Tuesday, March 1, 2011
So, what exactly was it you did for a living again?
Ok, it's no secret that Baby Sunshine is quite the little cry-baby, or 泣き虫 ("naki mushi" literally "crying insect") as they call them here in Japan. As Baby Sunshine is our first baby, we didn't really have much to compare to, but when Mrs. Sunshine meets up with some of her "mommy-friends" and a host of babies, it's painfully obvious that Baby Sunshine is the only baby without the ability to shut up and relax for a bit even if there are new faces and a different environment.
In fact, her crying can be so intense, that I expect her to make her Japanese grandpa cry as well at one point or another since he always looks so sad when he wants to say hi to his granddaughter, but the moment she sees his face she bursts out into tears and won't let up until he's left the immediate area.
But in any case, I tell myself that this is only a temporary phase and by the time she's around 25 years old or so it should be a little better, but one thing that I've never understood here in Japan is that, when I complain (in a jokingly way) about the cry-baby at home, the friendly comment that I often get back is "well, she's a baby, crying is her job" (泣くのは仕事だから). I haven't really exactly understood how this can be her job and if it is, how come we're not seeing any of the money? Wouldn't it be better to have her work in a sweatshop or doing something more meaningful?