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That 1st paycheck offers a chance to create cherished memories

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Late April triggers a rueful memory from decades ago.

I was a rookie employee then, having just started working that spring. I received my first paycheck in late April, but I never spent any of it on my family: I didn't even buy them a present.

Later, I kicked myself: Why didn't I at least ask them out to dinner or something? My lapse haunted me for years.

"Yomawari Neko" (Cat on nocturnal patrol), a popular manga series by Kahoru Fukaya, 56, contains an episode about a young man who just got paid for the first time.

He invites his grandfather to a curry chain restaurant named CoCo Ichibanya. Sitting across the table, the young man takes out his wallet........

© The Asahi Shimbun