t a screaming kind of kid so even mom

was particularly angry

Since she knew I didn’t cry for no reason except that this doctor was freaking me out

and laughing

Joking with my crying face making me cry some more when he joyfully suggested

more shots for the heck of it



Whenever I got really sick to the point of getting a fever I had to go see a doctor

and get tests taken

And we would usually find out that some infection had gone bronchial and I

just needed rest

So back to the car we’d go and somehow and I don’t remember how but we’d always

end up at McDonald’s

I don’t think she even asked me if I wanted to or felt like some kind of treat like fries

or a Happy Meal

And we never ate like that at home or on most days or barely ever just sometimes

like those times

Especially that day I was crying at the hospital with that god awful doctor and the

best cure was a hamburger









traci kato-kiriyama






About traciakemi

traci akemi kato-kiriyama - inter/multi-disciplinary theatre/performance artist, arts educator, cultural worker, community organizer. Tuesday Night Project; theatre, performance, writing, and teaching projects with many organizations and artists including: zero 3; Edge of The World for Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia and the National Asian American Theatre Festival in New York; "PULL" with Kennedy Kabasares in San Francisco; Nobuko Miyamoto and Great Leap Collaboratory I; TeAda; NCRR; Oymun's 11. Playwright for "Chasing Dad - a performance of a reading about a play i'm writing" presented by Inside the Ford for the Ford's Summer Playwright series. View all posts by traciakemi

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