In one week, Renae, Simon, and I will be making our way to the “Land of the Rising Sun” for a three-week vacation. We’ll be splitting our time between Shizuoka, Kyoto, and Tokyo and while we’re very excited to experience another land and culture, we’re also excited to reunite with some familiar faces — our dear friends and former neighbors Bryan, Jamie, and Jones; Chris and Molly; and Paul Nethercott (with whom I spoke at Cornerstone several years ago).
They’re all serving in Japan as missionaries, and we’re looking forward to hanging out with them, seeing their ministries in action, bringing them goodies from the States, etc.
We’ve been planning this for a year, more or less, and now is the perfect time to do something like this. Admittedly, when I look at everything going on today, especially the snafu that is the economy, I wonder if it’s wise and prudent to embark on this adventure. It seems so… frivolous. But then I realize that we either go now, or we wait 20+ years until Simon has left the nest, along with any other Moreheads that might have come into the picture by then.
In all honesty, the only real downside to our Japan trip is that we’ll miss Battlestar Galactica’s final episode. However, I think a visit to the Ghibli Museum will more than make up for having to wait a few weeks to learn the final fate of Adama, Roslin, et al. And besides, that’s what DVRs are for.