(posted by Emily)
Someone's going on a trip!
In a somewhat last minute and impulsive move, Rick is off on a trans-Pacific flight to Japan for the next five days. You're probably thinking to yourself, what on Earth?! and trust me, it was a surprise to us, too!
Every spring, Rick and his teaching partner Jen assign a research paper to their high school juniors. The kids choose a topic they are passionate about, and work through their first big paper over a number of week. One Sunday evening, a student emailed Rick about his paper--Kaili wanted to write about the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His question to Rick was about his research. Kaili's dad works for Delta, and he wanted to know if traveling to Japan to see this historic places could count as source material for the paper. Well, duh!
Fast forward a few days--Rick calls me in the middle of the school day, because Kaili has asked if Rick wants to join them on this trip to Hiroshima. Of course I agreed--absolutely he should go!
We waited about a week, without getting our hope up, and finally everything was set--Rick heads to Tokyo tonight and gets back on Wednesday! It is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for him, as a historian and from a learning perspective, to see the place where these huge events took place. He will meet up with Kaili and his dad on Monday and explore Hiroshima with them.
And the best perk of all? Because he is using an airline buddy pass, Rick gets business class seats for his flights--lucky duck!
Rigby and I dropped him off at the airport this evening--I know he'll have an awesome time, but we will miss him!
Don't worry, dad--we'll be just fine! Have an amazing trip--we love you, and miss you already! Take a lot of pictures and don't forget to buy us something nice :)
Hopefully Rick won't mind writing up a few posts to share when he gets back!