Guadalajara: Getting to Know You

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A student born in Los Angeles loves to read The Cat in the Hat.

 
 
 

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

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