Monday, July 29, 2013

Kaneko-san Ogenki De (Take care, Kaneko-san)

I said goodbye to Kaneko-san today for the next month and a half.  I'll miss his wayward lesson plans and chuckling over the difficulty of both English and Japanese.  I'll miss his intermittent breath freshening, his occasional confusion, and subsequent patient apologies; his hurried handwriting and dictionary searches, uncovering the Great Pyramids from the sandstorm of disparate homelands, one sincere grain at a time.  Sometimes those grains fall through well-meaning fingers.  If only we had the time of the universe.  If only there were a language that fit the whole world.  But in our time together maybe we do, and maybe there is.  

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