処暑・Shosho


summer semi

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

We are in 処暑・しょしょ・Shosho which means
we are in a time of limited or manageable heat. It signals a turn in the weather, mostly toward wind and rain. I’m sure that includes typhoon. It is the season for that.

In walking around my yard this morning the semi were fortissimo. Is this their last hurrah? I’ve been looking for them, but have only seen their remnants on the trees this summer. I love their sounds and will yearn for them all year until I hear them next summer.

I’ve been thinking and re-thinking my small teaching job this year. It’s a small one, has little impact on any except a tiny, “odd” (nerds, geeks) community in the school.  They have their place too and need a class where they can find connection. Some make them in my room and remain fast friends all the way into college. However, each year, the “invisible” administration (county) seem to find ways to subtly encroach on my so-called domain and do something that discourages me. Yet, my school continues to host and affirm that I’m an important part of the school community and every year there is some little something that tears away at that. This year, yet again, after a smooth entry to a new year, something unexpected and new happened that made me realize how fragile the whole thing is. It frustrated and angered me (again!). Friday I took a 4 mile walk around Shelley just to calm myself. I did things I love to do, caught up on Atsuhime (my historical drama), watched Hitomi (my current asa-dora/soap opera), did housework (cleaning and organizing is so good for the soul!) then wound up one evening with a hysterical movie (Son of Ranbow). I did everything but anything creative, which is probably the thing to do ultimately. I’ll get past it, I always do, but this time, I’ve got to take a deep breath and talk to my department chairman. I won’t quit in the course of this year, but there are issues that need addressing. I’m feeling the restlessness of Shosho.

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One Response to “処暑・Shosho”

  1. whereishenow Says:

    i really need to take notes as I read your blog because I learn so much. So much I know from living here and so much I don’t know because I haven’t actually studied the language or the culture. thank you!!!

    and good luck with whatever is going on at school. I grew up in a small town school with many a failed levy and many many program cuts. The only second language was spanish… the arts and nerdy clubs of course were dominated by football and basketball. Hang in there….

    My kids enjoy seeing Jero on the t.v. , he came to nagasaki to the summer festa and we saw him on t.v.

    by the way it is cooler than it should be here and the heat is very very manageable….. and yes, I guess the semi are gone although I find their shells here and there… now the grasshoppers are eating my basil….

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