So off we headed to the local-ish Jusco. Got Meg's incredibly pedantic maths book (13 grid squares across, horizontal, dotted lines) picked up some stuff for Amy's birthday and some multi-coloured indelible markers that were on the chuckout table just because I love the idea of labeling all the girls stuff in purple or blue or orange just because I can!
I went to the register and was kind of zoning out listening to the usual prattle (the register operators her don't actually chat to you but they tell you what you're buying and how much it is as they ring it up) when I was jolted back to the moment when the woman asked 'do you have one of these cards?'
It was a picture of two loyalty cards- one for pregnant women and one for grandparents. Sheesh. I was kind of dumbstruck, sure I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt but surely I didn't look either pregnant or grandmotherly????
Fast forward to night time and wewere at a local festival. Not ours this time as ours is a Spring fertility festival. My friend S invited the girls and I to her neighbourhood's Autumn Harvest festival. It was really beuatiful. Quiet and peaceful and the roads were lined with these beautiful hand painted lanterns:
There were all sorts of designs but of course I had to take a picture of this one!
Anyway, S and her husband were introducing me to their friends and neighbours and one of the men asked where I lived.
Ahhhh!!! Mizutani's wife!
Yeah, yeah! Mizutani Techan's wife!
Mizutani's wife? She's my friend and co-farmer A. She's a kickass woman and I'd be happy to think I'm like her in many ways. Like her. But to have someone think I am her? Well, she's 100% ethnically Japanese for one thing.
Oh and she turned 60 this year.
After a day like today I am heading back to the shopping centre tomorrow.
In a dress.
And buying some Oil of Ulay.