Ikebana 3/14/2018

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I had composed this arrangement of Spiraea Thunbergii (ユキヤナギ), Carnation (カーネーション), and Nephrolepis Cordifolia (タマシダ).

I enjoyed arranging flowers after a long time.


When I stayed with my parents last month, my father wanted to drink some alcohol, Japanese sake, for dinner. When he was younger, he used to drink a glass of sake almost every night. He likes it, but he always used to drink a moderate amount of sake.

Since my father was taken to a hospital lately, I didn't want to give him alcohol very much. So, I gave him a very little of sake, only 1 cm depth of it in a glass.
When I came back to the dining table from the kitchen soon, there was a sake bottle on the table. So, because he has dementia and forgets things soon, I told a lie to him "You've already drunk no less than three glasses of sake. So, you should stop drinking any more."
He then said angrily, "I haven't drunk that much as you said!"

While we were having dinner, my mother and I warned my father about a few things. Suddenly, he got angry and left the room in the middle of the dinner. I was very surprised at him because he had never behaved like this before. He hardly gets angry. I had thought that he would also forget his anger soon.

However, his anger lasted longer. He was sitting in the next room for about half an hour. He then put on his two hats (we didn't know why) and had a cane, and left home! It was after eight at night. I soon followed him from a little distance.

It was very windy. After a while he was walking, his upper hat was blown off, and went across the busy street, and went to the park. Since my father couldn't run, he gave up following it. Instead of him, I followed it, but at the same time, I watched him cossing the street safely. Maybe, he didn't notice that I was following him.

He kept walking with his cane. He sometimes hit the ground with it as he expressed his anger. I gradually got afraid that he would go too far and we couldn't get home. I stopped him and I apologized to him. I asked him to go home together.

We then got home, but he wouldn't take off his shoes and was sitting at the entrance for a while. Actrually, he didn't get angry with me, but himself. He hit his head with his cane many times, and he said, "I am not worth living!".
I really felt sorry for him and I was about to cry.

I had texted my brother what happened to my father before I left home. He also worried about my father. After we got home, he called my father. So, he finally took off his shoes and went into the living room to talk with my brother on the phone. I didn't know what they talked, but after that, my father got calm and he started to eat dinner again.

My brother told me on the phone that we should let my father drink alcohol as he wants. It will be Okay because he never drinks too much. Once he lives in a nursing home, he'll never be able to drink alcohol again. He also told me that it's not good to deal with him like a child, and we should respect him.
I agreed with him, and I thought that I never wanted to send my father there.

It was a long night. I cried in my bed alone.




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Original Article:

I had composed this arrangement of Spiraea Thunbergii (ユキヤナギ), Carnation (カーネーション), and Nephrolepis Cordifolia (タマシダ).

I enjoyed arranging flowers after a long time.


When I stayed with my parents last month, my father wanted to drink some alcohol, Japanese sake, for dinner. When he was younger, he used to drink a glass of sake almost every night. He likes it, but he always used to drink a moderate amount of sake.

Since my father was taken to a hospital lately, I didn't want to give him alcohol very much. So, I gave him a very little of sake, only 1 cm depth of it in a glass.
When I came back to the dining table from the kitchen soon, there was a sake bottle on the table. So, because he has dementia and forgets things soon, I told a lie to him "You've already drunk no less than three glasses of sake. So, you should stop drinking any more."
He then said angrily, "I haven't drunk that much as you said!"

While we were having dinner, my mother and I warned my father about a few things. Suddenly, he got angry and left the room in the middle of the dinner. I was very surprised at him because he had never behaved like this before. He hardly gets angry. I had thought that he would also forget his anger soon.

However, his anger lasted longer. He was sitting in the next room for about half an hour. He then put on his two hats (we didn't know why) and had a cane, and left home! It was after eight at night. I soon followed him from a little distance.

It was very windy. After a while he was walking, his upper hat was blown off, and went across the busy street, and went to the park. Since my father couldn't run, he gave up following it. Instead of him, I followed it, but at the same time, I watched him cossing the street safely. Maybe, he didn't notice that I was following him.

He kept walking with his cane. He sometimes hit the ground with it as he expressed his anger. I gradually got afraid that he would go too far and we couldn't get home. I stopped him and I apologized to him. I asked him to go home together.

We then got home, but he wouldn't take off his shoes and was sitting at the entrance for a while. Actrually, he didn't get angry with me, but himself. He hit his head with his cane many times, and he said, "I am not worth living!".
I really felt sorry for him and I was about to cry.

I had texted my brother what happened to my father before I left home. He also worried about my father. After we got home, he called my father. So, he finally took off his shoes and went into the living room to talk with my brother on the phone. I didn't know what they talked, but after that, my father got calm and he started to eat dinner again.

My brother told me on the phone that we should let my father drink alcohol as he wants. It will be Okay because he never drinks too much. Once he lives in a nursing home, he'll never be able to drink alcohol again. He also told me that it's not good to deal with him like a child, and we should respect him.
I agreed with him, and I thought that I never wanted to send my father there.

It was a long night. I cried in my bed alone.

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Recommended Corrections:

I had composed this arrangement of Spiraea Thunbergii (ユキヤナギ), Carnation (カーネーション), and Nephrolepis Cordifolia (タマシダ).

Its been a while since I last got to enjoy arranging flowers.


When I stayed with my parents last month, my father wanted to drink some sake, with dinner. When he was younger, he used to drink a glass of sake almost every night. He likes it, but he always used to drink a moderate amount of sake.

Since my father recently had a medical emergency, I didn't want to give him very much alcohol. So, I gave him just a very little bit of sake, only 1 cm depth of it in a glass.
A short while later, when I got back to the dining table from the kitchen, there was a bottle of sake on the table. Because he has dementia and soon forgets things, I told him this little white lie: "You've already drunk no less than three glasses of sake. So, you should not drink any more."
He then replied angrily, "I haven't drunk so much as you said!"

While we were having dinner, my mother and I warned my father about a few things. Suddenly, he got angry and left the room in the middle of the dinner. I was very surprised at him because he had never behaved like this before. He hardly gets angry. I had thought that he would also forget his anger quickly.

However, his anger lasted longer than I had expected. He was sitting in the next room for about half an hour. He then put on his two hats (we didn't know why) and grabbed his cane, and left home! It was after eight at night. I followed him from a short distance.

It was very windy. After walking a little while, his upper hat was blown off, and went across a busy street and into the park. Since my father couldn't run, he gave up following it. I followed it, but at the same time, I watched him crossing the street safely. Maybe, he didn't notice that I was following him.

He kept walking with his cane. He sometimes hit the ground with it as he expressed his anger. I gradually got afraid that he would go too far and we couldn't get home. I stopped him and I apologized to him. I asked him to go home together.

We then got home, but he wouldn't take off his shoes and was sitting at the entrance for a while. Actually, he didn't get angry with me, but at himself. He hit his head with his cane many times, and he said, "I am not worth living!".
I really felt sorry for him and I was about to cry.

I had texted my brother what happened to my father before I left home. He also worried about my father. After we got home, he called my father. So, he finally took off his shoes and went into the living room to talk with my brother on the phone. I didn't know what they talked about, but afterwards, my father calmed down and he started to eat dinner again.

My brother told me on the phone that we should let my father drink alcohol as he wants. It will be okay because he never drinks too much. Once he lives in a nursing home, he'll never be able to drink alcohol again. He also told me that it's not good to deal with him like a child, and we should respect him.
I agreed with him, and I thought that I never wanted to send my father there.

It was a long night. I cried in my bed alone.

Re: English Corrections

Hello, Shiroi Tora.

Thank you so much for the corrections although it was a long story.
I didn't know about a white lie. I was glad to learn it.

There was one sentence which I didn't understand.
'Its been a while since I last got to enjoy arranging flowers.'

If you add "/" between words to understand easily, where do you do?

It's been a while / since I last got / to enjoy arranging flowers.
Is it right?
I don't understand this structure, especially 'got to enjoy'.
Please explain it.



Sakae's Question

Sakae's Question:

There was one sentence which I didn't understand.
'Its been a while since I last got to enjoy arranging flowers.'

If you add "/" between words to understand easily, where do you do?

It's been a while / since I last got / to enjoy arranging flowers.
Is it right?
I don't understand this structure, especially 'got to enjoy'.
Please explain it.

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My Reply:

The term 'last got' refers to a similar past situation. Say you had not had a good night's sleep for a month due to construction outside your abode. You would say, "It has been a month since I last got a good night's sleep".

Another example: Say you had not been out to eat for many months due to a lack of funds. You would say, "It has been months since I got to enjoy eating out."

I don't understand the "/" question. It seems to involve a way for students of a foreign language to understand another's. I have never learned in this manner, so I cannot explain it to you.


Re: Sakae's Question

Hello Shiroi Tora.

Thank you very much for your answer.
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I'm married and we have a son. I live in Hokkaido, Japan.
I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
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