I only meant to be here for 2 years.
Now, I count 9 of my fingers, one for each year I’ve been teaching here in Tokyo.
I need 3 toes, too, one for each year I taught in Nagoya.
My remaining 7 toes equal the years between Nagoya and Tokyo, when I pretended I wasn’t interested in teaching.
My tenth finger is for the one month I now have left in Japan.
I don’t have nearly enough fingers and toes to count all the amazing loving wonderful students, families, teachers, and friends who have supported me and welcomed me into their lives over the past 9 years.
Thank you thank you thank you!
Whoooeee, okay, I need a big blueberry muffin and an even bigger hug now.