I wrote my address on the board "heather227@..." and she asked me what it meant.
I explained that heather is my name (not always obvious as my name in Japanese is Hezaa and the pronunciation means some people think it's Fezaa/ Feather) and 227 is my birthday.
She sent me the picture and I forgot all about it.
Until last week.
When I was presented with this after class:
A beautiful bouquet of flowers, a card, a giant cookie, a milk caramel and a speech (in English!) about how much they all enjoy my class and how much they appreciate me.
It was so sweet.
Made my eyes all well up.
And I was really touched.
There was just one small problem.
They were a little off on my birthday.
About five months off actually....
Well, it's an Aussie thing....
You see 227 is my birthday.
In Australia where we write the date day/month/year so 227 is 22nd July.
Just unfortunately not in Japan where we write the date year/month/day so 227 is 27th February.
I felt so bad....
And keeping the mistake a secret wasn't even an option as one of the women's husband does Aikido with K and had him text K to find out how to spell my name and he blabbed my real birthday.
Oh well, after I explained that I hadn't misinformed them we all had a giggle at the misunderstanding and a snowy day in February where I have shovelled snow twice before 9:00am is the perfect time for a (very!) surprise birthday as far as I'm concerned!