Okaasan hasn't been out for 4 days now - I detect signs of cabin fever.
She was wandering around her rooms and the kitchen a lot yesterday afternoon. Went to peer outside the front door a few times.
Sadly Sapporo had non-stop snow ....big white fluffy flakes of it for hours and hours.
I fed Okaasan lunch: fried tofu, pumpkin, soup, rice, pickles.
I fed Okaasan dinner: hot pot of tofu, chicken balls, veggies.
Chatted along merrily about weather/wartime/food/cooking/wartime/cooking lessons/naming babies/Christmas.
Okaasan gets much more talking time when she is just with me. I guess it is good for her. Yujiro talks into infinity - but I can't do that (and certainly NOT in Japanese!), so my style is to ask leading questions that I hope will get Okaasan into one of her pet topics...then to just supply the polite "oos" and "ahhs" as she goes round and round with the story for a while.
Today is Christmas Eve. I hope the weather is slightly better and Okaasan will make it outside.
And Uni Spagetti-chan is coming to stay tonight! I've ordered KFC chicken - which is what most Japanese people associate with Christmas and we'll eat that with Okaasan - and then escape upstairs to mulled wine, cheese, TV....and open our pressies together tomorrow morning.
I am SO happy she is here for the holidays. I'm sad that she's got a job back in the Uk and will be leaving in January, but it's great that she thus cancelled her planned Xmas trip and is here to make the holidays happy.
*On a sadder note: one of my Japanese-sisters has lost her Dad this week, and the funeral is tonight. Of course Christmas Eve in Japan is just another ordinary day, and my friend isn't Christian. But even so - for ever after Christmas Eve will hold such sad memories for her.
When I first came to Japan I shared apartments with 3 Japanese woman and we call eachother sisters. I don't think Naoko reads this blog - she is always too busy working and travelling to work - but she is in my mind a lot.