And then I got really.....
I wonder if I'd be pressing my luck to think that we'd get a car like this?
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Adam....come to Japan. We're okay with your look. You'll fit right in with the rest of the boys!
*Pictures....thanks to GoogleImages.
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To the father who has his own "Garage Mahal"....
To the father who watches the kids while mom is out.....
(very much like my youngest brother....and my own dad!)
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We both had a bit of a giggle at that.
Posted by dkuroiwa at 10:21 PM
It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in Nagasaki. "They" tell us the 'rainy season' started, but it's hard to see that on the clear, almost hot kind of day that it is. It's Father's Day....happy day to you all...I hope that you can spend some special time with yours, or if you can't...I wish you a day of wonderful memories.
As the time for our trip draws closer (July 16 is the day of departure for the boys and I!), strangely enough, I'm finding myself feeling, almost.....wistful about my home. My students keep asking me questions about what I will do while I am there and who I will see and the more I talk about it, the more I want to be there yesterday!
Today's post is going to be a re-posting of two I have done before....almost a year and a half ago. Both were good, I think, and by doing this....I can now go outside and enjoy the sunshine with my boys...before we come back inside and make strawberry/blueberry shortcake for Daddy for Father's Day.
My hometown is a very small town on the prairies of Colorado. I'm not sure exactly how many people live there, (my friend Susan, the County Treasurer could help with that!!) but...if I were to take a guess, then... maybe no more than 2,000...maybe.
It's kind of funny, not in a "hahaha" kind of way, but more in a "hmmmm" way of thinking that, when I was 18, many of the things about my hometown that I didn't like and wanted to "escape" are now the things that draw me back home as often as I can get there.
Take any road out of the town in any direction....and this is what you will see.
It is flat. There are few trees. Very few cars are on the road with you, but when you meet someone, that driver will give you a wave...doesn't matter that you if know them or not ...that's just what you do.
This is looking up Main Street. There are no traffic lights. There is really only one main road of shopping....and this is it. When I was in high school, every Friday and Saturday night was spent "dragging Main". Oh, the miles I put on my VW...or my friends cars!! We would spend the whole night just going up....and then...down...up...and down....honking at people as we met them...sometimes stopping at the Napa parking lot or the grocery store parking lot to get out and talk to friends, sometimes just parking our cars and then getting in with others to go riding around.
Every August, there is the county Fair and Rodeo. On the Saturday of this event, there is always a parade. It used to be down Main Street, but since there is so much traffic going through, they decided to move it a couple of streets over. We are a patriotic town...and always leading the parade, on horses, will be the Colorado State flag and the US Flag.
As my Mom's house is on the street of the parade, her front yard is a gathering place for family and friends.(She's the one in the yellow t-shirt, by the way.) We set up saw horses so people can't park in front (that would make it so we can't see!!) and bring out the lawn chairs. There is always cold tea and if you're lucky...a cold beer!! (As it does get incredibly hot and is oh so very dry here, a cold beer is just what you need on a day like this!!!)
Again with that blue sky.....and flatness. I used to dream of being in the mountains or just somewhere that had buildings or something on the horizon!! Now....I dream about sitting on Grandad's old swing on the farm, just listening to the wind (always wind a 'blowin'!) and sometimes catching the singing of a bird or two...the wind blowing through the grass or, even better...blowing through the wheat is a sound this is just pretty close of Heaven.
Being "home" means having "patio time"....my Mom's patio is perfect for this. Whether it's a small group or a large one, you can count on it always being fun. Whenever I think about the times with family and friends, out on that patio, protected from the the outside world, so to speak, by the fence and trees...I think of laughter...and talking....and more laughter. These are the times that are most special to me. Sometimes, in the morning, my Mom and I will sit out here in our pajamas, drinking coffee and just talking. These are the moments I treasure the most.
My hometown is a place where a father and his 4 sons can build a fort in the backyard...together. It may take a while, but that doesn't matter...it takes time to do something right. Here is a place where, sure, people are busy, but...family is important...building that fort will be something they remember forever. In my hometown, relationships between family and friends are strong...bonds are made that are very rarely broken.
My hometown is also a place where little boys (and girls!) can run around Grandma's yard without a shirt, or even pants, for that matter....where being barefoot is a given.
It's a place for memories....
It's a good place.
Posted by dkuroiwa at 3:19 PM
Happy Friday everyone!!
Tomorrow after my morning class, we are meeting some friends for a BBQ...I'm hoping that the nice weather hangs in there for a little bit longer.
Here's wishing you laughter, maybe some cold beer and some nice beef cooking on the grill....or some mushrooms and eggplant if you're not into the whole meat thing!!
Posted by dkuroiwa at 11:19 PM
I had to go today to get the batteries changed in a couple of watches for the K-man and Issei. The shopping center I happened to be in didn't have someone who could do that so the nice ladies at the information desk told me of a place that would be able to help me.
The shop was very small....only about 8 feet square, give or take a few. Walking into that room, I was magically transported back to, what I'm sure it must have looked like, about 30 or more years ago. The pictures on the wall were all old and yellowed. Watch bands in the glass case that had gone out of fashion more than a few years ago.
The owners lived in the building (I could hear the TV and dishes clanking) and upon walking in I hear from the back room (behind the curtain) "Welcome...I'll be right there." A few moments later, a little man, stepped from behind the curtain and after a quick double-take (not many foreigners go in there, I do believe!), he smiled and asked what he could do for me.
After I got over thinking that he really resembled the old toy repairman from Toy Story, I told him what I needed. He sat down at a small table in the corner, pulled these funky "I'm working on small objects" kind of glasses and got to work.
Just the sound of the rain outside and the traffic on the street....and me trying not to giggle. Wondering if he would be upset if I took some pictures because, really, there were some things that were just screaming to be blogged about...I debated with myself if I should ask to take pictures or just take them on the off chance he had no clue as to what I was doing. The latter won and I got out my handy dandy cell phone and started to take some shots, then remembered that there is a little shutter sound. Damn. In that quiet room, you KNOW it was going to sound LOUD!! What to do? What to do?
Being one to think quickly in situations like this....as I was about to take the first picture....I coughed. And then....I sneezed for the second one. For the third one, I just cleared my throat. There was a fourth one I wanted to take, but I didn't want to chance it...there will always be another watch...another time.
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"Issei....what are you two doing?"
(a little later)
"Issei.....what's going on?"
"Still nothing, Mom."
(Such a smart ass, that one!)
We had this conversation....or similar ones...a few more times over the next two hours. The last time, I knew I had bothered them enough when, I swear to you, I saw both boys roll their eyes. ~~sheesh~~ Kids these day, huh? :-D
A little after that...they came in and borrowed my camera and were kind of excited about what they had done. This is what their "nothing" was:
Wait.....let me give you something to compare it to.....
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