This diary entry is part 17 of 26 in Lily's diary dated 30 - December 2023

Hi! It’s me! Lily!!!

The dam broke, a little last night.  Aww.  I woke up to someone cuddled up to me and sniffling.  It was Minami.  I didn’t know why and she didn’t want to tell me.  But…  I guess sometimes you don’t really need to know.  Eventually she went back to sleep.

It’s funny.  They tell you that Japanese people aren’t really very emotive.  But, they are.  They just have different ways of expressing it.  But at the end of the day, they cry just like we do.  I asked Ai what that was about, and she said that it’s Minami’s story to tell me, but maybe our family is…  a bit much for her, in some ways.

I don’t know how we can be any different, though.  We just are what we are.  Ai said it’s not our fault and we shouldn’t change, that it’s probably good for Minami.  I hope so.

She spent the morning hugging Marie.  Marie didn’t mind at all.  Marie’s all about the hugs.

This may be one situation where Ai can help more than I can, so I guess all we can do is be there if she needs us.  I did ask her if she’s alright.  She said she is, she’s just a little homesick.  I don’t really believe her, but she tried to smile, and, well, I guess that’s all she wrote, for now.  Ai isn’t really her best friend, but she is a friend, and they do know each other pretty well.  Later on in the day they went out for a walk, and she seemed a little happier when they came back, so that’s good.

Yuki asked her if she wanted to sing on Friday night, and she said yes, but she wants to pick a song.  Yuki agreed, and they’ve been huddled together talking about dance moves and stuff for hours, and even commandeered the garage to practice a little.  That’s good, I guess.  Keeps her busy.  I heard the song Minami chose.  It’s not really a happy song.  But… she is pretty competent.  I think she’ll do well.  Sabby’s really supportive – Yuki’s a pro.  If she thinks Minami’s good, then Minami’s good.

We go to the airport tomorrow to pick up Yuki’s parents.  They’re staying in a hotel, though.  That’s good.  We’re full up.  Really.  We’re full up.  We couldn’t really fit more in if we wanted to.

But, for Christmas, that’s a really good problem to have, don’t you think?

We’ll be there for Minami.  Just like we’re there for all of our sisters.

Yuuko made us Japanese food tonight.  Even Yuki was impressed.  Yuuko really knows her way around food.  Girl should be a chef.  No, seriously.  She’s that good.  Sabby’s actually thinking about asking her to teach Baker some stuff – for a fair price, of course.  Diana’s the taco master, but this girl is the tonkatsu master.  You know those big spreads in anime where there are all these different foods like omurice, rolled omelets, shrimp, etc?  Yeah, we had that.  It was amazing.

I think David’s in love, a bit.  Not just because she’s small and cute, but she can cook up a storm.  That ticks most of the boxes for him.  I just coughed and said “You have a girlfriend” and he looked suitably ashamed.  Didn’t stop him from stealing glances though.

This… might be the last Christmas I spend here.  For a while, anyway.

I…  think I know how houkago tea time felt, in episode 20 where they were sitting up against the wall and it finally hit them that they were graduating and would never be together as houkago tea time again.  Just a little.  It’s coming up fast.  It’s really coming up fast.  And there are lot of… lasts coming up this year.  I won’t lie.  It hurts a little.

Okay.  It hurts a lot.  It seems like I was found just yesterday, and had my first Christmas as a Smith, and… and…

No.  I won’t cry.  Not now.

Love you all!!! ❤️

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