September 20, 2010
This week, we have a storey written by Gurmit Sidhu, from Delta, BC. Gurmit is enrolled in ESL classes at the Delview Adult Learning Centre in Delta. The story below was a winner in the 2nd Annual Writing Contest sponsored by the Association of BC Teachers of English as an Additional Language (BC TEAL), UBC Bookstore, and Cambridge University Press. Gurmit received a $100 gift certificate to The UBC Bookstore. His story was also submitted in the ESL Learners Benchmark Level 3-4 Students.
This story is my true life story. I came to Canada on April 18, 2008. That day I was very happy, because that day my life's aim was successful. After three days when I came to Canada, the time was around 9:30 P.M. I was eating dinner. I said to my wife, "I am going for a walk" my wife said to me, "Don’t go out side because you are new and you don’t have area information just wait. After I wash the dishes I will go with you" I said, "oh no, don’t worry. I will walk only around the block, not a long walk" okay, my wife said "than I went for a walk, but I went for a long walk and I got lost my home. I didn’t have a cell phone. I was going to many different streets. But I don’t find my home. I was very sad. I didn’t have a wallet. I didn’t have any I.D at about 10:30P.M, out side it was very dark. I was going to a street and I saw two ladies walking on the street. Then I went near the ladies, but the ladies didn't look at me. I said Hi, Please help me. I came to Canada recently. I came for a walk and I here missed my home. My home is at 7672-115A Street. Please help me." But these ladies were scared. They said, I don’t know, I don’t know". I repeated, "Please help me". They didn’t give me an answer. Why, I don’t know. They still walked on. I was so sad, "so I requested to God, "Please help me and I still walked on different streets. More cars were going on the street. I said stop. But no car stopped. I was still walking. I saw still walking. I saw one more car that came my side. I said, "Stop, stop car". It stopped and one young man came out and he said, "What’s the problem". I said I came to Canada three days ago. I can’t find my home, please help me. He said don’t worry, what can I do for you". I said do you have a cell phone". He said yes. I said, "Please call my wife and tell her this address. He said ok, Then he called to my wife and said ok, then he called to my wife and told her husband missed his home. My wife said, "I will come", and with in 5 minutes. My wife came there. Then I went home with my wife. I was 11:10 P.M. I am really thankful to that young man.
[This story was taken with permission from Groundwork, Fall 2010, published by the Adult Basic Education Association of BC (ABEABC).]