Making a Difference, One Day at a Time

As I wrote in my story about my visit to a Japanese High School, part of the visit was a group discussion with students about a wide variety of issues, including what they want to become later in life. The girls that hoped to raise a family said so somewhat sheepishly, as if being a mother wasn't “real” work.

I corrected them, pointing out that motherhood is an unsung, unappreciated, demanding job that society gives little credit for, but should. After Anthony was born, I called my mom and said “thanks, and sorry”, because you really don't get it until you have kids of your own.

Nevertheless, I encouraged all of them to try to understand how much work their parents do for them, and perhaps actually express thanks for that sometime.

Fast-forward to this week. Ninomiya-sensei (my host for the visit) passed along papers that the students wrote about their impressions from our discussions. Kindly (and well beyond my own writing abilities), they wrote everything in two languages.

Here's an excerpt from one student's paper....

ジェフリーはお母さんは大変だと言っていました。じぇふりーと話した日、私は家に帰って私はお母さんに「ありがとう」を伝えました。私は今まで誕生日や母の日以外に感謝を伝えていませんでした。私は母のように立派な母親になろうと思います。
On the day spoken with Jeffrey, I came home and I said mother 'Thank You'. I have not ever saying thanks, the day apart from the Birthday and Mother's Day. I want to become mother as splendid as my mother.

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It is a wonderful feedback Jeff.

— comment by britto on July 23rd, 2008 at 11:15pm JST (9 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Wow. That brought a tear to my eye. If it weren’t two o’clock in the morning, I’d stop and give my mother a call. ‘Guess I’ll do that when I get up.

— comment by Joanna on July 24th, 2008 at 3:57pm JST (9 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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