Normally, I’m pretty happy doing the job that I do in the place that I do it in, but there are some days that really make me stop, pause and think, “If I were working for another company, in a different position, I couldn’t possibly have this much fun.”
The other day, I had the pleasure of teaching this high level student who has an incredibly fascinating imagination. He’s well known at Smith’s School of English, Kyobashi, and never fails to entertain others with his stories of intrigue while asking some very unusual questions. This past lesson we were using the ‘Let’s Talk’ lesson ‘Hometowns’ to discuss what he had done during the holidays. His fellow classmate had already happily shared stories of o-setchi and getting together with family for the New Year. But when it came to this rather creatively supercharged student’s turn, he stated with a straight face, “My hometown is Mars.” At that, his classmate took one look at him and nearly fell out of his chair with laughter. It took a while for things to calm down again and he still wouldn’t divulge his actual hometown. He has a really infectious and zany sense of humor. Neither I nor the other student had any desire to ruin what was turning into quite an adventurous tale.
According to this student, not only was his hometown Mars, but he and several others like him were also pharaohs on a special mission to oversee the evolution of the planet Earth. We continued to talk about hometowns, childhood memories, and what they liked best about their hometowns. When asked if they would prefer to live anywhere other than Osaka, both of them admitted that they loved Osaka very much and would probably never move. Even the pharaoh from Mars insisted that as much as he misses his intergalactic lifestyle, he still prefers living his life simply in Osaka.