Winston got to visit his Grass Class in his old school. He was happy but experienced a strange feeling as he told me. He asked me why the Grass Class did not want him anymore. I was shocked at hearing this and asked him why he felt so. He told me there were 4 new students in the class so they did not want him anymore. I told him the same situation he was in his new class in the new school. He realized that having new students does not mean they don't like the old ones. But he surely would feel something different because he could not catch up with what they were doing now and it would need time for him to familiarize with old friends. I only let him play with the kids for 30 minutes, it would be too cruel for a kid to come and go. So, maybe keeping old good memories is enough and better for him. That gave me an idea not to visit the school I taught before.
I always felt that the best teachers for kids was the ones with love and patience. And that is always the main criteria I used to judge a teacher no matter what degree or diploma she ore he holds. So far, Winston has been lucky in meeting teachers, old and new. Even now, although the patterns of teaching and learning are different and may be not as good as the ones in Taiwan, the teachers in Winston's new class are nice and good.
Something I like best about Taiwan is--People. People are more friendly and unselfish. Of course, we always felt that the 5th grade and 6th grade (people who were born in the 1960s and 1970s) did better than the 7th grade in terms of attitudes, values, and others... But when we took HSR from Taoyuan to Taichung, a young man at about early 20s changed seat with us voluntarily. We did not ask him. We were only discussing who would sit where and very soon he stood up to let us sit in the same row. What a young generation! That was a valuable good deed which was very hard to be found in China. Here, you should feel lucky if no one block your way or cut in your waiting line.
Even for some young foreigners, I was surprised to know that they pay special love and care to stray animals in Taiwan. I felt ashamed that I did not do anything not-for-myself or not-for-money in Taiwan, or in China. I respect their voluntary efforts for the animals in Taiwan. I posted their blog addresses in my blog for reference. It is weird that I could not access their websites. Maybe they talked about human rights or mentioned something politically about Taiwan or China. If so, I am sure not able to access it. But for others in other places except China, I am sure they can get in.
Time went so fast. I did not have enough time to do many things. I did not even get to see my neighbors next door but I did see one back-door neighbor. I doubt they were out for vacation. I did not have time to meet all my old colleagues but only Jane who had been helping watching my house. So, I asked my neighbor to send my greetings to other neighbors and asked Jane to send my greetings to other colleagues. Next time, when I go back, I am sure to have more time.
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