Ten o’clock couldn’t come quick enough today. My dad showed up with a truck full of boxes. These boxes have been in his storage shed for two years now. They were all the items I sent from Vietnam.
The treasures I unwrapped were a good reminder of how significant those 8 years abroad were to me and to shaping my life. Good to hold on to that and not loose sight of what those experiences mean to me. I feel fortunate to have traveled so much, to have lived in foreign countries, and want to keep those life lessons close at heart.
These items were cause for lots of smiles and even a few tears. I do miss Japan and all of my dear students and friends. I even miss the noise and motorbikes in Hanoi. Here’s a little show and tell of what I unwrapped today…what was responsible for a flurry of memories and awesome adventures remembered.
This is what the people of Laos call a love panel. While it is supposed to be hung over the bed, I think I am going to hang it in the entryway.
Can you guess what this one is? I’ll give you a hint. I climbed to the top in 2003. So if you guessed it’s a piece of Mt. Fuji, you would be correct. The jar I kept it in broke, but I have found another container to keep this in. I’m just glad the rock didn’t crumble in the move. Whew!
I have no idea how I am going to display these, or even if I can find the space for all of them, but these are the fans I collected in Japan. Some are antique, bought at a temple sale, some were gifts, others I bought on my own, a few are from the 100 yen store and you can see one was made by one of my students (which says “Shanna Sensei”).
I’m not sure if Aria is helping all that much, but she seemed eager to open the boxes too!
And here are my dishes, most of which I bought in Hanoi at UMA, which was owned by the previous president (I think) of IKEA. I love the cheerful colors. Plan to keep it multi-colored in the kitchen!
And that’s it! Hope you enjoyed unpacking with me!