The night was foggy as I rode home tonight, and there was just a bit of rainmist. Not enough to put up an umbrella, in fact, I doubt an umbrella would have done much good. It felt as though the fog was precipitating on my skin, little pricks of water. It made my glasses blurry, but I really enjoyed the ride. The weather is milder now, although it's early for spring. I can ride without my gloves.
I went to see a friend-acquaintance perform tonight. She played the piano with another woman (4 hands, one piano). At the concert hall, I went down in the elevator with a woman, and we started talking. She was quite friendly, and we had to wait before entering the hall (the concert was in progress), so we chatted. We ended up sitting together and going for coffee afterwards. It was a good conversation. It makes me kind of sad that I'm going home and probably won't see her again. We did exchange information though, so who knows?
Lately there have been many little incidences that are reminding me why I like Japan. I went for an hour long bike ride yesterday, almost all the way to one of my schools. I really enjoy riding through the rice fields. I took two pictures; of the rice fields on one side, and a factory on the other side of the river from the same location. Part of me wonders why I couldn't enjoy things like this 9 months ago. I know the answer to that though. Part is the security of knowing I'm going to be home and back with my chosen family soon. The other part is that I needed to get turned inside out with that relationship in order to become willing to work my program again. And man, does that make a difference. I'm so, so grateful that I can have this time and enjoy it.