420th day in Mer'awy / 468th day in Ethiopia 30 / 01 / 2004EC
みなさん，友人多いですか？ 私，はっきり言って少ないです。 Do you have many friends? Honestly, I don't have many friends.
数は少ない友人ですが，刺激を受けることは多いです。 I don't have many friends, however, I receive stimuli from them many times.
先日来てくれた友人もそう。 The friend who came to see me some days ago also has give me stimuli.
元々同じ大学の研究室の仲間。彼女の方が一学年上なので，研究や研究に対する姿勢で私の指標ともなる人でした。 We were in company in same laboratory in my university. She was 1-year-senior than me, so her study and approach to study was a landmark for me.
私は研究者の道を諦め教職に舵を切りましたが，彼女は突き進み研究者の道へ。 She didn't quit studying and gets research job though I quitted studying and turned to education work.
直接会って話しをしたら，やはりバシバシ刺激受けました。別に研究や教育で激論交わしたわけでもないですが，いろいろな会話がボディーブローのように効いてきます。 I received much stimuli from her when I saw her in this time. I received stimuli gradually from many kinds of topics which we talked though we didn't discuss about research nor education.
彼女の言動を鏡に自分の行動を振り返り，いろいろ考えさせられました。 I consider many kind of things, by her words and action illuminating what I had done
協力隊仲間と話していてもそう。 年齢層も違う，職種も違う，住む環境も違う。 そんな彼らと接していると今まで受けてきた刺激と全然違う刺激をもらいます。 I also get stimuli talking to JOCV companies. We have many differences; age, job, living environment, and etc. I have received different stimuli with one that I had received ever by talking with them.
エチオピア人とも数人仲がいいです。 彼らも当然生きてきた背景が全く違うので，全然異質の刺激をもらってます。 I am close to a couple of Ethiopian. I can receive heterogeneous stimuli from them because the background of them is much different.
私は友人の数こそ少ないけれど，恵まれていると思います。 I have few friends. Yet, I am blessed.
さてエチオピアの若者よ。 大いに刺激を受ける友人はいるかい？ Well, young Ethiopian, do you have friends who give you much stimuli?