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1年間で116文章。

もっと書けたらよかった・・・。

これは今年で終わりにいたします。
(また、どこかで書き続けますが。)
2013/12/31(火) 07:50:15 | Today's word | トラックバック:0 | コメント:0
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規則正しい生活:orderly life

What does it mean “orderly life” for you?
In my case, it means to go to bed at the right time and to wake up at the right time.
In addition, it means to eat decent meals. Of course, I can control all of them by myself because I’m not a child. However, of course, my son is still a child and can’t even know the time, so I need to control his life.

A few months ago, he was morning person. However, now is not. A few days ago, he bitterly cried and refused to get up! I thought it was connected with the length of sleep at night because it was true that he went to bed around 9:30 or later. So, yesterday, I waken him up after he took a nap for one hour and let him go to bed earlier. However, he had difficulty getting up this morning…

I wonder how I can wake him up without any problems!? Anyway, the reason why he doesn’t want to get up may be related to the cold winter. Tomorrow morning, I will prepare the warmer room for him.
2013/11/28(木) 11:44:20 | Today's word | トラックバック:0 | コメント:2
~で困る:be in trouble with


Next year, my son will finally enter a kinder garden! It means that I will be free longer than now. I’m already dreaming of eating lunch with my friend who has also her son about my son’s age. I’ve never had enough time and relaxed with her because of our energetic boys. I think of course we deserve it since most of our free time has been taken from our son!

Anyway, I was a bit worried if I could secure a seat for my son in the kinder garden. I heard the rumor that I needed to go and wait to secure the seat before the time when they started accepting application forms. The time is at 8, but it was said that it would be necessary to come around 5 or 6 am because of the limited seating.
I really doubt it because nowadays Japan is in the trouble with a shortage of children! However, I asked the administrative staff there about the application number of the past few years just in case. She said “I can hear such a rumor every year. However, we haven’t turned down the applicants for more than a decade”. It was good news for me. So I decided to go there 10 to 15 minutes before on the day.

The day before the day, I went to a nearby park with my son. I met a mother who had also her son at the same age as my son. While we were talking, I found out that she chose the same kinder garden as mine. I asked what time she would go to apply and to my surprised, she said “I will be there at least at 6 o’clock”. That was surprising. I didn’t make any necessary arrangements to go out in such an early morning. I hurried to call my husband and asked him to take a time off the following day.

On the day, my husband was willing to go and wait. He seemed happy because he got an unexpected day off and a plenty of time to read books. He left home around 6 and it was unfortunately too dark to read a book…

Thanks to him, it paid off! When he arrived there, the ticket he got said “59”. This is 59 out of 70, which is the number of the limited seating. What if I hadn’t have met the mother….

He went through the application process and he came back home around eight thirty. I suggested him go to work, but he said that he deserved a day off because he did a great job even for a few hours.

So, we decided to go to a zoo to take advantage of this unexpected holiday.
2013/11/20(水) 11:47:17 | Today's word | トラックバック:0 | コメント:0
バランスを崩す:lose one's balance

A few days ago, it was really windy and almost everything seemed to be blown away.
My bicycle was propped next to the car,
so my husband put it away behind our car to prevent the bicycle from falling and hurting the car.
Our garage is so small that it could happen easily.

The following the day, I needed to move a car forward a bit and take my bicycle from behind the car.
When I moved my bicycle to the original place in a small garage,
I almost lost my balance and bicycle hit the car.
Then I thought “Oops! If I damage the car, it will cost a lot. I have to be careful!!”

I managed to put it back in the original place without any trouble.
What I needed to do was simply move the car back to the original place.
It must have been easy, but I heard unexpected sound when I backed up.

The car hit the stairs which lead to the front door of the house…
Obviously the deep scar was left on the side of the car. I felt really disappointed… I would be more disappointed when I think I would need to use bicycle to take my son to day car in cold morning while the car is under repair…
2013/11/12(火) 14:35:30 | Today's word | トラックバック:0 | コメント:0
~を犠牲にしても:at the expense of


Last night, I watched TV program that featured a company which contributed to help people in need all over the world. The company invented a kind of powder to purify contaminated water and used it to help people’s lives.

The program broadcasted not only how the company struggled and contributed in poor condition but also how bad people’s life was in some countries.

One of the poorest countries it featured was Somalia. There has been internal war for a long time and citizens moved to different safer place to flee the war. A 38 year old woman has six children and said “It took 5 days to arrive here on foot. My husband was sick and I had no choice but leaving him. So I have to take care of my children by myself.” without any smiles, of course. There seem to be no dream and even no hope there. I even couldn’t imagine if I were her. I don’t know what I would talk about with six children despite the fact that there is no dream around us and I don’t know if I would be able to raise and protect six children at the expense of my life if I were here. However, she is trying to overcome and life together. I feel like I am really silly because I am sometimes complaining about my life even in Japan.

A lot of people are struggling with a bleak prospect in harsh reality. They lead their life, using contaminated water from a river. The water is so dirty that the color of it looked different from what we are used to seeing. I almost looked away from the scene that children were collect water from the contaminated river and drinking without any hesitation.

I don’t know what I can do for them and I don’t think what I can do makes a big difference even though I would take a small step to do something for them. However, I don’t want to forget exist of poor people and I will try to appreciate what I’m given each time when I eat something.
2013/10/21(月) 15:13:52 | Today's word | トラックバック:0 | コメント:0