Yesterday morning when I came to the entry door for the school, there was a mother and daughter sitting on the step. I greeted them in Spanish, so the mother began to talk with me. They are from El Salvador. It was her daughter’s first day of school in the USA. So here was this little girl in 4th grade about to begin school for the first day in a place completely foreign to her where everyone speaks a language she doesn’t know.
I helped them go to the front desk and found out her classroom. I asked her if she was hungry, “tienes hambre” because she could have had free school breakfast. She ate breakfast at home she told me in Spanish. Then I looked at her and said, “El Salvador. Pupusas. Te gusta pupusas?” Pupusas is a delcious food from El Salvador that I love. She answered yes but in Spanish. Then I asked her-“puedes comer ocho pupusas?” can you eat eight pupusas. She giggled and answered no. When I told her, “yo puedo comer ocho pupusas” I can eat eight pupusas, she giggled some more.
I introduced her to her teacher in Spanish and went to my classroom. Later when I was in the teacher’s lounge and her classroom teacher was talking about it, another teacher said, “can you imagine how she felt that someone spoke to her in her language her first day.”
It seemed like a small fun thing to me, but after the comment of my colleague, I realized what seemed like a simple small thing to me was perhaps huge to a little girl who was perhaps nervous about her first day in a strange place.
Children need blessings. Jesus blessed children. It is simple logic. If Jesus felt and feels it is important to bless children, we should too.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
16 thoughts on “Her First Day of School in America”
Thanks for this, Matt. Great testimony!
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Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:27 AM
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jesusluvsall posted: ” Yesterday morning when I came to the entry door for the school, there was a mother and daughter sitting on the step. I greeted them in Spanish, so the mother began to talk with me. They are from El Salvador. It was her daughter’s first day of school in t”
Thank you Jim. How is life on your side of the pond?
When I first came to this country my younger son was in kindergarten and he always used to get upset as why nobody understands him. At that time he used to understand English but couldn’t phrase a whole sentence in English.
Now he is doing great 😊
Wonderful he is doing great. Children can learn quickly
Wonderful! This is so nice. Yes, that simple conversation with that sweet little girl set her at ease and help her to face the new school year. I don’t think she will ever forget that encounter. I can see Jesus doing the same thing that you did. He loves the little children. God bless you my friend.
Thank you little sister. I saw again the next day and she was smiling
That is great. I am sure she looks forward to school in the morning knowing she might meet the nice gentleman again.
She smiles each time I see her
Anytime we can make a child smile is a good day.
Aww. That was really nice – you made her first day. I believe that experience will always be one she remembers. 😊
She is a sweet girl
So true, children needs attention
Yes they do
Having a conversation with someone is so underrated. It’s the tiniest act of kindness that goes unnoticed
Small acts of kindness can be meaningful. She is in an ELL class next to my classroom, so I greet her every day