My students are very kind.
Sometimes they are too kind in a cute way and also in a funny way.
On the first day of my class, two female students waited for me at the place the bus stopped. They led me to the room where I can get a Chinese steamed meat bun and a tea egg as my breakfast. At that time I didn’t have my coupons yet so they confiscated one coupon for me from one of the other teachers. (Sorry!) They waited until I ate up the breakfast there, and then took me to our class room. After the class was over, again they sent me to the same place where I could get on the bus. They waited for my bus with me and got me on the bus when it arrived. They happily waved their hands as I watched them from the window of the bus. That was very kind and I thought it was a nice way to welcome new teacher.
Next week, they were waiting for me again just like the first time. I didn’t expect that, nor I didn’t ask them at all. They came voluntarily. Maybe they might be veeery kind or it might be a kind of Chinese cultural courtesy. Another possibility would be that they regard me as incompetent to find the class room on my own. I was not sure why they came but I never asked them because I didn’t want to hurt their feelings nor mine. They always came and waited for me before/after the class every time after that.
Three months passed. Summer and autumn were over and air started to get chilly.
The last week of November, all of sudden they asked me with a lot of hesitation.
“ Would you mind if we won’t come anymore?”
They said very shyly, “It’s getting so hard for us to get up early now.”
See? My students are cute and the same time funny.
I, of course said to them, “ I don’t mind at all and I like you two to get 15 more minutes of sleep in your warm bed in the morning.”
Then they showed me a big smile. So they stopped coming.
Oh, did I tell you that they are not pupils in grade school?
FYI, my students go to one of the top universities in China.
Anyway, I lost my chaperone but I got my freedom instead.
It's time to be independent, eh?