George has finally found his "Home Sweet Home" after 14 years of searching. George convinced Erika to move back to Japan, but it has been an uphill struggle. There are many problems that lie ahead for George and Erika before they can finally call Japan, "Home Sweet Home". Please join them as they face the difficulties and celebrate the successes. The journey promises to be entertaining as well as informative.
Summer in Tsukahara
Spring in Tsukahara
Friday, October 5, 2012
Wow! It’s been a year?
says, “Time sure flies” as she is busily preparing lesson plans for the week.
Time does seem to be passing quickly since we moved to Japan. Why is that? I
know that time passes quickly when I’m busy. Perhaps this new lifestyle keeps
me busy? I was busy in Seattle, but time passed like I was waiting to have all
my teeth pulled. I noticed when I become involved with something I enjoy and
it’s fun, time seems to move at warp speed. So, I must be enjoying what I’m
doing, having fun, and staying busy. Yes, I think that would summarize our year
A few days
ago, Erika came home from teaching and she was in a cheerful mood. She
explained that she had the best experience teaching that day. She realized that
she was making a difference in a person’s life. She could influence a student
in such a way as to make a positive change in that person. I think it finally dawned
on her that she has the gift of being a teacher…an exceptionally talented
teacher. When I grow up, I want to be like Erika.
in Japanfor a year, do I have any regrets? Yes. We should have done this
Do I have
any advice for someone thinking of making a change? Yes. Take charge of your
life, stop thinking and start doing!
Do you think
you will move back to the U.S.? Sure. As soon as we become independently
wealthy and we can afford a vacation home in California or Arizona. Erika loves
the U.S. and I can’t deny her that luxury.
Our life in
Japan has been an uphill struggle. It was also that way in Seattle. The main
difference is that we have chosen to make it a struggle in Japan. It’s all
about attitude. Feeling in control of our destiny is enlightening, but it’s
also terrifying. I don’t think anyone is ever in control of their destiny, but
ignorance is bliss. I think we are on the right path to having a successful
business and a fulfilling life. Patience is proving to be the key. It’s kind of
to keeping our line in the water. George