Messages from Big Island, Hawaii, in Japanese and English
I have been trying to catch up with what is going on in the American politics and also in the world.
That is a MUST for my work as an interpreter for politics and international relations.
Especially I have been watching news about Presidential elections on various media outlet. I hear people often say, “Historically, we have never seen like this before”.
Some political analysts said the other day, “In the past, we have never seen this kind of presidential election cycle where people hate the candidates of the other side so much like this time.”
It seems that everything seems to be unpredicted and things have not fit the same old pattern.
At first, I tried to eagerly keep watching the presidential debate, especially the one by the Republican Party.
However, as candidates became fierce and tried to beat up each other, I could not stand any more. The discussion got really lack of class.
I was wondering how people all over US and all over the world were feeling by watching all those things. I am sure many parents of American families tried to shut out the TV program from small children.
To refresh myself, I jumped out of the house for my break. Then, Tobby jumped out from bush or under our neighbor’s house.
The neighbor family really liked Tobby catching mice. As long as Tobby is watching their house, they do not have to be bothered by a mouse running around the house.
They praised Tobby saying, “He catches really big ones! Tobby does a good job!”
I think Tobby was proud of it.
My husband often said he is a cat who want to “show off”, and I totally agreed.
Tobby brings his accomplishments to his owner, who is very generous and feeds him well. He also gets a compliment, “Good job!”
One day, I was so busy on my work and was tired. Tobby came to me and asked for petting as usual. I started to pet him, but decided to tease him this time. I said to him in English (because he is an American cat)
“Hwoooooo, I am so busy. So much to do. Tobby, are you working too? Are you hunting mice? LoL LoL LoL “
Tobby was staring at my eyes.
Next morning, I went outside as usual and stepped down on the small stairs in front of the house.
Then, at my feet, I saw a dead mouse lying down!!!
It was a gift by Tobby.
That was the first time for Tobby to bring it to show me.
Since the morning, I became more careful what to tell him.
I have never been offered his gift since then.
- An interpreter and translator