現在猫6匹のみ、初めて犬のいない暮らしをしています。ピアノ、英語、フランス語歴は長いですが、数年前からドイツ語勉強し始めました。ブログの名前は“Le Petit Prince 星の王子さま”より

2012-05-28 17:28

I was too sad to do anything recently, as my dog finally passed away early in the morning on May 16th.
During the two days before she died, she did not eat anything, she managed to swallow some water that I gave her using my palm.

She was not able to stand, let alone walk anymore.
I knew that the day would come, and I prepared myself for the day, but still her death has left a void.
I devoted myself to her while she was alive,I gave her 10 years worth of love in 15 months.

On the day,I sent a message to the person who wrote a caption for the photo in The Japan Times on January 29,2011, in which my dog and I were in it.

She was kind enough to send me a mail to encourage me.
"It is always sad when animals leave us. They leave a big hole too, just like people do. You have my condolences. Please remember that the end is part of life."

2012-05-13 23:06

I have 6 language teachers at home. My son said that I've been wasting money.I think he is right in a sense, I need to take a break from talking to them, and I should study at my desk by myself sometimes.Just chatting with them doesn't improve my English or French, although it helps me keep my fluency.My son also told me that I must leave some inheritance for him instead of spending money on studying. Of course he was joking.
"To my teachers,
As you know recently I have been in a bad condition which has meant numerous visits to my Doctor. Unfortunately he has advised me to take a break from my studies in order to recuperate and to allow me time to visit the hospital for regular health checks. I am rushed off my feet most days with family and work which leaves me very little time to rest. As a result my health has suffered and I now need time to recover. I have enjoyed our lessons and really appreciate the time and effort you have put in and hopefully we can resume our lessons at a later date.I apologize if this causes any problems but I must follow my Doctors advice. Thank you for your understanding."

2012-05-13 19:20

My courageous neighbors.

At the end of this month my neighbors will travel to France, the daughter will enter Piano school to try and realize her dream of becoming a famous pianist.

I respect them both for their boldness, both of them speak very basic English and French, but their ability is fairly limited.
Recently they were advised that the daughter should finish mandatory education in Japan before moving, but the mother is intent on moving.
I feel like she is living vicariously through her daughter.

The daughter will have to attend regular public school in France where she will study a variety of subjects in French while trying to hone her piano skills in her free time, this will be a difficult balancing act.
Whereas, if she remains in Japan, she will have more time to dedicate to Piano and will have the opportunity to study abroad in 3 year.
I can`t decide which is the best option for her, so I refrain from giving her any advice.