Road trip with Okaasan.
Yup. I'm clearly a masochist: I have just suggested to DS that this November we should take Okaasan with us when we go to the Tokyo area!
Take her to her birth town Kawagoe to see her brother etc. Walk the old streets of her childhood memories.
Last chance while she is able to walk, talk and understand?
Chance because we are both going this year (he to his usual 1 week of old drinking haunts and me for a short trip so we can both go to the Elton John concert in Yokohama...).
This would mean me preparing Okaasan to leave this house, take her to the airport, fly with her to Tokyo and take her to Kawagoe.
Then hand over to DS and the family.
All sorts of things to consider.
But DS can see the reasons why this might be the year to do this trip for Okaasan.
He goes every year for a week of meetings friends. But this year I am going too.
And Okaasan is still physically and mentally able to do this trip.
A big problem would be how to keep her away from her old house - where useless brother lives now. Once she got in THERE we might never get her out.....or she might want to bring everything in it back to Sapporo...
And another problem area is what to do with Okaasan the night we are at the concert. Could we leave her alone for a few hours in a strange hotel? Would she wander? Get lost?
I feel we should leave her with family that night.
DS thinks it is all too much travelling.
Anyway. The idea is out there now.....watch this space.