Tag: My family
Sometimes Japan surprises you. The cities have great parks, with carefully planted trees and occasional rivers coursing through nearly endless gray concrete neighborhoods. This park by the river in Kouzu has another surprise, an anomaly. An old man tends a shed filled with odd bicycles contrived (perhaps by him) and hand made: pandas, tandems, bicycles propelled by bouncing, and others, plus regular unicycles and ten speeds. And every afternoon he signs them out for free to whoever comes and asks. Kouzu is my wife’s home town. We often went walking and riding by the river when we stayed there.
Yesterday we picked up our new puppy, Lady. She’s cute and affectionate. She has her own pink cage (the only color in stock…) and pink water bowl. Last night I pitched the sofa cushion next to her cage and slept there. That seemed better than having her whimper all night where the kids could hear her. We’ll save that for next Saturday night. So far she’s pooping and peeing outside. She’s the runt of her litter. We hope her small size and good temper will last. It’d be great if she keeps her looks,but we’ll accept her regardless. Her grandmother looks a bit like a Shitzu. As the child owner said, “She (the grandmother) married a big dog.” The mother is small, but looks a little squashed. She continued the family tradition of marrying large. The father, they think, is a dark haired, medium size dog with some shepherd traits. We’ll see how that all works out as she grows up. Here are some pictures I took yesterday.
Scroll down for the pictures. Last Christmas friends and kind strangers donated enough money to take the kids and staff from Wat Opot on a special trip to Kirirum, a hilly hideaway two hours outside Phnom Penh. This year our friends in Japan raised just over $400. With that money, plus some more donated by friends of Wat Opot in Cambodia, there was enough to take 49 kids and 14 adults (plus our family) on a day trip to Rabbit Island, off the coast by the town of Kep. Once again the children were so excited. They went to bed all cleaned up and already wearing their beach clothes; then they woke up at 3:30 am. Finally the bus departed at 6 am. The group reached the island about 9 am, and the fun began: playing in the ocean, floating on inner tubes, relaxing on the sand, eating fried chicken, and soaking up the new experience. Many of the kids had never seen the sea before. They wouldn’t hesitate to jump head first into a muddy pond, but several had to overcome fears in order to swim in the vastness and coolness of the sea. We were so fortunate and …
We’re leaving for Cambodia tomorrow. I haven’t written much about the move on this blog, but I suspect the transition will bring new life to my posts here.
We’re going to further develop our work with Project Friends. Here is a video that we made to publicize Project Friends for potential participants. We made it in Japanese, but I’ve added subtitles to this version.
Let the adventures begin!
What do you see everyday? My friend posted this on Facebook today, and it made me smile:
Driving home, 10 yo daughter points out a large fallen tree at a nearby park, and I notice it too. My 8 yo who missed the sight, then laments, “Oh, why don’t I ever see interesting things? Every day I just see simple things everywhere!”
Reia and the dragonfly