Skip to main content

An act of kindness - the conclusion

Here is the second part of Juliana's story:



At the airline counter, I opened my wallet to get my ID. It was not there. I searched one more time. Nothing. I had lost my wallet with my documents, credit cards and money. “You will not be allowed to board without your ID”, said the clerk. Tears were just about to roll down my face, but I was stronger. I had to act. My friend said: “We must go to the police office. Maybe they will let you board with a ‘B.O.’” We ran a lot, looking for the office. We found it, it was closed. At that time I had already accepted the fact that I had to stay there for a couple of days until I could get a document that permitted me to travel, my mate would lend me some money… Suddenly, I hard an announcement: “Ms. Juliana dos Santos Silva, please report to the Infraero counter, please”. The best thing I had ever heard! It was my wallet!



At the Infraero counter, I was informed that a taxi driver had left my wallet there as soon as he realized I had forgotten it in the car. Never will I forget his act of kindness. It was a lucky day. Besides that, my flight was also late. I could board the plane and get home at the time I had predicted. It is a pity I could not can not find this man to thank him for giving back my wallet. I will always be grateful for it.



Was Juliana extremely lucky? Does something like this happen all the time? 

Have you ever benefited from a stranger's act of kindness?

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Learning is truly ongoing - practicing too

https://twitter.com/CHitch94/status/1002905413778583552?s=09

Students' stories = Engaging, Learning opportunities

If the title got you hooked, I'm sure you're gonna read to the end. One dilemma most English teachers face is getting students to write any kind of text, in the traditional school context. Look what I cooked up for all of you to work around that obstacle.

A student of yours tells you they have not seen any of the last messages you send to the group because their phone went dead. That was ten days ago. Since then, they have been reachable only by land line or e-mail (that is, when they access a computer). 
You almost automatically feel sorry for that person, eagerly wanting to know how they are getting by without what has become an extension of our bodies (for most of us, at least). How do they keep up with everything that is being shared on social media? Have they started facing bank lines again or ordering foods and other services on a traditional device? How do friends and loved ones keep in touch? How are they making out without Netflix or other streaming platforms to occup…

Learning English is a journey, not a trip

Lately I've been curious to know how people who are learning English would answer the four questions above. Twenty two years have passed and the need to learn - and master - English continues to be a fleeting goal for many Brazilians, almost as if they're chasing the Sun. The number of people who claim to have at least working knowledge of the language hasn't passed the 5% mark of the population. English is available in the form of social media and free websites, TV series and more, yet efforts to achieve higher levels of proficiency are like stops in the ocean. The questions above point to the role of self motivation and self awareness, rather than stressing the methodology, the material or the duration of study. Setting realistic goals in language learning has never been more paramount for us to keep learning bit by bit, level by level. After all, you can enjoy your trip, but only truly learn from a journey.