Of course, I am watching ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ tonight. It started off a little slow, but it has been far better than the first nights from previous seasons. I don’t vote, so it will be interesting to see who is in the bottom three and out tomorrow. It seems to me that all of the dancers are better prepared this year. They aren’t limited in their styles. I’ve change my favorite already, but my original favorite hasn’t danced yet, so that could change again. Ok, it’s Twichinton for me — for that one move where she ‘rolled’ him back up. And it looks like Wade will be back tomorrow.
At school today, a student I teach came to my office and at first, I thought he just wanted to talk. I was wrong. He accidentally left his wallet on the train yesterday. As soon as he realized it, he went to the metro office. The woman he spoke to told him when the same train would be stopping at the nearest location. He waited and then looked for his wallet, but couldn’t find it. He called his father back in Korea to tell him to cancel the credit card and then his cellphone battery died. When he returned to the woman at the metro office, she could tell he was in a difficult position. He needed to take a bus to get home, but he had no money. She went around and was able to collect a dollar in change. When she gave it to him, she told him not to worry about paying her back, just help someone else later.
At this point, I said that what she was asking him to do was pay it forward and started to explain. He said she had said the same thing — pay it forward. Still, he felt an obligation to thank her. He showed me the handmade trinket from his country that he planned to give he — in thanks. It was beautiful. I told him she would appreciate it and that I was sure she would like it.
We also discussed the idea of a ‘silver lining’ — he learned more about himself and English that day than I could ever convey in my technical grammar class. I was able to prep him for what the woman might say — since we have been studying modals: “You shouldn’t have!” “You didn’t have to do that!” etc. It was one of those ‘teaching moments’.