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team player

as i think about the tanabata festival, and looking back at the pictures, a thought enters my mind…now, i know what it is like to have been in the moment.

i never once stepped away from my tent except for getting shaved ice.  they had green tea flavor…i couldn’t resist.

i went back and forth between the two shaded areas of the kids’ corner that the immersion of being involved was full.  what i mean is simply that when i saw a space around the water yo yo pool i filled it with my body and helped the little ones catch a yo yo.  i remember being in such high spirits when i got a thank you for your help that i felt complete.

when i had to make the origami, i felt as if it was not my strong suit, so i taught others how to study it and they in turn helped the visitors.  when i would enter that side of the tent i would do my best.  it, too, i feel relieved because my effort was from the heart.

not many kids did the japanese yo yo.  but, that is ok.  they seemed to enjoy the fishing for the water yo-yo.  not many came to hear the tanabata story either.  you could tell those that came wanted to get back to the hands on activities. (my idea of it being interactive went ok, but because one of my volunteers was not there it made for, for lack of better word, a “so so” performance.

so, as i look at my pictures and others that were taken and see the smiles on the faces, i am glad.  i am glad not only for participating in something, but as i said for giving it my all.  i feel as if i was part of a team.  and, being part of a team is very important.  i did it.  笑顔


About charleswinstead

having lived in japan for 3.5 years i wish to "go back to the island" as often as i can. i lived from 1999-2003. i went back in 2007, then again in 2011. i am a full time teacher, so the best time to go for me is during the summer vacation. it works out well because i love the sensational feelings i get in japan during the summer...especially playing taiko and eating lots of ma-cha ice.

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