July 16, 2014: A Renewal of Faith

cake

Today’s Perfect Moment is a little different.  Though the day’s perfect moment doesn’t always involve me, it is usually something that involves my perception of events.  When I see a beautiful woman on the subway, it is at least my feeling that we shared a fleeting glance, or that for at least a brief moment she might have considered me.  Today’s perfect moment has me even less involved, but it affected me nevertheless.

One of my students had a birthday last week.  I did what I could to celebrate.  I had all the students sing happy birthday in their own languages.  It was quite nice.  Today, the student’s homestay mother brought him a cake.  What makes this perfect is that my faith was renewed in the homestay system.  Too often I have felt like most of these people just wanted someone to rent their room, or that their motivation was mostly financial.  Instead, I saw that this person cared about the people she had in her house.  She treated them with kindness and warmth.  She provided them with the experience the marketing team promised.

I didn’t eat any of the cake because I am still taking the diet seriously, but everyone else seemed to enjoy it

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About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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