It is Christmas Eve morning – and I am still at work although it is a half day – and, as it will be difficult to post this message tomorrow, I am doing so today. This is just to wish you a very happy Christmas; you are in the thoughts of all of your family in the UK. I sent you some money for Christmas this year, see below, as it is difficult to decide what to buy for you now – along with a card of The Shard in London. I hope that you have a lovely day tomorrow. I will post a further message to you at New Year time.
Today marks 6 and a half years since you were abducted to Japan so I thought I’d post a short note to you today with some bits of news for you.
Yesterday saw Prince Harry get married to Meghan Markle. The Prince is a few years younger than me and I remember watching him and his brother grow up when I was growing up so that shows how quickly time passes. I watched part of the television coverage from Windsor. It was reported that a billion people watched the proceedings around the world and it struck me that you might well have been one of them. I well remember the time when Prince Andrew married in 1986 when I was about the age you are now.
Tomorrow I have again been roped in to walk the 10 km London legal walk. According to my professional magazine, over 12,000 people are to participate this year. Because of the numbers, there are two routes again this year – one going down and then back up the other side of the Thames and the other through the parks. Not sure which route the team that I am going with is to take this year – we took the park route last year which also took in a bit of the River as well. I will try and take some photos for you again as I did last year, particularly if we take the river route this time.
On a much sadder note, on 28 May 2018, it will be exactly 10 years since Grandad, the Great grandfather you never met, passed away. As I’ve said before you were born 6 months to the day after he died. Along with you, he is the person I think about a lot. He achieved a lot in his life; he obtained a PhD from Cambridge University and went on to become the deputy head of a Ministry of Defence research facility. He was involved in the design in the 1960s of the satellite dishes that adorned the BT Tower until quite recently; at the time they were state-of-the art and stood the test of time (the article that this link goes to is written by someone with the same name as me). His ashes are interred in west London and I will go and visit him again later this month.
Hope you are keeping well.
Happy New Year, son. My thoughts were with you at 15:00 GMT yesterday when the year turned in Japan. Every good wish for 2018. I mailed you a New Year card, below along with receipt, a couple of days’ ago so it should be with you soon. New Year is not as big in the UK as Japan and the store did not have a New Year card as such; the best I could find was a card of a cat peering at a fish in a fish tank.
Also below is a photo of the family lunch in Hythe on 10 September last year to mark your Grandad’s 89th birthday, about which I posted last summer. Also below is a photo taken just after Christmas on 27 December just gone showing Dad/Grandad, my brother and sister and I. It is very rare that we meet up alone together and I cannot remember when we last did so but it must have been when I was a very young adult – I don’t think that there has been a photo like this of just the four of us since I was a teenager. We were only able to catch a few hours together but it was very pleasant.
I saw the news a couple of days back that Japan proposes to change the age of majority from 20 to 18 from 2022 so that will cover you as you will turn 18 in 2026, which doesn’t feel all that far off now. I hope that this reform will help in a small way to embolden you to contact your family in the UK that much sooner. You are welcome to do so of course at any time as you are hugely missed here. You will be standing on your own two feet before you know it and will be able to make decisions for yourself. In the meantime, however, I wish you every happiness and success in year 2018.
Happy 9th birthday, son. Another year has gone by. I hope that your day is filled with joy. It is almost impossible to believe that you, a two year old and the threshold of becoming a 3 year old when you were taken from the UK, are now halfway to adulthood. Time passes very quickly and the older you get the greater appreciation of this you will get.
When I was about your age one of my uncles bought me a digital watch. This was back in the late 80s and I even remember, although it did not occur to me to do so at the time, that it was a Japanese brand. Anyway I hope you like the watch I chose for you; I tried to choose the best one I could find.
In the package, I also enclosed a camera device which you can do lots of things with. I am sure that you can make much better use of it that I would – there are so many things I cannot do on my phone and PC. Your great Grandma gave me a camera (her own) around the same time as I got the watch so again I thought that this would be a good time to get you something similar.
I hope the package makes it to you today, if it has not already done so – the tracking (see below) seems to suggest that it has been stuck in Kawasaki since Saturday although based on past experience the tracking service is not properly updated in Japan.
Have a good day. I will post a message again to you soon.
Update: 4 December 2017: The package was delivered at about 5pm local time on your birthday itself, 28 November 2017 (see immediately below):