Well, well, a tiny baby whose birth I witnessed (it seems only a few years ago) has grown. My niece Hoho is pursuing to become a next Japanese idol in a vocational high school in music. Most mothers would have talked her out of following the ridiculous dream, but her mother said to her, "If it's your dream, try it." Hoho, who could not bring herself to go to middle school for months, does not now miss a single day in high school. As she has to compete for leading roles with her classmates who already have years of vocal and dancing training, she practices at school every day until late. As it takes 2 hours to commute, she leaves at 6 AM and comes home past 10 PM. When I was visiting her family, she left home at 5 AM so that she could practice extra an hour before the class started. I was impressed by her efforts.
Initially I was not thrilled with her choice of high school as it seemed to limit her career options. I will take that back now. She is learning to work exceptionally hard, to take letdowns positively, and to be courteous and appreciative. With the positive attitude she is acquiring, anything could be possible for her.
Hoho's auntie is very proud of her and even a bit jealous of her having such an understandable supportive mother. I shall proudly share the photos taken during my last visit.