Growing Pains

“I come from Ecuador. I’ve been living in Japan for the last 15 years of my life. I met my Japanese wife at a salsa club, where I was taking dance lessons. That’s where I pursued her relentlessly for half a year before she finally fell for me. Now we have kids. The older one likes to dance a lot, which she got from both of us, obviously. Sometimes she doesn’t listen to me, so I get a little upset and I realize how tough parenting can be. It’s like a negotiation every day. This little one grew up so fast. She was just a baby and I didn’t have to do anything except feed her, play with her or make her laugh. Now she sometimes won’t eat, or she’d start acting up. It’s getting harder for sure. Good thing I already have experience dealing with a one-year-old, although their personalities are so different. Little one is more athletic and can sometimes burst into pure energy.”


At a park near Nagoya City Science Museum

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