At this time today
the entrance exams to national universities
seem to have started.

Two of my students are challenging them.
Both hope to become doctors.

I know the road to the medical department
is really steep.

I want them, however, to realize that
it's harder and more significant for them
to treat the life of a person in their future
than trying to pass the entrance exams.

I believe that they are trying their best,
which matters more than the results.

Every year,
as the first thing in the morning of their challenge,
I make it a rule to send a mail to them,
saying, "一発かませ!"
That means, " Be confident and make a winning shot!"


Scent of Spring

It's still cold outside, but
sometimes I feel the scent of spring
in the wind these days.

It's nice to feel it.

For the first time in five years
I put hina-dolls in our living room.
The dolls are over fifty years old.

Isn't it a funny idea to add potato chips
instead of "hishi-mochi" and
clover honey liqueur instead of "ama-sake" ?

I'd really like a nice spring to come to
my students.

Yet, the result doesn't count.

Of course, good news is better, but
what's important is whether they try to
make every effort that they can or not
in order to realize their dreams.

How long it takes depends on each individual.
Still, their strong will and patience to do something
will make fruit some day, I believe.
Never give up.

I'm waiting for spring.


Surrounded by Sound

Sometimes I can express myself better in Japanese
than in English.
Of course, it's very natural.
In other cases, however, I feel like describing
what I am thinking in English rather than in Japanese.

Today, the latter.

After two weeks' interval, I joined the blues session.

Because my family caught a cold one by one,
as you know through "Stormy Thursday" in my blog here,
I've been forced to stay home.

Today's session is called the "soft sound" version.
Not as usual, everyone sits and plays with low-volume.

The slow and soft tune comforted me.
I closed my eyes, and almost fell asleep.
But I was surrounded by pleasant sound
all the time.

Yeah, I was really enjoying listening to music
more than playing the keyboard myself today.

A happy moment, it was !


City Ville

I've never got interested in such a kind of game
on Web so far, but
this time the situation is different.

These days, I'm pleased with City Ville on Facebook.

A friend of mine invited me to the game.
At first, I was wondering what it was and
whether it would interest me or not.

It suits me!

The best thing is that I can enjoy it for only five minutes
or so while I'm waiting for a student of mine to come to our
lesson, for example.
It's good to kill time.

Second, anyway, it seems that I love anything that I create,
say, make for myself.
I build houses, shops, or community buildings;
decorate streets with several kind of flowers or items;
arranging them as I'd like them to be.
I also plant crops and harvest.
I'm a mayor.

I'm easy to get tired of one thing(^^), so
I don't know how long I can continue playing it.
However, maybe I can enjoy for the time being ! ☆

Does anyone get interested in it?
Join me on Facebook.


Stormy Thursday

(by Eric Y. Clap-Your-Hands)

Call it stormy Thursday,
but Friday's just as bad.
Call it stormy Saturday,
but Sunday's just as bad.
Monday's even worse; Tuesday's awful sad.

I caught a cold on Thursday,
Friday I went to see a doctor.
My husband began to cough on Saturday, and
Sunday my son had a high fever.
Monday, my husband and son went to the hospital,
where they found out that one of them had a flu.

And I say, "Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on me."

But Lord doesn't have mercy,
'cause my PC got out of order on Tuesday.

Just trying to find the way to fix the PC,
will you please send me a good idea?

Or send me a new PC !

Lord, oh Lord have mercy, yeah,
won't you please, please have mercy on me.

Call it a stormy week !