On the selfless side of things, I feel that it is very important for Dustin to be at the orientation alone and get to know other JETs without feeling the need to be involved with us. This is his job after all, not mine, and I want him to feel connected. I am almost certain that he will enjoy Tokyo so much more if he is able to go out in the evenings to explore and socialize without having us on the back of his mind. Also, having a week or two to settle into his job before he has to listen to the kids whining and tearing around will probably save us a lot of stress and grief. On the selfish side of things though, I want Dustin to get things at our home figured out before we show up, like places for the kids to sleep and a few groceries purchased.
|The magically wonderful Karlee|
On another note, my mom is flying in from Vermont today. She hasn't seen William yet since he has been born and will be staying with us for a few weeks. It must seem fairly depressing coming from the mountainous land of springtime beauty that is Vermont to the windy, flat, expanse of Manitoba in the peak of mud season. I am hoping that Theo is not as disagreeable to my mom as he was last time she was here. He had a hard time accepting that she was in fact his grandma and anytime she talked to him or tried to hug him he pretended he was dousing her with a stream of fire from an imaginary fire hose. I think he has a pretty Fahrenheit 451 view of what firefighters do.
|Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go...|