Day 26: Surprised by joy

April 13, 2010 Posted by Alfredo. Category: Journal,Photography. Tags: , ,
Surprised by joy!

Letters can draw a smile in your face!

It’s been a while since I wrote on my blog, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been taking pictures, I just been busy taking them. Last weekend I had the privilege to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Jinhae, it was like being in Cherry Blossom Land, everywhere you turned there were cherry blossoms, it was a great time to be with friends and enjoy the majesty of these beautiful flowers.

Surprised by joy? That’s correct, today as I was giving my third class, the secretary came rushing to the classroom with a Fedex envelope in hand, the whole class was interrupted, all eyes were on the envelope, little girls whispering in the back, and as I opened it very carefully, Pyeonji! One of the kids said very disappointed, it turned out to be a letter inside, most of the kids were disappointed too (probably they were expecting chocolates or something), but I wasn’t, it made my day. How wonderful is to receive something from so far away, every time it happens, I can’t help imagining that person writing it, hearing the words coming out like if he or she would be right there. I am not going to tell who wrote it, because it’s irrelevant, I think is obvious this person is very dear to me. You see, there is always something special about letters, something that you can feel with your hands, something you can see and even smell. This letter was extra special though, and as C.S. Lewis would put it, I was “Surprised by joy”, not because I received the letter (I was told it was coming), instead I was moved by the joy I felt within after reading it. Thank you, secret source.

If I can give you an advice, find someone to write, someone that you care about, and then write! I promise it will transcend any number of emails you can send. And at the very least, you will draw a smile on his or her face that day.


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