We are so lucky to have our friends from Japan here for a visit this week. It is a short one this time, but we’re happy for anything we can get with them.
If you know us or have read anything I’ve written about them before, you know that Kaoru is like another son to us. He was our little neighbor boy who started showing up at our house after his preschool, and would often stay until bedtime! At first I was “Gerrit Mom”, and we called him “The Boy”, but soon we were hanging out with his parents and have had a great friendship with them ever since.
Kaoru will be 17 in May, the day after Gerrit turns 16. Kaoru is just one of the brothers, and is cherished by all my boys. But even more importantly, both families are cherished by each family! It’s been 14 years, and we feel so blessed that they come to America to see us almost every year.
On Monday, Harrison had a piano lesson, so I took everyone with us and after the lesson Kaoru and Ms. Karen gave us a little concert. Kaoru has been playing the violin since he was 5 and was able to play, on Ms. Karen’s violin, some beautiful songs while she accompanied him. It was such a treat! I was so proud of him. I think Ms. Karen enjoyed it as well. 🙂
I will be putting a link to a video that Darren took of this soon.