Recently I had to close-down Smith’s Hashimoto School for about ten days to return to the USA because my mother was very sick and dying. She lived a very full life and passed away very peacefully. Smith’s Head Office was fantastic in their support, notifying all of my students of the closure. What really impressed me though, was that so many of my students returned with kind words, flowers, etc., for me. Many of these students didn’t know how to express condolences in English, but I could tell that they had made a special effort on their own to get the point across to me, and I appreciate that so much. In times like this, I feel and know that they are my friends as well as students. All were very understanding and compassionate. These acts of kindness are truly appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.