“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.”
— Mitsugi Saotome
ka pai yous
while the university graduate and i were studying last year, we spent three hours mid-week learning Māori together. it was an amazing experience. i thought that it'd be all about the language learning: that we'd be sent home each week with lists of verbs to memorise, cos that's been my historical-language-learning experience. but instead, we learned about culture, and respect, and learning, and assessment where we are set up to succeed. it was so non-threatening, and we loved every second. it truly was a mid-week oasis. the sushi and gourmet chocolate lunches were rather ka pai too. today we graduated. it's gonna be the last time i gown up for a while: it's a toss-up whether he'll get a doctorate, or i'll get my masters. i think he'll win, but we'll see.
in the meantime, ka pai us. really, really loved our study year. arohanui X