So proud of Meggy.
She doesn't find penmanship very easy or enjoyable in anyway.
And that's bad enough when you are trying to write English but with the pernickety, finickity horror that is the intricacy of writing Japanese characters penmanship becomes vital.
At the start of the year Meg was pretty much on a kanji strike where she would write as little as possible, do the required homework- under duress and painfully- and then complain a lot.
Then in May when we were doing rice planting we were joined by friend Y's 14 year old daughter. meg was enchanted as S was big and knowledgable and funny and so much olllllder. Meg was complaining about kanji and asking how long you have to learn it and pretty crestfallen to hear that even in JHS they have to learn Japanese... S casually mentioned that you can not go to High School if you don't want to and Meg has been hung up on this for seven months now. The 'I'm not going to high school! I'm going to stop learning Japanese in Year 9!!' mantra is wearing pretty thin...
But in the last couple of months she has decided that writing nicely is cool. And that doing calligraphy is fun. And the school has a community volunteer calligraphy teacher who is really gentle and caring and explains how important the nuances of kanji are when you're writing so that you can learn and do your calligraphy properly.
And so last month when I went to observation day Meg wanted a picture with her calligraphy. And I think her face says it all: