I feel like we all like to have a sense of being welcomed somewhere. A place to call home. Somewhere to go back to and just be yourself and have those you love embrace you for it.
I love it every single time I am reminded that I have a place like that.
My best friends mom, and the entire family’s home in Japan provides that place for me. And I just think it’s incredible. 3 and a half years ago we had only been email buddies. We then met up in person when I went to Japan the first time in April/March in 2012. Since that day we have messaged each other everyday. Since then I have stayed at their house for over a month total. And they’ve stayed with me In California.
I have my own chopsticks, plate, slippers, apron, futon, and room at their house.
My お母さん (my Japanese mama) knows my favorites Japanese foods to eat, my clothing size, my interests, my problems, my dreams, my crushes, my hobbies. We bond. Every day we say good morning and good night. Every week we have a Skype English lesson and gossip and news catch up.
My お父さん (Japanese papa) makes my favorite coffee in the world…I swear he’s a coffee genius. And he is pretty quiet until he cracks probably the funniest jokes ever that no matter how hard I would try to explain them in English I can’t get them to translate.
The daughters. All three are my absolute best friends in the entire world. Literally. We all can nerd out together over anime. Play the taiko game at the arcade, and do Purikura. Just hanging around with them. Even though we are all adults with serious type jobs. Spending lazy days and just doing their normal routine is the absolute best. I love being able to say “おかえり！” (welcome home”) to them when they come home from work. And I love being able to say “ただいま” whenever I go back to Japan.
They are the most hospitable and loving family I could ever hope to be friends with. And pretty much included in. In their city I know about 60 people through them. And they all basically just consider me as one of their family.
It’s so nice to have a place to go back to.
Everyday I get asked when am I coming back to visit again? Saying I am “welcome anytime.” I was just there 3 months ago. We are all going through withdrawals of each other’s company already.
When my company shut down….and I was sad….they picked me up. Told me “never give up” and that they are there for me. My お母さん even sent me some companies I am going to look up.
Thinking of going back in November….let’s see if I can con one my employer to let me jump ship for like 3 weeks. ^^;
I hope you too have found your place…..your somewhere to go back to.
I know for me….even though my best fiends live on the other side o the world. We still act like we are next door. I always see the sky and instead of seeing the distance….,I see the connection to them instead.
Because the thing is….it doesn’t matter how far we are from each other….we have a bond. A connection. A comfort level with each other that allows me to just go visit them. It’s no different than if they did live next door. If I want to go see them….I will. Nothing can stop me. If there is such a thing as people being meant to be friends… This is it. If I hadn’t ever met them my life would be a whole lot different. I wouldn’t be trying to fulfill visa requirements to move there. I wouldn’t have gone there as many times for sure. I would be a lot more lonely for sure.
How happy I am that they are in my life. めっちゃありがとうみんな！thank you for being in my life :)