The Big Help, Tazu
Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, everyone! This is Nattsu from Nijiiro Crayons. Today I’m here to tell you about the Asahi Power Device event we held last Saturday.
This month’s event was actually pretty quiet since most of the children who usually attend have moved out. It’s been two years since we started this monthly event, and nearly all the volunteers who joined us for the first event still come out to help us. The volunteers come from different areas and from various occupations, but all look forward to participating in our monthly event. The children who have come to know them over these years also look forward to their visit.
Since most of the volunteers who come to help out are regulars to our event, they were a bit sad that the kids that they’ve come to know have moved and won’t be participating anymore. However, the volunteers are also happy knowing the children are moving on to a new chapter in their life. They hope that the kids are doing well in their new homes and hope to see them again sometime.
Today, since there weren’t so many children in attendance, we enjoyed having tea with the local residents. These people usually have many opportunities to interact with kids, so it was a nice change of pace to enjoy a more relaxed moment of tea and knitting, having a chance to be able to actually speak with them outside of the usual brief greetings.
Micchan’s knitting machine was very useful here again. (See the previous blog entries for details about the knitting machine.)
The residents let us know that they enjoyed the comparatively relaxed event day. And that yes, it’s good to have a relaxed, easy-going time now and then. The volunteers who came to this month’s event have been with us a long time and we have all come to know each other pretty well, which is why I think we could enjoy such a relaxed time together. I think it would be nice for the people here if they could enjoy more visits like this, with people they can enjoy a relaxed time with.
Would you like to join us? We always welcome new volunteers. I know. It was a little bit cheeky to call for help. ☺ This is it for today’s report.
Written by Nijiiro Crayons on 5/17/2016.
Translated by Mika Riedel and Meredith Lescoe.