Continued from my earlier post Our First Overseas Adventure: Japan 2000 (part 6).
“10/2/00 Konnichiwa to you all! I wanted to send a quick message to each of you and thought this would be the easiest way (for me). If you haven’t heard from us in a while, we have been unusually busy lately. G8r left the first of September with his new ship, the USS Essex. I’m sure he would love to hear from you. He comes home Oct. 15 for a few days for a change of command for the ship’s captain. Then they are back out until Thanksgiving. The kids started school just before he left, and I went back to school with them. The elementary school here in our military housing had hired a new kindergarten teacher, but she was not to arrive for 2-3 weeks after school started. Lulu was in one of the 4 kindergarten classes (taught by 2 teachers – they have half-day kindergarten here) last year in which I volunteered a couple of days a week. I also applied to be a substitute last March (you would not believe the paperwork I filled out to do that!). Well, the other kindergarten teacher asked if I would like to fill in until the new teacher arrived. And actually, I was a little more than just a substitute; I created bulletin boards and lesson plans, had parent-teacher meetings, etc. It also lasted a little longer than a couple of weeks. Today (6 weeks later) was my last day as ‘teacher,’ ‘hey you,’ and ‘Mrs. Wose!’ I have had so much fun doing this, I am rethinking my plans after Mr DL is out of the house in 15 years from now. The experience I gained as a preschool director at our church in Florida really helped me a lot too. But I have also learned that I try to stretch myself too thinly. With G8r being gone, having a full-time job, and taking care of the kids and house has been exhausting. I am looking forward to the next few days to get the house back in shape. The new teacher will be having training classes and moving into her new house, so I have already been asked to fill in for her some more later in the month, and I will be glad to see the kids again and see how they are doing. And that is not all…Jay is still playing with the Japanese Little League baseball team. He has a big tournament the last weekend of the month near Nagasaki. He is also playing flag-football on base, which I love watching. Lulu is on the cheerleading squad, and they cheer for each of the football teams, a different one each weekend. She is also still going to her dance classes once a week. Mr DL’s gymnastic classes were temporarily stopped as they are looking for a new teacher to replace our last one who recently moved. Poor little guy can’t get a break! He’ll get to play t-ball in the spring and cannot wait for that. I hope all is well with each of you. SR”
Wow, to think that was almost 9 years ago! And now we are looking towards Jay’s senior year next year. This school in Japan was his second school; next year he will be attending his eighth.