In Search of Soul and Self

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“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” ~ Charlemagne

Note: Today’s blog is devoted to all beautiful soul building individuals in the family of man. The message below, in red and black, is a reminder that the fabric of the world’s population is so interesting due our diversity as individuals, woven together, living on one planet.

I am a very proud aunt! I have five nieces, and two nephews, not even including two more lovely nieces on my husband’s side of the family. There’s notto my neice a bad apple in the bunch of them; each has a unique personality and career choice so different than each of their cousins. All are in their twenties, except the youngest who will be off to college, in September, with ambitions of becoming a veterinarian specializing in horses.

0814329616In a few short days, one of my nieces will be going to Japan to teach English as a second language. Wisely, she has chosen to travel abroad for an extended period, now, while she is young, with few encumbrances. She will be working at a very reputable school, has an apartment arranged, and is up for the challenge. Her personality traits, I believe, are well suited to the task. She is very resourceful and a beautiful soul building individual.

According to an article published by Cornell University, there are many benefits of elevating the spirits and minds of children by teaching them a second language. To read the full article, please go to  http://bit.ly/VMI4WT

Not to put  pressure on her or anything, but, I hope she will  start a blog; she is a fantastic writer. I would love to see photos and learn, from this side of the world, about her experiences in the classroom, as well as more about Japanese art, history and other interesting cultural information that she encounters. 

I love and will miss  my dear niece, and I hope it will not be too long before I see her again. But,  I know it will be a fulfilling experience. She’ll grow, as a person, as a result of sharing her talents with children abroad.

 “Ki wo tsuketekudasai”! 

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2 thoughts on “In Search of Soul and Self

  1. Hi Sue,

    My son did the same thing in his twenties. When he left, I told him not to go over there, fall in love with a Japanese woman and stay there the rest of his life. I forgot to say, “Don’t go over there, become fluent in Japanese, get hired by a Japanese company and stay over there the rest of your life.” He did both!!! He lived in Japan for 16 years and now splits his time between CA and Tokyo. Their children are fluent in both languages and (as an international traveler) my son’s perspective of the world is so interesting and different from those of us who live here only. I know your niece will love it. Tell her to send any questions via me to my son for suggestions on travel within the country, learning her way around, etc. I’ve been there six times and the culture is amazing.

    Mary

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