Used to My Brand New Environment
Oishi from Japan
soon got used to life in Elkton and began to
participate actively in several school
from the Kurtz family
Bob Kurtz feeding calves on the
day's night was the first day for me that I really
enjoyed at school.
understood why parents watch their children's game,
while we can't watch such games at all.
then I understood what "Elkton Elks" was. Elkton
Elks is a team, not a club activity. Every team
consists not only its players, but it consists
cheerleaders, audience, and enemy team. Japanese
school sports activity lacks their fans.
made our school team unable to be a "real" team.
That's why most of Japanese school doesn't have a
team name, like Elkton Elks. I enjoyed watching
students' games for the first time.
I enjoyed dancing for the first time. Anyway, I
took about whole month to be acclimated to my
could join Elkton Elks as a fan since the
homecoming game. This made me want to join Elkton
Elks as a player. I joined boys' basketball team
for the first time.
I almost have never played before, I watched girls'
basketball game carefully, especially the very tall
girl's (these words mean Nicki Kinner, I didn't
know her name at that time) play. Of course, I was
the worst player on our team, but I could enjoy
with teammates and coaches.
went to the weightlifting room for the first time
with Ryan Stoltenburg. He plays basketball very
well. I have never seen a player who is able to
think I could play basketball a little bit better
thanks to my teammates, Mr. Gebhart and Mr.
Swenson. Mr. Swenson sometimes gave me the chance
to play a game. I couldn't make my shot at all, but
he praised my defense. And basketball made me
overcome my carsickness.
to part 4:
Ears", Learning to Dance, and
letter was originally published in the August 19,
1999 issue of the Elkton Record (Elkton, South
Dakota) by the editor, Mary Ann
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