Since Loudoun schools got the day off due to ice, Linda and I were able to have lunch together. We went to our favorite local Mexican restaurant, a place where we know most of the staff by name.
As we sat down, one of the waitresses came over to ask how we were. We asked her if she had any trouble getting into work this morning. This proved to be a rather tricky question, because there were several English words that gave her trouble. She was trying to say that her husband had “brought” her to work, but she didn’t know what word to use and was confused by its relationship to “bring”.
Linda took out a piece of paper and wrote the words down and explained the words to her, and then had the waitress practice them in sentences (“I brought you the chips. I will bring you more tea.”) All this took a couple minutes at the most. But at the end of this exchange the waitress said with great emotion, “Thank you guys.” And then, “I love you!”
It struck me once again how many people around us could use a little help in so many ways; how easy it is to give such help; and how incredibly rewarding it is.
As we left, Linda set up a time with the waitress where they could meet at a nearby Starbucks and simply talk, giving her a chance to further practice her English.