One of the best things about travel is not “seeing the sights,” but getting to know other people.
When I volunteered to teach English to children in Guadalajara in the summer of 2016, I was fortunate to be able to make a six-week commitment.
During that time, I learned that two of my young students, B and his sister N, were American citizens, born in Los Angeles. Both of them knew some English.
B and N are in my class again this summer. One day B came dressed in a T-shirt emblazoned with “Thing 1” on the front.
“Thing 1,” I said with surprise. “Have you read…”
“The Cat in the Hat?” B finished my sentence.
We laughed together.
But here’s the thing: I never would have known about B’s fascination with Dr. Seuss if I had been only a casual tourist passing through Guadalajara.
I had to stay here a while, and be with B nearly every day, to be rewarded with his laughter, a token of our friendship.
Little brown sparrow,
the song rushing from your beak
startles a cricket.
Text and photo © 2017 by Mark M. Redfearn, all rights reserved