Graduation Day

They dress in red robes and sing to say goodbye. Parents and teachers watch, clap and cry. Diplomas are passed out. Speeches are given. Pictures are taken. Then comes the lunch. Awkward conversation. More speeches. Skits. Speeches. Tears. Sobbing tears of farewell. One last song together. Goodbye teachers. Retire to the classroom. One last look. … More Graduation Day

Drinking after Work

Okay, confession time: I really like my main job. I kind of fell into teaching. I come from a family of teachers and sometimes it seems like a majority of the extended family, on both sides, either are teachers or have taught. I think that outside of my dad and brother, almost everyone else has … More Drinking after Work

A Reason to Teach

After writing about aspects of the Japanese school system for the past two days, I really wasn’t planning on going on about schools today. After all, I need to talk about comic books and movies. Maybe plug some of my other projects, such as a novel and assorted podcasts. But, this week was the first … More A Reason to Teach

Graduation 2017

I’m currently sitting in a train collecting my thoughts. This morning was the graduation and luncheon at the elementary school I work at. Regular readers might know that this is my third school year working here, even though I started near the end of that first school year. On the whole this school has been … More Graduation 2017

Tears and Rain

From around noon the weather shifted. At the start of the day it was reasonably warm, for early March, and the sky was decently blue. Then the clouds came and everything turned grey. Rain was soon to follow. This actually fits rather well with the day. It is nearing the end of the school year … More Tears and Rain

(Re)Appointment

Yesterday felt rather bleak. I had worries that history was repeating itself in terms of work promises falling through. Really the only thing I had to hold on to was the knowledge that the people I work with are very special, warm-hearted people. My faith in their good intentions was never in doubt, but my faith … More (Re)Appointment