With Ricky’s little brother due on November 2nd, October’s routine was very different for Family Tame. Whilst Ricky was born in our local hospital in Tokyo, for our second child, we’ve chosen to use a hospital near Satoko’s family home in Saitama. One of the reasons for that is that the hospital where Ricky was born doesn’t allow small children to visit. Another is that the hospital in Saitama has private rooms; because in Japan you usually stay in hospital for a week after your baby is born, having a private room makes for a much more relaxed time.
Whilst the baby isn’t due until November 2nd, we thought that he might be coming a bit early, so Satoko and Ricky came back to her family home in mid-October. Ricky’s routine here is quite different from usual: no nursery, but instead spending every day with his extended family, including 3 cousins. They’re a bit older than Ricky, and he’s been learning a lot from spending time with them.
He’s also been spending a lot of time with Grandpa, and sometimes helping him out in the garden. Today was one of those days: it was time for the annual persimmon harvest, and this year the persimmon tree in the back garden promised a bumper harvest!
Being just three years old Ricky isn’t quite old enough to be climbing the tree, but he still had a very important role: holding the net with which to catch the persimmons as they were clipped from the tree.
In the end, we harvested over 100! I (Joseph) love persimmon (they’re not so common in the UK), and will be sure to eat quite a lot, but we’ll also be sharing them with the neighbours.
Anyway, I’d better stop this blog here. It seems we may have a halloween baby on the way…