I have to say that it was something of a bizarre situation, as I had not met him (or for that matter the students before)... and the first thing that they wanted to know about was how we met and proposed. Hmmm - in the name of education (and ham acting) I obliged them with a small re-enactment... accompanied by squeels of delight (or embarrassment... I couldn't tell which) from the students.
I-san was certainly a friendly (and talkative teacher)... I can imagine what he was like with T-chan. I also thought however, I don't really want to do that again ?:-)
Just around the corner is a council park that overlooks the city... it's a beautiful day!... but...
There's something that I've been putting off... even though it may seem a little strange. I had yet to formally ask for T-chan's parents permission to get married. I had been preparing for this for some time, and now (before it's too late) I had to do it! Actually, I am a stickler for tradition, so I did the whole thing of preparing a full-on formal request in Japanese (which is not easy for me, as my Japanese is soooo bad). That evening I called them all together - of course they must have known what I was going to do (as I'd been practicing for days). I talked for what seemed an eternity, whilst Otousan (father) and Okaasan (mother) listened intently. The fact that we were well into preparing for the Pre-Wedding Party may have given me some hope that it was just a formality... but that wasn't how I felt just then. Eventually I finished with a great breath... silence...then the floodgates opened and there were many tears... and there were drinks... and also not forgetting an important "yes".
What a day... glad I didn't have to go through all that in English class... even in Japanese!