Friday, August 30, 2013

Kazu came to visit


Kazuko has been working at Moselito's home away from home for 12 years now.  She is one of it's strong pillars.  Her parents still ask when she will be coming back to Japan. They don't know that she has no such intention. 

Whenever she comes to visit with me she arrives after closing the day at the Maison E. community which is 9 in the evening.  Most of the times it's a spontaneous surprise visit. She is used to find me pyjama-clad and each time she sends me an e-mail the next day thanking me for my hospitality and apologizing for having kept me up till 2 in the morning. This time she even went so far as to reserve March 2 for a visit. On that occasion we will open the TV - she wants to watch the Oscars. I love her dearly.

Here she is showing me how to take a video with my camera.

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Unfortunately she was not around when I needed to be shown how to transfer the video into the blog.  It looks as if I managed. Hm, took me long enough!

17 comments:

Lucy said...

How lovely to see you, and in full motion! Hooray for Kazu!

Tom said...

Yes, the back view's good but the front view's smashing! I do so like to talk to people's faces.

Ellena said...

Lucy!
Thank you. I will show this to Kazu on her next visit. She'll be pleased.
Yes, exposing myself in PJs was less traumatising than exposing my thoughts in a comment to a post. One can harm me only whereas the other can harm both sides.
Tom!
For this sweet comment I offer you half a face for now.
Have not peeked at your blog as yet. Moselito is here. I need a calm moment.

Roderick Robinson said...

You are like one of London's red buses. One waits for ages (usually in the rain) and then three come along at the same time.

A friend who brings practical assistance (ie, K), now that's a treasure. Who cares about pyjamas and the lateness of the hour? Instruction is king; art and/or culture (my heart sinks at the thought of these frequently leaden abstractions) can be postponed to a period of meditation in the house's smallest room.

Don't forget to get in some booze for the Oscars. Preferably some wine which comes with a pleasurable geographical identity. You may not have driven over the rolling hills of Burgundy, for instance, but you can imagine them. And recite the names like a litany: Vosne-Romanée, Meursault, Montrachet (where you must miss out the first t).

Bus number 2. Sharing is an adult concept. Children often prefer to struggle for things. Adults throw up their hands and say the kids will grow up to be monsters. But most don't and later, when they're ready, they learn about sharing.

Bus number 3. That other thing that's on offer - for free - at the farmer's market: gossip. Often it's nonsense, very occasionally profound. But the distinction doesn't matter; one is entertained. And reassured: the chef's response was one of those rare profound moments. Does he wear a toque at the restaurant? If so he may be hard to recognise without it. Lost authority. My father-in-law was a chef.

Ellena said...

RR!
You came and left your maaaaaaaaark.
Bus No.1 - Montrachet like tout le monde.
Bus No.2 - and thanks to the God of Learning they also know what's not to be shared.
Bus No.3 - No toque. He retired - management changed - 5 Star Hotel down to 3 Stars.
Did I ever tell you that your comment writing appears as chamelonian to me because I also read comments you make on other blogs. Very considerate of you she says with a grin.

Roderick Robinson said...

Not having thought about it I didn't realise I took on protective colouring when sunning myself on a rock based in someone else's blog. Now, thanks to you, I have thought about it and I realise it's inevitable. After a time one gets to know other people and one's tone of voice adjusts automatically. Thank you for that kind and mildly complimentary observation.

Ellena said...

RR
I am glad you saw it for what it was.
Sometimes I want to be short and am misunderstood.
Silent t like in 'tout' le monde.

Rouchswalwe said...

Kazu先生 looks like she's having a lot of fun. And you've mastered not only the video but the posting of the video. 偉い! I'm throwing in a little Japanese for more fun!

So I see a ティー・ポット on the table, but no ビール. As the weather cools, it'll soon be time for 日本酒. And more videos!

Ellena said...

Rouchswalwe!
I have printed this comment. Can't wait for Kazu's next visit. Will take it to her for translation. Curious to find out what's missing on the table.

Rouchswalwe said...

{( BIG SMILE )}

Natalie d'Arbeloff said...

Ellena, so nice to meet you in almost-real life! You are beautiful and if you're wearing pyjamas, they're the most glamorous I've ever seen.
Bravo to Kazu for being a good friend and for showing you how to video. Now you can show us all sorts of things and create video artworks.

Ellena said...

Natalie!
Thank you for your sweet words. Yes, those pyjamas are miraculous!

Ellena said...

Rouchswalwe!
I should have guessed. If I serve Beer to Master Kazu, Sake to myself and Love to you, will you join the party?

Rouchswalwe said...

Hai! I'll be happy to join in the fun! Do you have a Saké set?

Rouchswalwe said...

Happy Hanukkah, dearest Ellena! I think of you so often.

Ellena said...

I think of you also, dear Rouchswalwe.
Read everything you write and wrote such as 'Third' and 'Blink of an Eye'and forgot the other. Are there more than three?

Rouchswalwe said...

There's another one coming soon in the next issue of StepAway Magazine! Thank you so much for reading my stories!