Reverse Culture Shock

Reverse Culture Shock

My daddy is learning to like people again.

Learning to like people is something he wants to do as a result of a Bible study he is in with his friends. They were reading What’s so Amazing about Grace.

It’s also a good thing to like people.

Daddy is American. He thinks he needs to learn to like people here in America again because they are so different than what he remembers. He might still be going through reverse culture shock.

In Japan, everybody always uses their turn signal when driving. It might be part of the ‘polite society’ reputation the Japanese have.

In America, daddy says, nobody has any idea what that lever on the left side of their steering column is for. Policemen don’t even know … says daddy.

But, believe it or not, today daddy said he saw a woman sitting at a stop light in front of him and she had her turn signal on.

“Wow! A turn signal! I can’t believe it. This woman in front of me has her RIGHT turn signal on.”

The light changed …

And she turned LEFT. All the while her right turn signal continued to flash.

That must be why some, most? people in America don’t use their turn signals They haven’t learned their left from their right.

Another person in need of some amazing grace.



Do Dad’s help breastfeeding moms.

Posted October 4th, 2015 by Mia's Daddy

Most expectant fathers know that breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby. Breast milk contains the perfect blend of nutrients, and

Breast feeding.

Breast feeding.

breastfed babies enjoy a host of benefits — from a reduced risk for obesity and allergies to increased intelligence.

Plus, breastfeeding is free, requires no preparation or cleanup, and is a great way for a mother to bond with her baby. And breastfed babies’ poop smells a lot better than the stuff produced by formula-fed babies.

Even so, a lot of new fathers find their feelings about breastfeeding change after the baby comes. It’s not that dads don’t support breastfeeding and its benefits — it’s just that the whole experience makes them feel a little left out.

images (32)Coping with feelings of inadequacy,

“Breastfeeding continues the exclusive relationship the mother and infant experienced during pregnancy,” says Pamela Jordan, an associate professor in the Department of Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington. (Jordan is one of the few researchers to explore the effects of breastfeeding on men.) For dads of breastfed babies, it’s common to feel some or all of the following:

  •  Worry that you’ll have a harder time bonding and developing a relationship with your baby than your partner will
  • A sense of inadequacy, thinking that nothing you do for your child could ever compare to your partner’s contribution
  • Resentment of the baby who has physically “come between” you and your partner
  • Belief that because women breastfeed, they have knowledge and skills that automatically make them better parents.

Conclusion- Breast feeding is a act which comprises a mom and her child , but a dad has a active part to play for the growth and development of their baby . So all dads out there , instead of taking breastfeeding as a mother’s act try helping your partner cope up with the child birth and upbringing of your children together.

By cows who chew lilies

Posted October 4th, 2015 by Mia Mei

I think we are going to move.

I think my mommy and daddy want me to live by cows who chew lilies*.

I don’t get it either. I like my house… when I am there. I am in China now (where ever that is.)

Cow chewing lily

Mommy showed me a big blue ball with ugly brown and green places and little black spots on it. She said, “We are here. And daddy is there.”

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Ultrarunning and Life's Lessons

Ultrarunning and Life’s Lessons

Daddy is teaching me that growing up is a marathon not a sprint.

He used to be an ultrarunner. He said it was not only many years ago, it was many pounds ago.

He said he learned some really important lessons. And now he wants to teach me.

I am pretty sure he can teach me but I am not sure I can learn.

Winston Churchill said something like that, “I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.”

I laughed when daddy told me this nugget he remembers.

“If you can’t swim, you drown.”

Besides doing ultrarunning, daddy used to do triathlons, too.

In triathlons the athlete must swim, bike, then run.

Daddy says that the swimming part was the most boring. And even you train really hard and get faster it doesn’t make that much difference in the long run. But you still have to train to swim.

Because, if you can’t swim, you drown.

You can always peddle more slowly. You can always walk when you get tired of running.

But, if you can’t swim, you drown.

There are 3 things to do in a triathlon, not two. All of the basics in whatever you do must be at your service, not just 1 or 2 of them.

I guess this means if I have a job that requires me to be able to do 4 or 5 different things and I can only do 3 or 4 of them, then I am not the right person.

Hmm… I’d better take swimming lessons.