2016/03/03

I try to believe

My 7-year-old son promised his friend to play at the park near my house after school.

He was looking forward to it very much.

He asked me:

"Can I bring this snack? I want to eat it with him. He will bring some snack,too. So we will be able to share them each other!"

Then I got an email.

It was from his mother.

It said:

"My son told me that he promised your son to go to the park today, but I am afraid that I can't let him go because he was throwing stones when they were playing at the park yesterday. It was dangerous, so I scolded him strictly and I forbid him from going to the park for a while. I am sorry. Please say hello to your son and play with him next time."

Since I went to work and my husband stayed at home yesterday, my son didn't have to go to the children's house and he went to the park with the boy yesterday, too.

But I didn't know about it at all because my son didn't tell me about it.

I asked my son:

"Oh, his mother said that he can't go to the park because he threw stones and she got angry with him. Did such a thing happen really yesterday?"

He answered:

"Yeah, he was throwing stones toward a vending machine across the street while his mother picked his younger brother up from the nursery school. She came to the park. and found him throwing stones, then  scolded him."

I asked him:

"How about you? What were you doing?"

"I was climbing up the tree."

Since he likes climbing up a tree, I belived what he said.

I replied her and said:

"You must be disappointed, but I guess maybe you will be able to play with him next Wednesday."


 
After that, I started suspecting him a little whether he also threw stones with his friend.
Children tend to avoid talking about what they might be scolded by their parents.

But I decided to try to believe him.

After I picked my 6-year-old daughter up from the nursery school, I told them:

"It's snack time! I bought Sansyoku Dango! Since it will be a Girl's Festival tomorrow, many Japanese sweets were sold at the supermarket."

We enjoyed the snack time.


 
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2 件のコメント:

  1. Hello Kumi-san,

    Another interesting post. The snack you had looks very pretty. I have seen examples of it in photos that I have seen on Google+, however I did not know the name of the snack. So I learned something new :).

    I hope you and your family have/had a great Girls Festival. Google+ is a sea of pretty costumes, cakes, costumes, and kimono's as I am writing this post.

    I wish that we had such a festival here.

    Here are some of the issues found with the post:

    Part 1:
    This line:
    My 7-year-old son promised his friend to play at the park near my house after school.

    Should be:
    My 7-year-old son promised his friend that he would play with him at the park near my house after school.

    This line:
    "Can I bring this snack? I want to eat it with him. He will bring some snack,too. So we will be able to share them each other!"

    Should be:
    "Can I bring this snack? I want to eat it with him. He will bring some snack to. So we will be able to share them with each other!"

    This line:
    "My son told me that he promised your son to go to the park today, but I am afraid that I can't let him go because he was throwing stones when they were playing at the park yesterday. It was dangerous, so I scolded him strictly and I forbid him from going to the park for a while. I am sorry. Please say hello to your son and play with him next time."

    Should be:
    "My son told me that he promised your son that they would go to the park today, but I am afraid that I can't let him go because he was throwing stones when they were playing at the park yesterday. It was dangerous, so I scolded him strictly and I forbid him from going to the park for a while. I am sorry. Please say hello to your son and my son will play with him next time."

    This line:
    "Oh, his mother said that he can't go to the park because he threw stones and she got angry with him. Did such a thing happen really yesterday?"

    Should be:
    "Oh, his mother said that he can't go to the park because he threw stones and she got angry with him. Did such a thing really happen yesterday?"

    Reason: Word order correction.

    This line:
    "I was climbing up the tree."

    Should be:
    "I was climbing up a tree."

    This line:
    Since he likes climbing up a tree, I belived what he said.

    Should be:
    Since he likes climbing up trees, I belived what he said.

    This line:
    I replied her and said:

    Should be:
    I replied to her and said:

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  2. Part 2:

    This line:
    "You must be disappointed, but I guess maybe you will be able to play with him next Wednesday."

    Question: In the sentence above I am assuming your talking to the other childs mother and not to your son. So the setence would be rewritten as:

    "You must be disappointed, but I guess maybe he will be able to play with him next Wednesday."

    Note: The reason I am not sure who you are talking to is because of this line:

    I replied to her and said:

    It sounds to me as if you are saying this in an email. If what you mean was that you replied to the other mothers email and then said something to your son the line would be rewritten as:

    I replied to her email and then said to my son:

    This line:
    After that, I started suspecting him a little whether he also threw stones with his friend.
    Children tend to avoid talking about what they might be scolded by their parents.

    Should be:
    After that, I started suspecting him a little, as to whether he also threw stones with his friend.

    This line:
    Children tend to avoid talking about what they might be scolded by their parents.

    Should be:
    Children tend to avoid talking about what they might be scolded for by their parents.

    This line:
    "It's snack time! I bought Sansyoku Dango! Since it will be a Girl's Festival tomorrow, many Japanese sweets were sold at the supermarket."

    Should be:
    "It's snack time! I bought Sansyoku Dango! Since it will be the Girl's Festival tomorrow, many Japanese sweets were on sale at the supermarket."

    This line:
    We enjoyed the snack time.

    Should be:
    We enjoyed the snack.

    Or:
    We enjoyed the snack break.

    Or:
    We enjoyed snack time.

    Reason: As far as I am aware, your original sentence is grammatically correct, but it would not normally be worded in the way you wrote it.

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