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Cookies with Taiyo

It’s funny what will make me really miss my son all of a sudden.  I got to do an actual FaceTime video chat with him, Yuki and my parents today.  They’re all in Idaho together for the holidays, and I will be too soon enough!  Well, Boise, the nearest big city to Caldwell, where my parents live, just got a Whole Foods Market.  So today, the day before Thanksgiving, the family is going on an adventure to Whole Foods!

And Whole Foods reminded me of one of our adventures with Taiyo.  Yuki, Taiyo and I had gone to Animal Kingdom, and didn’t feel like eating theme park food, so decided we’d hit up the Whole Foods on the way home, get a meal, do some necessary shopping, and head home.  So for desert, Taiyo and I both got the ever-so-delicious ginger cookies, and some almond milk.  And after our meal, we sat and dunked our ginger cookies in our milk.  Delicious!

What surprised me was when, months later, the next time we went to a Disney Park, we decided to again go to Whole Foods for diner, Taiyo remembered the ginger cookies and milk, and asked if we could do that again.

It’s amazing what sticks out in the mind of a 3 (now 4) year old.  Simple things, like buying a cookie and milk, and eating it together in the store, can be some of the most bonding experiences.

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That was the original post-  then tonight I had another chance to FaceTime with Yuki and Taiyo, and Yuki tells me that on their way to Whole Foods today, Taiyo again asked for his ginger cookie!!  Probably about the same time I was writing the post!   What can I say, great minds….


family disconnected…

a bit of a tough day, as far as missing home and my family goes.

I tried to do FaceTime on my iPad, which didn’t work, then tried iChat on the computer, and we could sort of see each other, but it was hard to hear-  making conversation tough, especially with a 4 year old.

I had called Yuki earlier in the day, and she was shopping with Taiyo.   She asked Taiyo if he wanted to talk to me, but he wouldn’t even hold the phone- he didn’t want to talk.  And I try to be cool about that stuff-  I know it’s just because he misses me that he won’t talk on the phone-  but I’m realizing how sad it makes me.  Not that he won’t talk to me, but that I’m away-  and he’s obviously sad-  and even with technology the way it is-  it doesn’t always work the way you would hope it should, especially when you’re travelling.

So I’m missing my wife and child a lot right now.  I love them both so much.  I just can’t wait till December where I get to see everybody for a little over a week.

But yeah, I guess I have to be honest about how much I miss them, and being a part of their lives on a daily basis.

I feel a little bit disconnected from my kid-  he’s growing so fast-  and I’m not there to see it.  But it did make me feel good that I am able to provide for them-  and Yuki can go shopping and buy winter clothes for Taiyo.  They’re taken care of.  By me.  Even though I’m not there.

And I know Taiyo is an exceptionally resillient kid… he’s got plenty to keep him busy, and so many fun activities that he and Yuki do together-  and I have to remind myself that it’s because of the work that I’m doing, that they have that life.

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