Now more than four and a half years old, it’s hard to believe it’s been so long since she was a non-verbal baby. Now, she talks. She talks non-stop! It doesn’t matter if it’s in Japanese or English, she will continually talk until everyone is hoping she’ll be quiet for a few minutes.
The rate at which she’s acquired English is amazing. She’s become conversational in English, although her grammar is still odd. That’ll sort itself out over the next year, I think. She still lacks vocabulary, but she’ll learn quickly. School starts in September for her, so she’ll have a great opportunity to speak more.
But there’s something I’ve noticed this week. She can negotiate. She’s a bit manipulative. She’s stubborn. And she is very strong-willed. She wanted something to eat, and she asked for three of something (I don’t remember what!). But that was too much. We said just one. She settled on two, and we said okay. And tonight, while going to sleep, she was being so incredibly cute, I would’ve loved to have had the conversation on camera. She wanted to hold our hands, then she wanted my wife and I to hold hands. She said she loves us, and we’re her best friends. She was very happy to have us cuddling with her. She was happy to just be with us.
We’re doing something right. She’s actually quite generous. She’ll ask for some gummies, candy, or something else, and she’ll give everyone a piece. She likes to share. But she can be bull-headed and refuse to do things when we ask. I always have to talk to her about not listening to us, and she always apologises. Have to be stern with her sometimes. But in the end, she’s happy.
She’s my best friend.
We shouldn’t rely on other people to make us happy. We need to make ourselves happy. There are some things that only you can do for yourself. So, I’m going to be extremely selfish right now. These are some things I want to do
- Self-publish novels that will hopefully become popular.
- Become popular on YouTube so I can make money off of them.
- Play in a golf tournament and do well.
- Build or buy a house that has one room that is entirely my own room to design how I want it.
- Have a gaming computer so I can play things like No Man’s Sky.
- Have a home theatre so I can watch any movie on a big screen.
- Have an indoor swimming pool.
- Travel to as many countries in the world as I want.
- Have a second home in Japan.
- Have a nice car and take road trips around North America.
- Be able to work at home (hint: become a best-selling author and popular on YouTube).
- Have a beautiful view from my home.
- Go birdwatching.
- Get a second university degree: Geology with a minor in palaeontology.
- Climb mountains and go hiking in the mountains.
- Travel around Europe by train.
- Tell Donald Trump in person that he’s an idiot (this is just something that would feel satisfying).
- Have my Ariadne series of books turned into an MMORPG with the entire world rendered into a realistic 3D environment that’s played with a virtual reality system.
Told you it would be selfish. Anyone else feel the same? What do you want to do? Let me know in the comments below.
Today, while my wife was writing an English assessment test, I walked around downtown Edmonton for a while, and I found myself in a Coles bookstore. I made my way to the science fiction and fantasy section, as I always do in a bookstore. I didn’t want to leave.
It’s been so long since I’ve been able to look around in a bookstore in Canada. What I found was a huge selection of books larger than I have seen in a very long time. There were so many books! The feeling I felt was indescribable. I wanted to look at each individual book, but my time was short. I felt a sense of calm and a very strong desire to read.
How do you feel when you’re in a bookstore? Which section attracts you?