Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Being a father
A Japanese student left Leeds Trinity just before Christmas and returned home. She gave me a "thank you" card - most Asian students I know are good at observing the proper courtesies. I put the card up on my shelf for a while and then I picked it up recently to dispose of it. I re-read her words, which had very evidently been carefully crafted: "Thank you for being with us father. You are a father to us all." I felt immensely moved. The words seemed to have a greater import precisely because of the length of time that it must have taken her to write them.