Returning 帰って

The aftermath of March is April, and it has been uncannily similar to what life would have been like had I never made plans to go to Japan. I’ve been swamped in starting an accelerated class to make up a little bit of this semester. I was rather on the fence about it, on the one hand really wanting time to sort things out, and on the other hand, this semester needed to be made up if I was going to graduate on time, and this specific (Japanese History) class wasn’t going to be offered again before my graduation. I felt several people urging me at the time to take the class, and in the end that’s what I did, and while I’ve certainly enjoyed the class, I have to admit that I’ve wondered if it was what I should’ve done. Either way, I find myself back at GMU, dealing with schoolwork, and walking through a campus lit by the light of spring trees of living green. Every conversation I have leaves me feeling a little bit less of a ghost, and a little bit more reconnected to a place I used to know so well. I look at the pink flowers and realize that they are here, not just there. and I find to my surprise that, whether if I wanted to or not, I’ve returned to northern Virginia much quicker than I thought I would.


About Stephen Gabriel Falke

Stephen Gabriel Falke is passionate about loving Jesus and loving Japanese! He grew up in Virginia, America, and first visited Japan in 2007. He then studied abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo for a year in 2012. He also participated in the JET Program as an ALT from 2015-2017. He currently works as an English teacher at Hirosaki Gakuin Seiai Secondary School in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan.
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