Jul 2, 2018
The other day, my husband had the day off and I only had one lesson just before lunch. As I left my overworked and exhausted husband, who sat unshaved and unshowered in the living room playing on his phone, I could conceive of only two possible outcomes. Either he would be ready to go out to lunch as planned when I returned around 12:15, or he would still be there playing around and I would be forced to either make something or go back out and grab bento from the grocery store. Being that we live walking distance from a fantastic little pizza place, my hope was that he would at least be in the shower by the time I got back if not completely ready, but only time would tell.
The class went well and I was surprised to see a text from husband on my phone as I left the class, asking for clarification on my current location. I do teach private lessons in a number of places around town, so it isn't so rare to get the locations mixed up, even for me. As I was typing my response, my phone started ringing. I answered to hear my husband say, "Turn around!"
I turned. Behind me was the building I had just taught in. He was not there. I started peering down the each both sides of the main road in front of me. "Are you wearing shorts?" I asked, waving at a distant, slightly blurry figure.
"Umm. No. No, I'm waving at you...." he said.
I stopped waving at distant shorts-guy and started looking around more, but couldn't see anyone coming at me or waving.
"Or wait...oh god. Maybe that's a curvy Japanese woman. AM I WAVING AT A CURVY JAPANESE WOMAN?!" my husband said, the blind terror of potential embarrassment taking control of his voice.
With a great deal of hearty laughter, I finally found him, coming from the opposite direction that shorts-guy had been, just beyond my field of vision. Together, we walked to the pizza place and enjoyed a wonderful little lunch as immensely as any meal we've ever eaten together. This was the special dessert of the day: a ricotta tart. It was so wonderful I actually literally considered whether or not this had been just a really lovely dream. Luckily, I didn't have to wake up.
A working mom/writer/teacher, Jessica explores her surroundings in Miyagi-ken and Tohoku, enjoying the fun, quirky, and family friendly options the area has to offer.