Donaldo Sensei You Should Get Married in March

It’s good to be teaching again. I had forgotten just how interesting teaching in a Japanese elementary school is. I had forgotten funny my little guys can be. We were having our standard, post-lunch cleaning session, listening to Carpenters over the PA system. I start sweeping the English room with some of the second graders. “Donarudo Sensei…ne…” one little girl came up to me and asked. “Kekkonshimasu ka?” (けっこんしますか; Are you married?) “Iie…itsuka, kekkonshimasu.” (No…someday I’ll get married). I thought that was going to be the end of it, but just as soon as I answered, two other kids came over and started asking more marriage questions. “How old are you?” another cute little girl asked. “I’m thirty-one.” “Ehh..” she replied “my parents got married in their twenties.

Another student (a boy this time) began to suggest dates that I should get married. He told me that March 14th was a good day to get married. How he came up with the exact date, I’m not really sure. I do remember hearing about the lucky and unlucky days being listed on the Japanese calendar (at my last teaching job with AEON). Why March, then? I just do not know. Yet another girl suggested that I get married next September. It was so amusing and so cute. I didn’t have the heart to tell them that I probably need to have a steady girlfriend first and that I didn’t want to rush into anything. It’s kind of hard to explain that to a young child in my native language the first place, let alone trying to explain it in Japanese.

I’m sure I’ll have another engaging, “follow-up counseling session” with my second graders tomorrow, heh, heh.

Geez, has it really come to this?!? I have to get marriage and relationship advice from kids that are nearly 25 years younger than me?!? LOL :)

So if you’re thinking about teaching public school in Japan, just be aware that kids are going to be severely curious about you. It doesn’t bother me at all, I really enjoy talking with the kids and trying understand everything they say (not totally successful on that one…not yet, anyway). Like when they say “ドナルド先生何歳ですか?”or “Donarudo Sensei, nansai desu ka?” (how old are you?). I usually tell them I’m one-hundred years old (百歳-hyakusai), just to see them act surprised and then call me “ojichan” (おじいちゃん / お祖父ちゃん or grandpa/old man). It’s the same in the U.S., too, though. Kids are just curious little people, trying to find out more about the world around them, and that’s cool, I figure most people have been that curious at some point in their lives.

It’s all good,

Donald Ash

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  • Blain Armstrong

    The most likely reason the little boy suggested March 14th for you to get married is because it’s White Day. I’m assuming you’ve heard of it. If not, shoot me an email and I’ll give you the scoop. Should make for a very interesting blog post in the future.

    • Donald Ash

      Gee whiz I’m slow sometimes. Thanks Blain! I actually did a post about White Day, and just completely forgot about it. I’m sure you could tell me more about it. It’d be cool to hear your thoughts. Great save desu! :)

  • Lazzaris

    My lucky day to get married was 24 December. LOL, I’ll never forget our aniversary… Even that I forget, anyway I’ll have a Christmas gift! lol
    A good deal ne?!

    • Donald Ash

      Maybe that’s best way to do it. You combine the wedding with holiday, and you never have to get in trouble for not remembering your anniversary or buying a gift. It’s the perfect deal!

  • Dasi

    You genuinely made me LOL. Love your site.

  • Nanami

    XD Donald-kun that is so cute. Kids are like that. :) My niece has been asking some interesting questions lately lol. But yae for a white day suggestion xD

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