On the other day, when we were talking about Heso-no-o, I wondered how many culture have this custom. Do you get the baby’s umbilical cord from a doctor, and keep it in the drawer? That umbilical cord I mean is not longer one connected with a mom but the shorter one connected to a baby’s belly button. That cord is only one or two centimeters and gets dry in a few days. The Japanese moms commonly stay in the hospital for one week after they gave birth, so when they check out of the hospital, they would be given it by a nurse within a tiny box.
Maybe, my mother have still kept my cord(or her cord?) in her drawer, I guess.
The reason why we were talking about it is I talked this story to my kids.
We have a story. When you hear thunder rumbling, the Kaminari-sama ( the god of thunder) would come close to you and might take your naval away if you’re a bad boy/girl. So, you had better hide your naval with hands if you don’t want it gone. But you have one choice. Your mom keeps your cord in her drawer, so you can give it instead. Just only once you could be safe from his attack! Just only once!
I don’t know the real reason why you keep it. I googled it but I couldn’t find a good answer. I guess long ago before you got the DNA thing, it was the only material evidence that proves you and your kid were connecting. I hesitated to show them to you because they are gross! But somehow I am happy when I see them. How do you think?