Last Thursday evening July 18, 2013 the Holy Spirit Choir held a simple tea party at Saint Dominic’s Parish Church Pastoral Center for the advanced birthday celebration of Sir Sky Page, our teacher of English.
Sir Page, a former Viet Nam War US serviceman, came back to this country in 2006 not just for a visit but for a goodwill mission. Since that day on he has helped building classrooms in Đà Nẵng, teaching English in Nha Trang and Sai Gon. He worked just for free. Last June, he was invited to teach English to our choir members.
Cũng trong dịp này, thầy đã bắt tay từng ca viên, từng học viên để dặn dò, cũng như chia sẻ những lời khuyên bổ ích về cách học Anh Văn, trước khi thầy trở về Mỹ vào ngày 20/7.
At the party Sir Page shook hand with each and one of the choir members, recommending them confidence in learning English and success in life.
Sir Page told us that he did not like to say “good-bye” because people do so when someone departs for heaven, but he preferred saying “see you soon”. Yet both teacher and students had to hold back their tears when Sir Page offered the closing prayer and all joining hands sang “Amazing Grace”.
Mặc dù chỉ là tạm chia tay, nhưng cũng khiến thầy trò bịn rịn...
Sir Page flew home in Texas on Saturday July 20, 2013.
Và, một lần nữa cám ơn thầy đã nhiệt tình chỉ bảo từng chút trong cách phát âm.
Thank you, Sir, for helping us to improve our English and appreciating loving and caring friendship.
Chúc thầy luôn khỏe và thượng lộ bình an!
Hy vọng sẽ sớm gặp lại thầy trong thời gian gần nhất.
Have a nice trip home, Sir!
See you soon and may God bless you with good health and happiness.
Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P & MQ
Ảnh: Thảo Linh, Duy Trung