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‘The Assistant Driver’s Seat’

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The author went shopping in a store. A couple entered the lift she was in, and they seemed to have headed for the car park at the back of the store. In the car, the husband was in the driver's seat and the wife in the seat beside him. The Japanese usually called the seat beside the driver's 'the assistant driver's seat'. The author had not sat in the 'assistant driver's seat' for more than fifteen years. The memory of the Christmas Day came back to her mind when she sat in the 'assistant driver's seat' beside her son. Her married daughter was concerned about that author's living alone, and took her out in her car for lunch or shopping. Her daughter asked the author to sit in the assistant driver's seat. Even though the assistant driver's seat was not the author's usual one, it gave the author a pleasant feeling.

Keywords: assistant driver's seat; living alone; pleasant feeling



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