Sunday, May 27, 2012
Some Old Friends
It's been a bit of a reunion week of sorts. Mrs. Perth and Mrs. Alp of my old student collective in Chiba, The Beehive, arrived in Toronto. And so, I was off to the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at Pearson to pick them up. Almost didn't make it due to a major subway snafu involving the suicide of a high school student at Castle Frank which had hundreds of commuters pouring out onto the streets trying to smash onto the hastily arranged shuttle buses or hailing taxis. I was lucky to have shared a cab with three others so that I could get to St. George Station where the trains were being turned back westbound.
But I did get there right on time, and Mrs. Tulip was there with her van to pick all of us up for a round of dim sum at a Mississauga restaurant called Summit Garden. It had been almost half a year since I last saw the group that I'd been teaching for 13 years, but it felt like yesterday when I saw them. Afterwards, Mrs. Tulip picked up some mussels at the local Costco to make up dinner for the ladies at her place. I spent a few hours there just to reminisce before I had to head on home.
We were joined by a young Japanese-speaking Korean lady who is buddies with another Korean who had been good pals with Mrs. Perth back when the latter had been living in Australia several years ago. Very engaging and talkative, and her Japanese was so fluent that I kinda crumpled up inside in terms of my pride.
I was the complete host and took them all the way to their hotel near Spadina Station. It will be a long while before I see any of the Beehive again, but hopefully either next year or the year after I may get a chance to visit Japan again.