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"Hide and Seek"


As a child, my sisters and I used to love to play a game called "Hide and Seek." This game is similar to the one played in Japan; however, in America, the person who hides tries to keep as quiet as he or she can. If one were to make any kind of noise, he or she would be detected easily. In Japan, the kids after finding a place to hide would yell, "Mou, ii, yo!"

I remember a time when I was about seven years old. My sisters and I (and sometimes our mother) wanted to play "Hide and Seek" with our father in our backyard. Dad had volunteered to be the person who would find us. He counted loudly from one to a hundred. During this time, my sisters and I hid in our secret hiding places. Mine was a wonderful hiding place. It was in the storage room of our garage. After counting to a hundred, my father yelled, "Ready or not, here I come!"

I tried desperately not to laugh. I was confident that my father would never find me. Of course, he never did. He was never able to find my sisters or my mother either. After a half an hour or so, my father would yell, "Okay. I give up. Come out! Come out wherever you are!" We were so proud of ourselves. This was a game we could win against our "all-knowing" father. We played this game many times with him. Each time, he was unable to find us.

After my sisters and I were all grown up, we confronted our aging father. He was watching television with a can of Budweiser beer in his hand. We had asked him if he had enjoyed playing "Hide-and-Seek" with us. He replied that it was his favorite game to play with us when we were kids.

The reason why he was never able to find us was this. After he had counted to a hundred, he went back into the house and went to sleep or watched a football game on television. He never really tried to look for us! This game was a way for him to enjoy his own free time away from his wife and from us. Although he loved us and our mother dearly, he confessed that sometimes fathers needed "a break."

After hearing his confession, my sisters and I realized how clever our father was. He was able to elude us all the times we had played "Hide and Seek." Actually, it was he who did all the hiding.




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西東京市のひばりケ丘で開校して、45周年を迎えました。
長年の経験を生かし、生徒の皆様とのふれあいを通して、当校もコミュニティーの一部としてお役に立てるよう、更に努力していきたいと考えております。

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