Last spring a student who has been studying over 3 years with me at Smith’s Tsukaguchi School was staying at a hospital in Sakai City, Osaka http://www.city.sakai.osaka.jp/foreigner_en/iryou/iryou1.html . She was recovering from an operation. Her sister, also a student at my school who has been studying at my school for over 4 years, mentioned that she was going to go and visit her on Sunday of the same week. My wife and I had been thinking about going to visit my student at the hospital, so I suggested that we all go visit her together. Her sister was pleased by the offer however mentioned it was far from my home and on our day off. I insisted and she accepted to go with us. I asked her not to tell her sister in the hospital that we were coming with her because I wanted to surprise her.
We went to the hospital. My student in the hospital was VERY surprised and happy that we had come. After the visit, she sent us an email thanking us and gave us thank you gifts later when she came out of the hospital. She still mentions that visit to me these days at Smith’s Tsukaguchi School http://www.smithweb.co.jp/school/tsukaguchi.shtml. I am happy to have made her so happy.