2012年3月6日火曜日

Happy birthday to me?

Sometime last Autumn one of the mums in my 2yo class asked me what my mail address was on my phone. She had taken a great picture of her son and I playing in class (that's a good thing in a 2yo class, really!) and wanted to send it to me.

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.

Ohhhhhhhhhhh!

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....

How?

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!




4 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

Aww, that was really sweet though, even if they got the date wrong. : )

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

Gotta love surprise birthdays that really truly are a surprise!! Too sweet.
Happy Birthday :p

M さんのコメント...

Had to chuckle but at least you got some lovely gifts out of the mistake!!

thefukases さんのコメント...

Yeah I was glad that they were able to see the funny side after going to all that trouble! I made thank you banana cupcakes and gave them out last week. But two boys were missing and one trial student was there so it was cake bribes for trial students and will be cupcakes again tomorrow to boot so I guess we all win in the end, huh? ;P