It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that I haven’t written a blog in ages. I’m still disappointed in myself, though! Why does this always happen?! No matter how strongly I want to write a blog post, something always interferes!
I suppose that’s a good place to begin this post: ever since I arrived here in Japan, I hit the ground running full-speed! Thankfully, I didn’t have any jetlag, just like my previous time here. I am so thankful for the fact that I didn’t have jetlag, because there was so much that needed to be done and not enough time to do it!
The week before school started, I spent a lot of my time at the school moving furniture. Because there were so many missionaries arriving and leaving, we kept a lot of furniture in the attic at school, then we would play musical chairs *ahaaaaa pun…* by moving furniture from one person’s house to the school, then from the school to another person’s house, and on and on. It was one thing that we were lifting ridiculously heavy pieces of furniture, but add to that the unbearable heat and humidity, (especially on the third floor at school, which was basically a furnace,) and it was just such an exhausting task! Thankfully we were able to empty out the classrooms of the unneeded furniture, though!
The week before school started, the teachers and I went out to lunch. It was a lot of fun being able to spend time and catch up with these people I hadn’t seen in so long!
A few days after I arrived here, I began battling a very bad cough and a fever. Carol took me to a drugstore, and explained my symptoms to the nice man behind the counter. He found us a box of medicine, and assured us that it was, in fact, the “most popular cough medicine right now.” So don’t worry everyone – I’m only taking the popular drugs!
The first week of school, Carol and I were the only teachers in the English track at school. (It was a lot of work, but thankfully God provided another intern who arrived the following week!) It was nice getting back into the familiar routine of things at school. I am teaching English to the Japanese students in 1st-5th grade, tutoring one 6th grade Japanese girl in English, and I am teaching elementary art, but I am mostly focused on teaching the 7th graders in the E-track.
Teaching English to the Japanese kids this time around is so much easier! Last time I taught them, I didn’t know Japanese at all, so it was quite a challenge. This time, I know a lot more Japanese, and it is so useful in that class! (The looks on the students’ faces when they realized I understood what they were saying were absolutely hilarious!) This class is definitely not completely easy, though. It’s taken a lot of work to figure out where each of the students is linguistically, and now I’m at the point where I’m trying to assign the right kinds of material to match their abilities. It’s a challenge, but so far God has given me the strength and provision I need to make class happen every week, and I have full confidence that He will continue to provide!