2011年3月24日木曜日

why we're not panicking as much as you are...

I have gave up on foreign news services about a week ago and have been listening to NHK world English on Ustream and the NHK tv news here. And of course regular updates from Duncan Hawthorne. If you're on facebook check out the Duncan Hawthorne Fan Club. It was started as a bit of a laugh among some foreign wives here to show him how much we appreciate the cool, calm and collected updates but he actually joined and updates us daily (sometimes more) on the nuclear issue. Definitely worth joining for a daily dose of reassurance! The news is disturbing but still below my hysteria breaking point.

I was therefore a bit puzzled why so many others were so much more freaked out about it. It's certainly not because I have nerves of steel and am known for my unflappableness- I am the kind of person who closes their eyes, screams and ducks when you throw a cricket ball in her general direction...

Then someone sent me this link:

and I think I get it a bit more now. Those reactor explosions the BBC are using? Scarey! And as for Skynews... I actually find that quite offensive.

In a Fukase update, we are all well, K has been here and there on (non-disaster related) business trips, Amy finished her second year of three years of kinder today and managed to reply with a stirring 'YES!' each time the teacher asked them something (a skill she has been known to dismiss as not worth the effort and which her teacher is a fanatic about) so I was a very proud mummy today. That sounds so odd. I'm so proud my five year old answer when spoken to! But it really has been some year with Amy vs the teacher so I felt it was a good omen for next year when.... we will have the same teacher again- oh yeah. Meg is still totally over the Spring Holidays but has at lest stopped moping around on the sofa sighing forlornly and is playing.

Playing with a 3 year old house guest who is just the cutest thing you've ever seen. Seriously. She comes out with absolute corkers so many times a day. Her favourite songs? Bad Romance and the alphabet song. She has come up with her mum for a few days R&R in the country and a respite from supermarket shortages and is keeping us all entertained. Meg and Amy are falling over each other trying to be closest to her/ the one who helps her most/ the one she wants to sit next to etc etc. Her first language is English and it's fantastic to see Meg especially really trying to communicate in English all day long. And communicate with a kid. I was trying to think and I don't think we've ever been in this situation before. It really does make you smile to see them playing endless rounds of delivery person make believe or twirling around being ballerinas or going for a walk with them holding hands and trotting along in their snowcoats over their white tutu-dresses.

And me? Well I am having a blast with my house guest. She is so easy to talk to, converses on a plethora of subjects I usually only get to ponder alone (whaling/ historical basis of world perceptions of Japan/ international media/ favourite comedians and best sandwich combinations to name a few) and is a natural house guest who even offers to mind all the kids. Ahhhh wonder how long I can keep her here....

K's parents are still in Nagoya, delayed because my nephew has a fever and my SIL needs to be at work but are planning to come back on Saturday. My (other) SIL may or may not arrive with her 3 year old. My fabulous friend in Nagano will visit on Saturday with her 2 yo and 6 week old. House guest's husband also arriving Saturday. New neighbour will step in as emergency accommodation after I go and pick her up from the night bus. K has a meeting tomorrow morning at 6am, Saturday at 1pm and again at 7pm and then Sunday at 6pm, I'm working Saturday afternoon and I'm driver extraudinaire Sunday to go up and see a cheese maker 2 hours up in the mountains so this weekend looks pretty boredom free so far... definitely no time to watch Sky news and reckon Meg might even have to give up lying on the sofa sighing...

2 件のコメント:

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

you have a nice relaxing weekend then :)

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

just watched that link. Very good. Thanks.