Family is What Matters Most (家族がこの世で一番大切)

This is a big topic. My family is and has always been very close, mentally and emotionally. Now we are physically close living right next to each other. After being away from my family for 30 years, having family is what I appreciate the most every single day.

これは大変大きなトピック。我ファミリー(家族)は今までいつも精神的、感情面では近く感じていたけれど、現在また隣同士で住むことになり、身体的に近くなった。ここ30年間海外生活をした後ということもあり、ファミリーの存在のありがたさを毎日改めて身にしみて感じる。

Niece Himeko with Maika (姪っ子ヒメ子と娘マイカ)

I appreciated family while I was away living in the US also. Without their support, life would not have been as meaningful. Now that I am here physically with them, the meaning it brings is indescribable. The joy and love that our twin toddlers brings to my parents, sister, nephews and niece bounces right back to me and fills me up like nothing else. This is what I was looking forward to experiencing when I decided to come home.

家族にはアメリカ在住の間もお世話になってたので大感謝はしていた。家族無しでは意味無しの人生だっただろうとまで思える。そしてこうして今、隣り合わせで暮らすことができ、一歳半の双子の子供が両親と妹家族にもたらす喜びは自分に跳ね返ってきて他には変えられないような生きる意味、エネルギーになる。これがまさに日本に帰省することを決断した時に一番楽しみにしていたことである。

We celebrated my sister’s becoming “independent” (妹の独立宣言祝い)

We have had family dinners like Thanksgiving 3 times already in the last two weeks since I have been home. Logistically, it is very easy as each family unit (myself, sister’s and parents’) make a few dishes each and can easily have 6-12 dishes on the table, which is a feast. Great time to finish up the leftovers too! We like to have drinks with our dinner and it is usually some combination of beer, wine, and chu-hai or vodka soda (lemon flavored). I would say the person who can hold their liquor the most is my 72 year old mother😅

ファミリーで集まって食べるサンクスギビング/感謝祭のようなパーティーをここ2週間でもう3回行った。論理的にも簡単、妹家族と両親が2-3ディッシュをそれぞれ作って自分も作るとあっという間に6-12種類の料理が揃い、ビュッフェスタイルのパーティー。残り物を片付けるのにもいいい。ドリンクも手持ちで大体十分なビール、ワインや酎ハイが揃う。家族の中で一番お酒に強いのはいつももう72歳になる母親😆

I feel so blessed to have such a happy, healthy and loving family to share life moments with.

自分は本当にこのハッピーで、健康で愛情たっぷりの家族が周りにいて、これからのいろんな思い出を一緒に作っていけることを心からありがたく思う。

3 thoughts on “Family is What Matters Most (家族がこの世で一番大切)

  1. Enjoy your beautiful babies and handsome hubby! Your lovely sister your beautiful mom and dad. Life is a journey enjoy each and every moment with your family..

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  2. You are blessed!
    Meals together with family is so important and beneficial.
    We were blessed to live next door to my parents and two blocks from my grandmother for ten years while raising our children.
    Wonderful memories were made.

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