There are many things here in this beautiful country of Japan that bring back memories for me. Sometimes before or after class, I like to go to Coms Gardens; it’s a two minute walk from Smith’s Eikaiwa Kyobashi. I like to go there and watch the airplanes as they fly low overhead. Seeing them reminds me of when I was a child in my original country of Barbados. My father used to take me to the airport to watch planes takeoff and land. I remember wondering at the time where the people on them came from or where they were going.
When I sit now in Coms Gardens, I still wonder who the people are and where they came from. But I also wonder if some of them are Japanese travelers returning home and whether or not they used English while they were abroad. Some of my long term students love traveling and use what they have learned in class on their trips…hmm, I wonder if they are on that plane.