A Moment to Savour

As I sit, enjoying the afternoon sun and the sound of happy children playing in the park, I am reminded about something that I am really enjoying about being in Tokyo…

Back home life was so hectic that on the weekends that we weren’t sailing we would park off at home. Saturdays would be at home, usually finishing off tasks and errands and possibly a walk in Burnham Beeches and, since Js arrival, socialising has become very scarce, and Sundays were Sundays…
Sailing for A in the morning, church for us and gardening in the afternoon while A slept on the sofa, followed by a roast dinner and World of WarCraft (WOW) in the evening for A and a long chat to home for me once the kids were in bed. All lovely, but not much family-together quality time.

Here it’s been different.
Living in a 3 bedroom flat vs a 5 bedroom house is the first difference. There is less space indoors for the children to play. Cabin fever is a problem and we don’t have a garden to throw them out into…
So we need to get out. Some days- like today- its a bite to eat at the local restaurant followed by some time playing at the park with Daddy being the Tickle Monster.
We want to explore as much of Tokyo and its surrounds as we can. So we are trying to get out as tourists every second weekend at least…
Japanese TV is something special, but that is for another time. So our tv isn’t on as much, resulting in more movie nights….
We are all doing less. I don’t have my allotment, my direct marketing business is on the back burner, WOW is being played, but not nearly as much as before, no sailing, kids have less clubs/ school activities (though more homework)….
Our house is smaller, less space for people to disappear into other rooms and do their own thing. We are all around each other….

These 5 differences have resulted in greater opportunities for us to enjoy the company of our family. Like when we are on our yacht, we have to spend time bonding together, getting to know each other, creating memories together.

That’s a moment to savour…

About Cheryl

I am a child of God, a wife and a mother of 4 children. Some days are good. Some days are frustrating. Some days are just plain insane. In between the mayhem, I loved to go for walks with our mutt, potter in the garden and enjoy the beauty that surrounded us. That all changed in August 2012 when we waved goodbye to our mutt and garden, our eldest at Uni in Gloucester and moved to Tokyo for 4 months. And yes- we are still here...
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