life is too short
- 27 Feb 2003
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I'm a graphic artist from Canada... and NO we do not all live in igloos. I happen to have a very cute cottage style house that I rent. I don't say eh, I don't watch hockey and I don't drink beer. To top it all off, I am a French Canadian that can't hold a conversation in French. Well that just about sums up my Canadian heritage. I may seem like I am an anti-Canadian, but I really wouldn't live anywhere else.
I started to penpals from Japan when I was fourteen. (So long ago! I'm now 30!!! ouch!!!) I had over 17 that I was writing to, but eventually people moved away and I went to college and lost contact with all but one. I'm still in contact with Junko, I was very fortunate to have met her. Such a sweet and kind woman. I met her once when I was 15, she came to stay with my family for a month. It was great - nothing opens your eyes to the world like that. The language barrier was quite interesting - a lot of hand signs.
She has come to Canada a few times and we were able to see each other again just last summer. It was the most amazing thing, it's like we never lived in different countries - and she was an ace in English too. No more hand signs!
I have always had an interest in Japanese culture, I would like to learn Japanese and someday visit Junko in Japan. She's already started a busy agenda for us! I was so happy to find this website, it's nice to know that there are others who share the same enthusiasm as I do. Well, now that I've writen my book, I'll go back to checking out the AWESOME photo selection that this site has. Hats off to the group that pulls it all together.