Today I went to a reunion with my former bosses.

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Mar 8, 2018 23:51
Today I went to a reunion with my former bosses. In the second year at my first school, I was assigned to the International Education Department and I first went abroad for my assignment. At that time we worked together. We call our annual reunion "the Perth Reunion" related to the city where we visited. We talked about many things whilst eating and drinking. A short story which one of them shared impressed me. I want to write it here. He told,
"I had talked with my friend in my home town once a month or two months by phone call. He is taking care of his wife who is in a serious illness. She needs to suppress her symptoms by medicament, but in a result she has lost her spontaneous feelings and all of her social functions. I wanted to help him, so I gave him a new cell phone. You know, au users can call without any fee under our contracts. Then, we started talking every day. At first, I thought that I was helping him, but it was not the fact. Since he didn't have anyone to talk with, he couldn't even speak articulately. However, a while after that, I realised that it was me who was encouraged by the conversations. Good conversations can help our lives!"
I am also the one who believes the power of conversation.
今日、前の上司2人と飲みに行きました。初任校の2年目、私は、国際理解教育部に配属されて、初めて海外へ行きました。その時の校長と部長です。私達は、この毎年の飲み会を、その時訪れた町にちなんで「パース同窓会」と呼んでいます。食べたり飲んだりしながら、いろんな話をしましたが、ある話が特に印象に残りました。
「1か月か2か月に1回、電話で話す友達が地元にいるんだけどね。彼は、病気の奥さんを介護しているんだ。症状を抑えるために強い薬を使っていて、そのために彼女は自然な感情も、日常生活の機能も失ってしまった。僕は彼を励ましてやりたいと思ったんだ。新しい携帯を送った。ほら、auのユーザー同士は、無料で通話出来るだろう。で、毎日話すようになったんだけどね。最初僕は、自分が彼を助けているんだと思っていた。でも、そうじゃなかった。彼は、話し相手がいないから、滑舌も悪くなっていた。でも、しばらくして、僕は気づいたんだ。僕の方も、彼と話すことでどんどん元気になっていっているって。彼といろんな話をすることで、生活に張り合いが出たんだ」
会話には、人を元気にする力があると私も思います。