Once again we opened our home to guests from Japan this week. Long-time readers may recall when we hosted Kayoko and Anna in summers past through the Ohio 4-H Program. Hosting international guests has so many benefits that of course we said yes when asked by daughters of our friend Naoko if they could stay with us for a few days.
I was pregnant with Lil when we hosted Naoko in 2005. She mothered me through a hot summer, creating a special bond between us. We met her daughters Maiko and Yuiko on our trip to Japan in 2007 and welcomed the chance to house them for a few nights this weekend during their short spring break vacation to Ohio.
Maiko and Yuiko arrived on Thursday evening after a lengthy wait on stand-by in the Chicago airport. On Friday, we drove North out of Columbus to see Amish and visit with the animals at Six Buckets Farm. We came home for dinner with friends which featured venison sausage and pie that Maiko helped cook.
On Saturday, the girls shopped the Worthington Farmers’ Market and Mall. We visited my father-in-law’s studio and City Folk’s Farm Shop before Maiko and Yuiko made us ramen for dinner.
We saw Maiko and Yuiko off to another friends’ home on Sunday. Their visit was short and we couldn’t show them everything we wanted to, but that’s OK. We’re building a relationship sure to last a lifetime with more visits over the years.
It’s that time of year when Ohio 4-H is looking for host families again for July 24-August 19, 2013. You don’t need to be a 4-Her or have any special plans this summer – the children coming here want to see real life in a family with a 10-15 year old host sibling. If that’s you, please read the Ohio 4-H International Program website to fill out an application or contact me for more information.