May 28th, 2012
Two weeks ago there was a holiday known as teacher’s day. It’s a holiday where students thank their former teachers’ and sometimes give them gifts. On the official date I had a few people thank me, and I was given a pin in Korean, that translated to English said “Love Teachers!”
I’m glad they have a holiday to show appreciation for teachers’ in Korea. After seeing how long they stay at work and all the time they put into teaching I have to say I’m glad they have at least one day to be remembered and visited by past students.
Last week I was sitting in the English room relaxing after class and a current 3rd grade student 선종 who I taught last year came in to see me. I hadn’t seen him in few weeks, but I knew he was busy studying. (Like every 3rd grade student in Korean high school) He asked where I was last week, and I told him I was teaching, but that I was always moving around. He smiled, and apologized as he handed me a present, saying he was sorry he didn’t give it to me the week before. I opened it up, and was pleasantly surprised when I saw a green bow tie. I’ve never owned a bow tie in my life, and he told me that he really liked all the “cool” ties that I wore to class so he wanted to get me something that I’d like.
It was a really nice surprise, and something I won’t forget!