September 27, 2000 Afternoon Tea
When I left my job to go back to school two months ago, one of the things I knew I’d miss the most were the friends I made there. It was a delightful place, as I worked in the company of many young women like myself. Making friends was easy, and we found that we had many shared interests, and just had lots of fun when we were together.
Although I no longer see them everyday, the friendships that were created are lasting. We spent this past Saturday at Afternoon Tea at the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel – catching up, talking story, and just hanging out like we used to.
Tea was great. It was almost too hot to drink tea, but the tea tasted so good. We all had the house blend of passion fruit and pineapple. We sat around the table, eating scones, finger sandwiches, and pastries, sipping our tea, and enjoying the sound of the ocean. We watched the hula halau performing nearby, and spied on the wedding party next door. For just one afternoon, we pretended to be little ladies, daintily eating and spending time together, as if we always did it that way. It was a lot of fun.
It was a little expensive and quite a splurge for me (as I am the starving college student), but it was worth it. It was nice to see my “work” friends again, and recognize the special relationship we created. It’s not often that casual friendships develop into lasting friendships, and it’s a wonderful feeling to know that that’s what happened.
Even though I’m in a completely different world now, with new people and a new agenda in life, I’m so happy that I didn’t lose my friends when I left my job.
Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #48（スーザン先生の英語講座 その48）
For two years I taught English in Japan, and was “スーザン先生” to my students in Ikaho town, Gunma Prefecture. I will try and introduce new words and phrases for the Japanese visitor to Hawaii. Here is this week’s situation:
“I’d like to make a reservation for afternoon tea.”
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール） Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program, and am now employed at PacRim Marketing Group, Inc. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!|