On my trips overseas I always make an effort to get souvenirs for my students. In turn they seem to be obliging in getting return gifts on their oversea trips too.
Recently, I have told students not to present me any more magnets as there is no more space on the fridge. I told them that I prefer a unique food snack which would be more appealing and memorable for me.
Since then they always bring vast amounts of goodies for me to eat.
On one occasion, my TV and DVD player flunked out at the same time and I was left twiddling my thumbs in the evenings without the pleasure of being able to watch my favorite TV shows in the evenings.
I told my despair to many of my students and said I would be going to the electric store to buy a new TV and DVD player.
I was amazed at how many of my students said they had a spare Player, or an almost new TV sitting idly by in a back room somewhere and that they were more than happy to give them to me. To tell you the the truth I was inundated by so many offers to help me out.
In the End I settled with a 36 inch wide TV and a Hard Drive DVD recorder that was only over a year old, which also plays global DVDs from any country, the student said she had no need for them, as she wanted the latest models. Talk about spoilt for choice.
Am I alone here? Or are your students as generous as mine?