Where did that week go??? This was a crazy busy week, full of good times and friends! Meeting new people always gives me the opportunity to see how other people handle this life. There is such a wide range of expats here, from the states and otherwise, and it’s really neat to see how people feel.
For some, like us, it’s a once in a lifetime chance. Others are here as a stop on their journey . That makes a huge impact on how life is here for you. While our family is so lucky and happy to be here and cultivating new friendships, we are also tending to relationships in the states. That’s kind of a weird thing to think about, when you actually stop to think about it. The good news is, we’re lucky to have such great relationships so it’s not hard for us. Other families aren’t so lucky and have strained relationships they have to work with. I can’t imagine that stress on top of everything else here.
For me, the biggest stressor is still being “on” all the time. It’s a huge shift for our family. For other families, that’s a totally normal way of life. So if you’re reading this and thinking about how your family would fare on this wild ride, keep all that mind. It’s so different for everyone.
One thing I discussed with a number of people this week was the beauty in Japan, and the reaction to it. There is literally a word here for “party to look at Sakura Blossoms”, Hanami. They have viewing parties for Sakura, Wisteria, Tulips, Peonies, Wasabi, Lavender, etc. which when you think about it is AMAZING. I mean, I *LOVE* tulips. Sometimes in Michigan, I might stop and look at them on the way to school. But in Japan they have a PARTY to just STARE at them. They see the beauty that is all around them, every day. How awesome is that? I hope I can remember this when I’m backe at “home” and can take the time to enjoy more of what is around me.
Not to end on a bummer note, but all of us except Isaac have colds and feel ickish. We are leaving for Tokyo on Sunday, so I’m hoping we can recuperate tomorrow and feel well enough to really enjoy our time there.
We sent Baxter to Bunny camp for the week, and he was happy when I left him. However, having left Sushi so recently, and feeling under the weather, Rosie got upset when we settled down for movie night, which made me upset. So tonight has been tough. Tomorrow is supposed to rainy, and we have to pack so it’ll be a low key day while we convalesce. To keep it interesting I’ll tell you about the Student Led Conferences the kids had today, so look forward to that tomorrow 😉