It was a regular day at work with two conversation classes. A lot of students showed up for the first time this semester. As I had expected, some waited until Chuseok was over. Therefore, I needed to have them do ice-breaking activities right away. After that, though, I taught lesson one of the textbook.
Colleagues stopped to speak briefly. The French teacher chatted with me for the first time this semester. He is always quite vivacious. As usual, N, the Russian prof, dropped by to greet me. She is happy because her husband visited her. Y dropped by my office to tell me about her wonderful weekend spent with her son. I let her go on and on explaining all the details because it was making her happy to do so; anyway, there was not much time as she visited me a only about fifteen minutes before the start of her next class.
I have a new political ally. He happens to be a colleague from work and KOTESOL. He is the one keen on organizing the peace poetry event, and he is positively bubbly forth with other ideas for social action. He wants to support a concert by a progressive anti-war and labor singer-songwriter. He is also full of ideas regarding what the poetry event might produce, such as a peace poetry contest. This is good. I invited him into TEA-KOR and I want to introduce him to our ILPS Discussion Group. He may attend our discussion that I just set for October 3, as he will be in Seoul for the KOTESOL international conference that weekend, as will I, in any case.
I feel peaceful inside. I feel complete having recently met someone that I connected so well with I could call a “soul-mate”, even though the period spent in each other’s company was so brief. I feel satisfied and accomplished that such an encounter finally happened in my life. I now know what I heard can be called “true love.”
Another marvelous thing about today: I saw the news regarding my friends in Productions Multimondes film making and publishing. A documentary they helped to create and release one two major Canadian awards: the Gemini awards for best social issue documentary and best script. I visited them last year and saw clips of this film while they were editing it and promoting it. The subject is the student strike against tuition fee increases that lasted several months and won in Quebec. I know how hard they worked on this creation. It is a very significant accomplishment in many ways.