When I came to my host family in Sept. my host mother introduced me to her friend Mira, and I began teaching English to her. Mira and I had conversations about all kinds of things, and through this Mira also became my friend. During the middle of the semester, my sister's first baby was born, and I was to be the godmother. I decided to return to Los Angeles for the baptism, because being a godmother is really important in my family's culture.

I was only going to be gone for 5 days, but I had so many gifts to bring with me that my luggage got pretty unwieldy. From the train station I could do fine, no problem, because there are carts. But my host family lives quite far from the train station, and I had too much luggage to make it onto the bus. My host mother runs a small store located in front of the house, and I unfortunately packed at the last minute. When I found I had too much stuff for the bus, I didn't want to bother her while she was working. Instead I just called Mira and asked her if she would do me a big favor and drive me to the train station, since okaasan was working. Mira came by right away with the car.

But when Mira came, my host mother wouldn't let her drive me to the train station. Instead she closed the store for the time it took and drove me herself to the station. I felt pretty terrible about this, because I was trying not to inconvenience okaasan . But somehow I think I managed to inconvenience everybody. To this day I don't really understand why Mira couldn't drive me to the train station.

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