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An example of serious courage:  at a McDonald's I drove-through fairly late one night last week an apparently-teenage girl with a heavy Spanish accent was taking the orders, taking the money, making the change, pumping the milkshake, handing out the bag, handling one customer's money while taking another's order — all in a language that is foreign to her.  It was impressive to me.  Inspiring.  I hope she gets everything she wants in life. 

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  • October 2, 2011 at 4:17 am Reply

    What a beautiful, terse tribute to this girl, to working immigrants we forget to see as inspiring. Thank you for this, Peggy. Really makes my day.   

    • October 2, 2011 at 11:50 am Reply

      And this is your field, isn’t it, Jodi? Workplace psychology?

  • October 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm Reply

    u have a big & compassionate heart — how folks can do what she does is unbelievable to me !

    • October 5, 2011 at 9:12 am Reply

      Thanks, Aiki. The thought of combining cash register/change-making with foreign language in the same moment is pretty staggering to me.

  • October 5, 2011 at 11:01 am Reply

    When I find one who is really doing her job well, I compliment her and tell the manager. It's a big plus to me if they smile while doing it!

    • October 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm Reply

      My husband is really good about doing that, Kenju. He seems to brighten the day of lots of underappreciated, highly competent people. And being a psychotherapist, he’s good at it.

  • October 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm Reply

    And that young woman probably doesn't even realize how incredibly gifted she truly is.  I hope that there is someone in her life who remind her from time to time.  Maybe you should send a complimentary note to her bosses?  They probably do not even understand how lucky they are to have her as a dedicated employee.  What a wonderful boost it would be for her to know how much you appreciated her diligence and hard work.

    • October 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm Reply

      Good idea, Debbie. And the thing is — there are lots of people who are managing to do this– I think it’s taken for granted, in general.

      Good to hear from you — will now come to visit you and see what has been happening. I’m behind….

  • October 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm Reply

    I teach ESOL students and I share your wish as well.  I don't think most people understand how hard it is for others to learn English.  Thank you for your compassion.

    • October 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm Reply

      One of my stepsons teaches English in Saudi Arabia. I admire what you both do. I also love the line-up of old books on your blog.

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