Sometimes, you don’t realize the impact someone has on your life until many years later.
I remember my first conversation with Shin Shishido. He was a transfer student to Harding Academy from Japan, and three of us boys stood around one afternoon, talking in Mr. Brown’s classroom.
I didn’t understand a word Shin said. He was still learning English.
Shin’s English improved quickly, and we became friends during high school and college. He was one of those people I didn’t know very well, but who I liked very much. He was a person with a good aura. His laughter and smile were infectious.
I recently heard that Shin had passed away. Although I hadn’t seen him for over 20 years, I felt sadness for his family and for the rest of us who’d known him.
But I will always remember Shin …
As a terrific second baseman
As a kind and courageous man who survived a tsunami
As a husband and father
As one of the good guys