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10 May 2005 @ 09:25 pm
Weary Soldier Reporting In....  
This is just a note to let you guys know that I haven't actually disappeared, joined the circus, or been kidnapped by aliens. I'm sorry I haven't been around to talk or comment much lately, but RL has currently sunken it's extremely sharp teeth into my leg.

On Friday, I got a call from the local elementary school, saying that they had another Japanese family moving in for the last three weeks of school. The family has a first grade boy (Hideki) and a third grade girl (Miyako), and neither child speaks any English. I was actually absolutely delighted to get another chance to work with Japanese students, so I told the school I would help out for a few days. I got permission from my professors to miss class on Monday, and talked to the teachers about their new students, class room rules, curriculum for the rest of the year, ect. I spent most of the weekend translating information packets for the parents.

So, for the past two days, I've been juggling first and third grade, trying to get these kids settled in a little. Hideki and Miyako are absolutely the cutest little things; Miyako is a real sweetheart, and Hideki has a little wicked streak. (He does this thing where he flutters his eyelashes at you as if to say, 'Who ME?') Miyako is also incredibly smart, and talented on the recorder. I was sorry to leave both of them today, but I think they're ready to work without me-- they know the rules, are picking up English, and their classmates are willing to help them out. Besides, their mother has asked me to tutor them over the summer, so I'll be seeing them again.

Unfortunately, at the same time all of this was going on, I've had a take-home midterm and a project to do, both due tomorrow. X_x Right now, I'm running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to get things organized. @_@ And I thought things weren't going to get crazy for a few more weeks! ^_~;;;

Anyway, that's where I've been. I still owe Leigh an email, and some feedback for her kick-ass BSG drabble (read it here: 'Being Alive'. Like RIGHT NOW. ^_~). I owe Amber some feedback as well.

Gomen nasai!!
(I'm so very sorry!)

A sort of frazzled,
Meredith
 
 
Emotional Temperature: rushedrushed
The Band Plays:: "The Chicken Dance" on the TV
 
 
 
gamesiplaygamesiplay on May 11th, 2005 02:35 am (UTC)
*hugs!* I was wondering where you were, but I figured that it was your exam time, too. Hideki and Miyako sound so sweet; sometimes I think it's just American children that I usually can't stand. :)

Best of luck on all of your work. I'm busy right now, too, so there's no rush to get back to me on anything.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: ayugarnettrees on May 12th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
*hugs!* I was wondering where you were, but I figured that it was your exam time, too.
*hugs! back* Most of my midterms were last week-- it was just the take-home I had to worry about this week. Of course, it turned out that said midterm was the Evil Exam From Outer SPAAAAAACE. *grumbles* It was for Japanese Ethnography, and the final essay question pertained to baseball! What the hell do I know about baseball. Grr.

Anyway-- I hope your exams are going well. I've missed being around. ^___^;;

Hideki and Miyako sound so sweet;
They were absolutely adorable. Miyako asked me if one of my parents was Japanese-- she assumed that was why I spoke the language. So cute!

sometimes I think it's just American children that I usually can't stand. :)
*grins* Miyako's class was very nice to her-- they were all interested, and they wanted to make her feel comfortable. (Sometimes, though, they did the opposite by crowding her and making her panic. ^^; She and I just want for a quiet walk around those times, so she could get some air.) But there were some real stinkers in Hideki's class. X_x I'm starting to think that ever child named Brandon must be evil. I've met at least five trouble makers named Brandon. X_x

I'm busy right now, too, so there's no rush to get back to me on anything.
It's the end of the year crunch, isn't it? Still, I feel bad. I should be free this weekend....
-Meredith
Amberminttown1 on May 11th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)
*sends happy thoughts*
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: ayutwicegarnettrees on May 12th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
*glomps Amber massively*
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Meredith Bronwen Mallory: frozengarnettrees on May 12th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
They sound positively adorable, and that's so sweet of you to help them settle in, and all that.
*blush* I enjoy doing it, and it's a great chance to practice my Japanese. They really were sweethearts-- I'm looking forward to tutoring them this summer.

It's great to hear from you, too!

*stares at Rose's icon* Is that from GoF?
-Meredith
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