This is James, my buddy on the Mt Willard hike. James and I met in graduate school. He is a remarkable individual. There is very little in this life that he can’t do.

James came from China three years ago speaking no English. He spent the first year in the US attending a school to teach English to foreign students who want to attend university. The next year, he entered the same program as me. He did the same work as me, though at a slightly slower pace. It was really challenging for him but he persevered and always had a positive attitude.

He’s also done other things while in the US. He’s learned to drive, run marathons, made a road trip to Florida with family visiting from China, and now has climbed a mountain in the snow. Whenever James and I go out together, I always learn something more about the world and how other people see things. I also always have a really good time.

26 thoughts on “James

  1. niasunset

    This is so nice.. for both you… You are lucky, especially n today’s world not easy to find a friend like that… Good Luck for James and wishing a long time friendship… Thank you, Love, nia

  2. Garfield Hug

    Cross cultural learning…you are good to help him integrate. May you both continue in the journey of friendship and may James achieve the dreams he set up to achieve☺

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Garfield. I’ve enjoyed showing James some local things. In return, he’s helped me to understand different perspectives on things and ideas. Cheers!

      1. Garfield Hug

        “Hao” which means 👍good! Next time you meet James, greet him with ” ni hao ma” or how are you! Or ‘zao an’ which is good morning😀

  3. The Coastal Crone

    He is an unusual young man! I have learned from the Asian students that I have come in contact with through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program again this year. He has found a good friend in you!


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