"So, Tanya-san (he calls me by name) how are you?"
"Well, if you've visited my blog, you'd know I'm pretty fine and keeping busy."
"I don't look at it very often but some of my friends do. They thought it was hilarious when you wrote about me and the college Center test . They also liked seeing the pictures of me dressed in kimono when I was five."
So, to give Takumi's friends another laugh, I'm posting about some of the headaches Takumi has given us over the years.
When Takumi was in jr. high he was a handful. I think I told someone last week that I don't have a lot of patience with attitude issues in jr. high kids and my own son wore me thin. He was always thinking up things that could be borderline rebellious (like he tried taking a weight-lifting 20 lb. dumbbell on his school trip. Why?) When Takumi was in the second year of jr. high he decided to break a couple rules (like natural laws!) and try flying off of the second story of his school! The laws of nature prevailed and he landed on his head.
As I heard it, Takumi picked him off from between the school flower bed and the steps and profusely bleeding tried to convince the first teacher he ran into that he'd slipped in the hallway. He looked pretty bad so the school called me (I wasn't answering our phone because I was teaching) and then called Tetsu and told him they were taking Takumi to the hospital because he'd hurt his head. Talk about panic for Tetsu! He rushed to the hospital and there was Takumi with his face looking not unlike a mummy.
I can remember being so surprised when Tetsu walked into the house in the middle of the day looking very angry and in the next instant noticing mummified Takumi behind him! The ladies whom I was teaching quickly left. As I recall, Tetsu got angry at the hospital and we took Takumi back the next day because we realized that no one had taken any head X-rays .
"Your son is fine. It will cost you $90 to take an X-ray. Why bother?"
"TAKE THE DUMB X-RAY! The kid fell from the second floor onto his head!"
I guess the hospital was right because X-rays revealed no major damages and I think Takumi returned to school the next day. As I recall he wrote the principal a letter apologizing for the inconveniences he'd given the school and promising not to repeat such foolish behavior.
Takumi's rebellious issues continued in the home until his second year of high school when one day he cornered me in the kitchen and said,
"I just thought you'd like to know, my rebellious stage is over." and he gave me a hug.