Today I did something I never thought I’d do. Now, I’m not very good with kids. At all. In fact, I’m usually kind of uneasy around them. I never know what to say to them. Add to that, the language barrier (ok, I can understand a little, but after just a year and a half, I’m still not very confident in Japanese.) So why in the world would I go to this volunteer function where we had to entertain orphans all day? I don’t know. And I was really nervous going into it. I went there with my boss, Steve, early this (Sunday) morning at 8 o’clock. I was really dreading it. But it turned out to be fantastic and really rewarding. We just basically hung out with these two little girls who are the sweetest in the whole world. Natalia-chan (2nd grade) and Yukie-chan (6th grade). I still didn’t talk all that much, and basically just hung on to their balloons and purses for them, but I really had a wonderful time.
I was amazed at how well-behaved all the kids were. And how much food they ate. That had me a little worried - as if they might not get enough food usually. It’s really sad to think that these kids don’t have any regular parents to go home to. It was also interesting to see a little Russian girl speaking perfect Japanese. I really want to do something like this again, though. People talk about how rewarding stuff like this is, but I never thought it was my cup of tea. Maybe I’ve changed…