2016年9月13日火曜日

stupidity

I bought shoes at a hardware store for about 400 yen.

That wasn't so stupid, they were serviceable and reasonably priced.

I left them on the black rubber mat in the back of the k-truck while I was in the rice paddy weeding.

That wasn't stupid, it turned out to be genius as they shrunk and fit really really well after that.

I loved them so much I wore them all summer.

And the next summer.

And the NEXT summer.

That wasn't stupid- if you have a great pair of shoes you keep wearing them, right?

The sole got really, really thin.

I stepped on a rose branch pruning and a thorn went through the sole and stuck me.

That was pretty stupid. I should have cleaned up better after pruning.

Then at summer camp I slipped on algae near the river.

That was kind of stupid, I KNOW algae is slippery, I should have avoided it.

Then I slipped on a film of ash on the ground after rain and I started wondering about my stupidity recently. How had I avoided stepping on rose thorns and slipping on algae and slipping on ash so completely until this year only to have all these problems in a couple of months???

Could it be the shoes?

No! Don't be stupid! These are GREAT shoes. My FAVOURITE shoes!

Then today I had a really stupid moment.

I was on my way into work from the carpark in torrential rain.

I slipped on a polished rock paver.

I came down HARD.

I jarred my neck, hit my shoulder, jarred my back, hit my hip and hurt my knee and ankle.

I was also covered in mud from shoulder to toe.

And I had class in 15 minutes.

I (stupidly) wasn't carrying a handkerchief so I had to steal the hand towel from work and do the best I could. I was wet, cold, miserable and embarrassed with a full day of classes ahead of me.

As the day went on the cold and miserableness got better but the aches and pains got worse and I got a headache to boot.

And I was feeling pretty stupid by now.

And as I wore my shoes home and took them off at after school care to get Amy and then appreciated their perfect fit as I drove home and took them off in the genkan I have been mourning my shoes on their last outing. Remembering the good times we've had together and forgiving them for the bad times.

And missing them already even though I haven't thrown them out just yet.

And that IS stupidity.

On both counts.

2016年9月9日金曜日

So bad at understanding...

Amy- mum, I need stuff for smashing.
Me- huh?
We're doing smashing tomorrow.
Smashing?
YES! Stop asking!
Why are you smashing stuff? 
For art.
Wow..... what kind of things are you smashing?
Whatever we want. Like containers and stuff we don't need any more. Can I take a sponge?
You're going to smash a sponge?????
Yes. 
How???
You just put it in paint and smash it.
You smash a sponge?
YES!!!
What is smashing in Japanese?
sumashingu.
Smashing??
YESSS!!!
Meg- (nonchalantly from the next room where she's doing hw) she means stamping.
Me- STAMPING! Oh!!!!
Amy- Smashing, stamping, whatever!!! Why are you so bad at understanding??????