Thursday, January 28, 2010

Monopoly Of My Life

If my life were a game of Monoply the last card I drew would have said "Your wife becomes a drug addict. Give her all your money and return to Old Kent Road and stay there."

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I Am Tiny I Am a Giant

It is strange how being in an immense Tokyo crowd or alone on an isolated beach in Western Australia both give me a sense of my minuteness in time and space and yet also my enormity in the worlds of my children. I can not simply disappear into the crowds or the sands.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Honourable Japan

I recently returned from a trip to Japan. There are many great things to say about Japan but I think the greatest thing is the culture. The people of Japan are so good and honourable and respectful. Although the cities are endless masses of concrete with enormous populations and we sometimes walked late at night from train stations in long underground walkways, I never once felt the slightest concern for our safety. Big city does not equal dangerous city.

My 8 year old daughter beautifully described the masses of people descending the stairs of a train station as an "avalanche of people". The greater metropolitan area of Tokyo has a larger population than the whole of Australia!