Yesterday I had to go into the yochien, first we watched the kids do their exercises which finishes with them having to run laps of the yard, even the sensei join in! Then we had to go and clean the hall an prepare it for the graduation ceremony on Saturday. Once that was done we went o the class and had a final meeting. Sensei talked about how much she loved the class and started crying then each mom does their bit, about half of them teary eyed. I was last and just said a couple of sentences, one of the moms who speaks a bit of English translated, I really don't enjoy such things, I don't like public speaking in my native tongue, I am really not up for doing it in another language (badly I may add). The same day last year was just 3 days after the quake, I doubt anyone had slept much, the ground was still shaking and everyone was a sobbing mess so at least this time it was a bit better.
After that we had a bento and then the kids had to practice for the graduation, I thought we would be all finished by 1pm but ohhh noooo much faffing ensued! I seriously had to bit my tongue at one point, one of the moms was explaining something then C-chan's mom said to L-chans mom 'Are you going to explain to the gaijin'? The GAIJIN, she knows my name, I was sooo close to saying something or slapping her *grin* but in the end decided to ignore it. For those who don't speak Japanese, gaijin means foreigner but the proper term is gaikogujin and if she was going to address me as the foreigner then she should at least use the proper term but even so she knows my bloody name.
OK, back to the story, earlier in the day one of the boys moms asked if Ebi-kun and I wanted to go and play for a while after yochien at their house. I was a bit worried about the dog, I didn't know what he would be like left by himself but then Ebi-kun would have been really upset if I said no, so I explained about the dog situation and compromised with a short playdate.
When we got back the dog was really excited to see us, he had left several 'deposits' but had got them on the toilet sheet so that was ok, we took him for a walk and everything seemed fine. Few hours later, I go upstairs to take Ebi-kun to bed and discover that the spare room had been trashed! I had moved all the extra chocolate/little houses/eco bags up there and a certain little four legged friend had got in somehow and helped himself to some of the chocolate. He had ripped open a few of the bars but I couldn't tell how much he had eaten, he had also scoffed some hard candies that were in a swap pack I had left on the sofa. All in all there wasn't much damage done just a big mess, when I came downstairs with the rubbish, he took one look at me and sulked off to his bed, so he knew he had been naughty.
I posted about it on FB and then I find out that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, so I get on google and worry myself sick that the dog is going to die on me! Oh yes and we have a big earthquake in the middle of this drama. Anyway, he appears to be fine, I put extra sheets down over night but they were all clean in the morning, his did do a couple of chocolate coloured number two's with bits of silver paper in them this morning on his walk!
Tomorrow I am taking him to meet his new owner, I will be a little sad to see him go, he is such a sweet dog but I won't miss all the extra hassle and worry. I think we will stick to kabutomushi in the future.