One of my favorite students this year is a 3rd grader named Gi-Tae (박기태). All of the third graders seem to like me, but this kid jumps at every chance to interact with me. At least once a day, while walking down the hall, I hear “TAFT!!!!! TAFT!!!!! TAFT!!!!….hello Taft how are you I’m fine and you.”
A couple of weeks ago, I ran into him while walking to school. I turned a corner a few blocks from school and there were Gi-Tae and his mother. He asked his mother if he could walk with me, and she said yes. He ran over, grabbed my hand and said “같이 가고싶어요” (I want to walk together). I said OK, of course.
The next day, Gi-Tae was waiting in the same spot. Now he is always waiting for me.
This morning, he was a bit late, so I continued to school. About two blocks later, I heard “TAFT!!!!! TAFT!!!!! 기다리다!!!! (WAIT!!!).” I had my phone out, so I got a great picture.
Why didn’t I choose elementary school from the beginning? It’s so much better than high school!
Until next time.