私の父 : My father in Japan

Early this morning, I checked my yahoo mail account and smiled when I saw a mail from my Japanese foster-father. He replied!

Few days ago, I’ve been reminiscing my Japan days. Along with those memories are the Kojimas who served as my Japanese foster family in the youth exchange I have participated. Last Friday, I sent an email to my otoosan and wasn’t expecting his response to be so soon. Usually, it takes two weeks before he can send his letter to me because 1. He’s busy as a news director of Ishikawa prefecture; and 2. He must translate my letter first in Japanese, write a reply in his own language, and then translate it in English. So imagine my delight when I received his response so quick!

The nostalgia I felt made me write the post before this – recounting my two-week stay in the land of the rising sun. A day after, I’m now sharing this short entry about my Japanese family getting communicated with me again.

I had been busy and distracted these three years and I somehow lost my connection to them. At first, the emails were exchanged at least once a week, then once a month, until we lost contact. I’m glad that we are now getting ourselves reacquainted and that they still accept me warmly as their daughter even though I behaved badly as one. For all those things that happened in Japan, I did not once send an email or call my father to inquire on their well-being. I was so preoccupied at that time and I regret that I didn’t even make an effort to continue the relationship.

However, I am willing to put myself back in the family. I initially sent the letter to my father with hopes that he will reply and accept me with open arms, forgive me by being an ungrateful child for all the kindness they have given to me, and rekindle our family relationship. With his reply sent today, I guess I’m lucky that I have a wonderful and forgiving foster family who still loves me.

Here’s one of the photos my otoosan sent me today. Look at my imotos (younger sisters), they’ve grown up so fast!

I hope I can go back to Japan soon and pay my family a visit. 🙂

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