My nephew, Sammy, is leaving for Japan in January to go on his mission. How exciting for him. He has taken Japanese in high school and now he will have a chance to use it. I know someone who lives there and I wonder if he will have time to look her up for me. I really would like to reconnect. Do the Japanese use Facebook?? Hmmmm.
While Sammy is going on his mission, we are not Mormon as you might be thinking. We are Catholic. Sammy is my brother's child, Richard, who is a Catholic turned Mormon. I have always admired those who convert to something. They are so much more serious about whatever they convert to than those of us who just happen to be born into something. Cradle Catholics we are called. I am a believer in God. I like the spirituality of it and I like the continuity and community that religion offers us. I believe that religion is personal and I don't judge those who don't feel as I do. After all, none of us really knows what is beyond our existence here today. I also think real spirituality is all about loving others and kindness. I an not one of those religious zealot, I hope. But off topic I go, I do admire Richard and his commitment. He found these people and found something that connected him. Good for him to be true to himself.
Back to Sammy. He is a miracle as far as I am concerned. He was in an accident in 1996 when he was four years old. That accident killed my parents and my sister-in-law, Cindy. Sammy walked away with a scratch on his nose. I credit this miracle to car seats. When Cindy got off the plane from Iowa, she and Sammy came to us to stay before going to Fresno with my parents. At that time car seats were not the law for children over 4 years old. I had a toddler seat that I had left over from when my children were toddlers and I insisted Sammy use it. It was even missing a screw, yet he lived. A miracle. I really love him. I never get to see him. We live so far apart and he probably has no clue how loved he is here. I will miss him so far away, but I am happy for him as this is what he wants.
Best of luck in Japan Sammy. Our prayers for the next two years away go with you.