Adoption · Japan · Life

Sick, work, and adoption…

I haven’t forgotten about you WordPress honestly.  I’d like to say I’ve been busy but I’ll save that for after next week.  Mostly, I’ve been trying to physically and mentally recover from whatever the fuck crawled up into my sinuses and decided to make me sound like a 65 year old smoker whenever I laugh as well as prevent me from sleeping.

On Monday I visited yet another doctor.  She looked at the medicine the previous doctor had given me and was all like, “This shit is weak!”  Pretty much yeah I already knew that and she gave me some stronger (different) medicine and said I probably had an allergy to Japanese grasses.  Great.  Thank you Japan.  Six years here and I’ve finally developed allergies.  Also, fuck you.

I’ve had a bit of a break from freelance work the past two weeks, but I’ve still been at Company H.  The weather has been bloody shit.  Hot and humid as fuck.  I don’t even wanna go outside ever.

In other news today Mamoru and I visited our local institution (aka children’s home).  I don’t think I can possibly put into words all the feelings I had while I was there.  First, our guide explained about the institution (background, history, etc.), she talked about the children who end up there, and finally she took us to the baby home where we got to see the workers feeding, changing, and putting some of the babies to bed.  My heart swelled with pain and sadness and a strong longing to help all these children.  However, our guide cautioned us many times that because we are in Japan and parental rights rank higher than children’s rights that many of the children we see we cannot adopt.  We saw their youngest baby (2 months old), some babies close to a year, and some 2 and 3 year olds who were eager to greet us.  The older insittutionalized children also were eager to talk to us.  One boy kept saying “Talk! Talk!” in Japanese.  It was too cute.  The children there were terribly cute.  I just couldn’t stand to see that.  Also, our guide told us they have individual apartments and the children live in little family units with a live in worker to learn how to live in a family setting.  I didn’t know that but I thought that was pretty amazing.

After we left I told Mamoru that I wanted to without a doubt adopt our first child from our local institution which is something I hadn’t thought before.  I had been of the mind that any baby would be okay, but spending just a short time in the institution today, made me feel like these children need us more than any others.

In other news my cousin’s pregnant, and Gurio came to karaoke yesterday and told me his wife is 8 months pregnant with their second child, so I’m super glad everyone is having their babies and we remain without.  However, I feel confident good things will happen for us soon.

I’m going to America in about two weeks!  I can’t believe it.  I’m so looking forward to seeing my niece and the rest of my family.  I’m also looking forward to buying cheap American clothes and getting my tattoo fixed.  It’s gonna be a lovely trip.

Promise to update you again soon!  Thanks for sticking around!  Be well.


3 thoughts on “Sick, work, and adoption…

  1. I’m not surprised that these kids aren’t “adoptable.” It’s like that everywhere. Kids in North America aren’t institutionalized, but yes, many – perhaps even most – foster kids are in the same situation. Is a foster system available in Japan, similar to a foster-to-adopt situation this side of the Pacific?


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