What can I do for my home town?

I applied for a health center committee member in our town. The deadline for application was yesterday. They will send snail mail to all the applicants when they have finished the selection process.

I remember the word of my former fellow worker who told me at my retirement that “Tsuji san, you will not stay home without doing anything.” Maybe so, maybe not.

My raising kid’s term was over last year when the third son graduated from a 4-year university. So I could use my pension all for myself.

I decided to start a daily English blog last August. To write a blog, I have to check websites to think about what to write. I often check the online dictionaries to get proper English expressions since I know my English is getting poorer.

While checking websites randomly or rather following sites of my interest, I have learned a lot. Since I take care of a 98-year mom, I have to know what food, what lifestyle, what to do with her frail body, and what not.

I started kind of a trial farming of millet and sweet potato to survive the coming food shortage.

I bought soybeans and almonds to eat instead of rice, which an Internet site says should be the same as sugar, which consists of 100% carbohydrate.
Through this learning process, I thought I could work as a member of our town’s health committee when I knew the town was recruiting a volunteer.

I decided to attend meetings in the town. Last month, I asked the town mayor at the town meeting about the food shortage and the digital square for people.

I joined a bingo game at our district gathering last Saturday.

I visited a lunch meeting called “donguri” the next day or this Sunday. There were no male attendants there, only senior women who were chatting with some women serving coffee and lunch. I knew there might be no male attendant but I decided to go. There I met an interesting old man who knew a lot about Karaoke songs. He turned out to be a friend of my next-door neighbor. Later a member of the karaoke group for seniors, who usually sits next to me at the meeting, showed up. They said they go karaoke once every two week with their friend who lives next to my house. I told them I’d like to go to karaoke with them.

Now I feel I have started to be known here in my home town where I came back five years ago.

Last August, I decided to write a blog to let the world know what a Japanese retired school teacher sees and learns in his eyes and through his 40-plus years of working experience.

Now, the second stage has begun. There must be something I could do for this depopulating town before I go to Phuket Town in Thailand with my knowledge of the Thai language.