Having a whale of a time
I’m so glad to hear that Csilla got home safely. I’m sure you are having a whale of a time together. I remember when I was 19 and I had just returned from Vancouver in Canada. My parents met me at the airport and when they saw me they gave me such a wonderful, big hug. It didn’t feel like five minutes since we had said goodbye at the same airport seven months earlier and my mum had been in floods of tears. I sometimes think that only when you have been apart for a while do you realise how important people are to you. I think that I took my parents for granted when I was at home. My mum took care of the housework and my dad worked all day. It wasn’t until I was on the other side of the world that I really appreciated them for all they had done for me.
I’m not too keen on Formula 1 to be honest. I used to watch it occasionally with my dad when I was younger, but I’ve never really been into cars so I’m not too fussed about watching it now. I’ve got a few friends who just can’t get enough of it, though. One friend I knew a few years ago used to stay up all night to watch the races. His friend even flew over to Japan from the UK just to watch the Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit. It always surprises me how much people will pay, or what they will do, in order to pursue their interests. Like Star Wars fans waiting in line outside cinemas for days just to see the films before anyone else. Have you ever gone to any great lengths to pursue an interest?
I have to say your house looks very picturesque. And the garden is so green! I’d love a house with a garden, too, some day. It’s no surprise that you love nature and you have so many pets! Tomono always says how much she’d love to have a dog, but keeping a dog in an apartment in the city doesn’t seem right to me. I remember a neighbour of mine used to keep two large dogs in their flat. I felt so sorry for them, being stuck outside on the balcony for most of the day with no space to run around.
Tomono had a similar experience to your son when she was younger. On her way home from school she found a puppy which had been abused and abandoned by the side of the road. She took it home and nursed it back to health. It’s a tiny little thing which still lives at her mum’s house. They named him ‘Toyota’. He really makes me laugh sometimes because he’s so cute and only ever turns left. Tomono’s mum takes really good care of him. She even takes him to a special beauty parlour for small dogs…
Finally, I’d like to believe that we are masters of our own destiny. I’m not comfortable with the idea that life is predetermined. How about in other countries and cultures?
Sorry for rambling on for so long today!
Useful phrases from today’s post:
(to) have a whale of a time
(to) give someone a hug
(to be) in floods of tears
(to) take someone for granted
(to) appreciate someone (for doing something)
(to be) (not) keen on (doing) something
(to be) into something
(to be) (not) too fussed about (doing) something
(to) stay up all night (to do something)
(to) fly over (to somewhere)
(to) have a (real) passion for (doing) something
(to) wait in line (to do something) OR (for something)
(to) go to great lengths (to do something)
(to) pursue an interest
(to) keep a dog/cat etc (as a pet)
(to) feel sorry for someone/something
(to be) stuck outside
(to) nurse someone/something back to health
(to) make someone laugh/cry/happy
(to) ramble on (about something)
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