MEETING ‘MOMO’ – Why I like Shelbyville

I have a lot of things which I don’t know yet in Shelbyville so sometimes I walk downtown by myself. Walking around with the Historic Walking Tour map and MAINSTREET SHELBYVILLE map (You can get them in the City Hall!), many people who go by say hi to me. I was so glad. I think it is one of the best things of Shelbyville. It makes me feel like I am very welcomed. The people in Shelbyville are really friendly and kind to outside people.

A Japanese woman who has lived here for three years said she was glad that some high school students who take Japanese class tried to talk to her in Japanese. The other day I visited elementary school in Shelbyville at lunch time, before when I realized it, I was surrounded by many students and everyone talked to me very friendly. A girl said “I like your T-shirt!” and a boy said “konnichiwa!” that means “hi” in Japanese. I was so glad.

She also said she likes the sunrise and the sunset. I like them too. Yesterday I saw the sunset as I was driving on the way home. The sun was orange-red and so beautiful. I also like the view of the open ground corn field in Shelbyville. Driving the road between the corn fields my mind becomes opened.

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And there’s lots of nature here. Various kinds of living things are around the house where I’m staying. One day I found a nest from the window in the house. At the beginning, four little birds were so tiny and the parent birds always feed them. Within two weeks they had grown up very fast and the day before yesterday they left from the nest. When I found the empty nest, I was a little sad. But I was moved that they became independent after only two weeks. These two weeks I lived by myself and this is my first experience because I lived in Japan with my family. I have become more independent like the four birds.

I’m enjoying my life in Shelbyville now. Every time I communicate with the people here, they make me happy and I appreciate them letting me stay here and giving this opportunity to learn about Shelbyville.

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シェルビービルにはまだ知らない事がたくさんあるので、たまに1人でダウンタウンを歩くことがあります。地図を持って歩いていると、すれ違うたくさんの人が声をかけてくれます。私はとても嬉しくなり、見知らぬ人にも挨拶してくれる事ってシェルビーの良いところの1つだなぁと思いました。誰かが声をかけてくれるたびに自分がこの町で受け入れてもらえている気がするし、シェルビーの人は本当にフレンドリーで外の人に対してもとっても親切だと感じます。

ここに3年間住んでいるある日本人の女性は、日本語を高校で勉強している学生が日本語を一生懸命思い出しながら話しかけてきてくれたのがとても嬉しかったそうです。私はお昼ごはんの時間に小学校に伺ったことがありますが、あっという間に多くの学生に囲まれて、みんなとってもフレンドリーに話しかけてきてくれました。ある女の子は「あなたのTシャツすてき」と声をかけてくれ、またある男の子は「コンニチハ」と日本語で声をかけてくれました。とっても嬉しかったです。

また彼女は朝陽と夕陽も好きだとおっしゃっていました。私も大好きです。昨日は家への帰り道に車から夕陽を見ました。オレンジがかった赤が、とってもきれいでした。そして、シェルビービルのどこまでも広がるトウモロコシ畑の眺めも大好きです。ここを車で走っていると、心まですがすがしくなってきます。

ここにはたくさんの自然もあり、様々な種類の生き物が私の滞在している家の周りにも生息しています。ある日、私は家の窓から鳥の巣を見つけました。初めの頃は4羽の小鳥たちは本当に小さくて、親鳥がいつも餌を与えていました。2週間の間にあっという間に小鳥たちは成長して、一昨日ついに巣立って行きました。何もいない鳥の巣を見つけた時、少し寂しかったですが、たった2週間で自立していくことに感動しました。この2週間、私は1人で生活をしていました。日本では家族と住んでいたので、これは私にとって初めての1人暮らしでした。だから私も4羽の小鳥たちのように少しは成長できたのかな…?(笑)

私は今シェルビービルでの生活をとっても楽しんでいます。ここの人々と関わるたびにとても幸せを感じます。ここに居させてもらえる事、そしてシェルビービルの事を学べる機会を与えてもらえたことに感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです。

Comments

  1. Yes indeed, walking around the city/town centers or historic downtowns of cities and towns is the very best way to feel the heart/pulse of these places, either what they are now or what they used to be, and start getting to know them. And you also mentioned that you like driving on the roads between the corn fields. How about bicycling on them? Have you had a chance to do this yet? I cycle these roads quite often and especially enjoy the evening sky/cloudscapes while riding. I love cycling and walking.

    • Momoco Shiosaka says:

      I haven’t had a chance to cycle yet because I don’t have a bicycle. But it sounds fun! I like Shelbyville very much. The best is the people.

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