Japan 2012; An epic Adventure post 30/Epilogue

Epilogue/post30 for Sunday
I was elated to be back with dad again, and the thought of being home soon lightened my heart during the treacherous drive home. Unfortunately, Dad and I had been caught in a blizzard. “Probably the worst drive of my life” Dad says. Dad and I spent the drive talking together, except when Dad really needed to concentrate, and sharing details of what we had done the last month. Once we had been driving for quite a while I fell asleep and only woke up when Dad stopped the car to check into a hotel. The blizzard was so bad that we couldn’t continue. Unfortunately the hotel was full, and we had to get back onto the road until we finally found a Motel to stay the night in.
The next day, the drive was fine, and it seemed we were back at home in no time. We made a stop at Station 20 West, whose grand opening had been while I was away, to say hi to Mom. I was so glad to be safely home and I was so happy to see Mom. Then Dad and I drove the rest of the way home and I felt like Saskatoon had so much spare space compared to Saitama. Once we got home I unpacked and hung out with Dad and our cat until the kids got home. It was great to see them again and they were really excited that I was home. Later in the evening I unpacked the presents and goodies that I had bought for them and we spent the evening playing with new toys and munching on Japanese candy. I’m so happy to be home! But I miss Japan already.
My thoughts go now to that fateful day in August when our family met up with the Takasugi’s in Banff. I remember hearing Catherine say that she needed help with teaching in Japan, and me, partly joking, saying that I would help! And Catherine, looking at me seriously and saying,
“You know, you really should come!” And me responding
“Yeah I would love to.”
Then the conversation continued and I got even more excited about the possibility of going to Japan. When Catherine brought the idea forward to my parents and they said yes, my heart kept with joy and I felt like jumping up and down and shouting with joy!
To this day, I still have vivid dreams that I am in Japan and wake up sad. I’m in the midst of saving up for another trip, and look forward to the next time I can go to Japan!
Thank you for sharing the journey with me and if you have any questions or comments please email me at crowshire@gmail.com or leave a comment! Thank you so much.
Christopher Sanford Beck

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ecosophian on March 25, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Welcome home Christopher! We’re so glad you are back.
    And we’re so grateful to Catherine and her lovely family for giving you the chance to have such an amazing adventure!

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  2. Posted by jacquee on March 25, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I am also gad you are back here, in my life, but then you never really left. I learned a lot thanks to you. And I want also a photo like the one you posted of your very special family. hugs great aunt Jacquee

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  3. Posted by jill leger on June 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I’m truly delighted to read your writings Christopher, appreciate all the photos too! I still have oodles more to read. What a great adventure you have had in Japan! Now I feel at least I’m getting to know you.Terrific! And now a home-base adventure!
    must sign off for tonight..Even I have to go to bed. Nice spending time with you! Will certainly pass on your blog!
    Great Auntie Jill

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