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Thanksgiving part 1

24 Nov

I want to write about Thanksgiving here in Japan.

This is going to have to be a two-part blog.

First, I want to talk about having Thanksgiving with my students. No, it wasn’t a massive meal of: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, or even cranberry sauce, it was curry.

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I had such a wonderful time spending Thanksgiving with my students.

Part 2 is about all of the American’s getting together for an EPIC Thanksgiving meal of 150 people! Stay tuned.


Potato Roast

6 Nov

Here in Japan, they have a fall festival at school. They roast sweet potatoes.


Here are some pictures to show you what we did.

Momiji Class lined up to watch the roasting.

Nara class lined up to watch the roasting.

Fuji class lined up to watch the roasting.

Getting the fire started. I thought that my glasses were going to melt off of my face.

The older kids throwing their potatoes into the fire.

Potatoes getting ready to roast. We covered these up with about 12 more layers of straw. It was insane.

Then after the potatoes were done, we had to dig them out of the fire. Here is my lovely friend and coworker, Carrie, holding up some of the potatoes.

Getting ready to eat my potato. Please observe how black my hands are as well. I even had gloves on.

Then after it was all finished, we had to water the fire. My friend Joshua, is doing just that.

This was a fun event and very Japanese. Just something to show what we do here in Japan for Fall.

I still miss carving pumpkins and all things pumpkin flavored as well.

My Mom said…

18 May

One thing that I love about my job is that I am still able to see the kids that I taught last year.

I see them in the hallway, going out for playtime and when they are leaving to go home.

I love getting to hug them. I love hearing them scream my name. I love acting like my arms are swords and fighting with my boys from last year.

Yesterday as they were leaving to go home, one of my girls from last year stopped me.

Julie had some questions for me.

Julie: Ms. Mallory do you teach High School?

Me: Yes, I do.

Julie: Wow. My mom was asking me to ask you.

Me: Yes. I have a lot of jobs. I teach Toddlers, I listen to EEE and I teach High School. Maybe if Mrs. Lauren is sick, I will teach your class.

Julie: Oh yay! My mom was looking at your picture on the poster.

Me: Oh yes, it is the same as last year.

Julie: My mom said that you were fat last year but you are not fat anymore.

Me: Oh thank you!

What a complement and an insult at the same time. O.0

Something to tuck into my memory: If you have an 8-year-old, be careful what you say about their teacher because they will most likely tell them.

Ms. Mal-low-lee!

11 May

Yes. This is my name….

well it is what my students call me anyway.

I have the most precious students ever. They make me laugh and say the funniest things ever. I love them.

The other day we were sitting in the corner reading a story. This is the following conversation…

Angie: Ms. Mal-low-lee why are your legs hairy?

Me: Because I am lazy and I haven’t shaved them in over a week.

Angie: It is ok. Mine are hairy too.

Me: Yes, but you are 7 years old. I am 23 years old.

Angie: Well your legs are more fun to pet. They are so soft.

Me: Well thank you.

During the entire story Angie is petting my leg.

I am glad that Angie likes my hairy legs. haha. Now she always requests to touch them if they are hairy.

Reason #394 why I like teaching.

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