this past week I was able to take a mini break to head up to Niigata and spend some time with the two people dearest in my life – my wife and son. It’s hard to explain just what it feels like to hold your child in your arms and see them sleep (and even cry). Bathing him was probably the most scariest and most enjoyable time of the day but regardless of what he did it just felt good to have him around. It was nice to know that the office and my part-time teachers could handle things while I was away. I kept in touch with my staff through email daily to advise and offer my assistance if it were needed but things went off without a hitch. Now it’s back to work as usual but it’s nice to be able to share this part of my life with my students as they’re very a part of my life.