Last Thursday, during the weekly “Night Out” event that I hold for my students at the local cafe, one of my students who had just come back from a trip to Salt Lake City and Indianapolis where she gave a presentation on statistics behind pharmaceutical trials in English to a group of American employees of her company, surprised me by showing up to join our free English discussion. She told the others about her experience, what the weather was like and after we finished, she told me that she had a souvenir from the states for me.
On Friday morning she emailed my mobile phone that she would stop by the school that evening to bring me the souvenir. I was busy passing out some flyers at one of the local train stations. At about 7:50 p.m. that evening she stopped by and gave me a box of See’s chocolates. I had told her that I really like these chocolates and she remembered and bought me a box during her trip to the states. It was a very sweet and pleasant surprise! She told me I should eat them immediately as the expiration date might be soon. So my two students the next hour and I enjoyed some delicious chocolates during the lesson. I took the remaining chocolates home and my wife also tried them.
This is one of those nice perks of being a school owner/teacher at your own school in Japan. Owning a Smith’s School continues to be a fun and sweet experience!
Al Bartle (Smith’s School of English – Okamoto Kobe)