Yesterday was Tanabata, the one day of the year that the lovers the Weaver Star and Herder Star can meet in the sky. Children – and adults – all over Japan write wishes on rectangles of paper (tanzaku) and hang them on young bamboo trees. If the sky is clear and the lovers can meet, the wishes will come true.
Lsat year, Jio wrote, very sweetly, that he hopes to become a baseball player on his father’s high school team. This year, to my dismay, he wrote that he wants to become rich. When did my sweet little boy become materialistic?? I guess I should stop saying that we can’t afford this and that, and his father should stop going on about how poor we are. And we can talk about how rich we are in other areas. We can enjoy the cultures of two countries!
Lilia wrote that she wants to learn lots of sign language and finish her school lunch faster. Her teacher suggested these things, and she liked the idea. She’s very social, so it sounds like she does more “talking” than eating.
At any rate, it was cloudy last night, so Jio shouldn’t be expecting his bank account to fill up any time soon.