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- BBC방송국 Personnel, Journalist Training & Occupational Health Depts.
- The British Library, Oriental and Indian Office Collections
- 재직시 The Poetry Society(London)회원
- 애틀랜타 문학회 회원
- 애틀랜타신인문학상 우수상 수상

Another interesting day

강창오2022.03.26 12:14조회 수 15댓글 2

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“Achoo!” I couldn’t hold in a sneeze while taking a sip of coffee that had tickled

my throat. I startled myself and looked around the corner of the shopping mall. A young man who was entering the adjacent shop said “Bless you” to me in a

beaming face. I said “Thank you” and got my head around. A woman who looked local, about mid-40s was sitting the other side of the table said, “It went down the wrong pipe" pointing at my coffee cup. She then produced a tissue packet and

asked if I wanted to use it. I thanked her and tried to pick a piece out. She said,

“You can have this whole packet” and showed me an extra packet taking out of

her pocket.


I took the packet but was curious about her accent. I asked her what her mother tongue was. She said “Armenian”. I said “Oh, are you from Yerevan, next to

Baku of Azerbaijan?”. She looked a bit surprised and said, “You know the region quite well. But I was born and bred in Khartoum Sudan”. “Sudan? It must’ve

been unusual detour for you get to London leaving from Yerevan”, I jokingly

added. She explained happily, “My father in fact lived in Turkey and the Turks

began to persecute Christians. He and fellow Armenians escaped in a ship

which happened to land in Sudan. He later joined British Army, fought during the WWII and emigrated to the UK in 1971 when I was seven years old”.


While we were talking the young man who had said “Bless you” to me earlier

came out and stood by her. I realised that he might’ve been her son or they were

evidently related. I sort of responded her in a few things with the geographical

features of Armenia and Sudan which clearly impressed her. And then, I asked if her father’s escape from the persecution took place when the genocide against Armenians was being carried out by the Ottoman Empire (Turkey). She

immediately stood up in awe and bowed and thanked me many times. She

emphasised that I was the first person she met in the UK, who was

understanding their painful past. The young man also smiled and nodded at me

in appreciative way. This time, I stood up and said, “It was nice to have met you and talked with you. I’ve got to go”. She almost grabbed my hand but put her

hand out firmly for a handshake. I had to decline it due to the situation, put my

elbow out instead and then we departed.


On returning to the car park, I first scanned my ticket which shown £4.00 on the screen but the coin slot was still shut. I was briefly puzzled with and, then a

young Asian (Indian origin?) girl threw a word over my shoulder. “It is card only”. “Oh”, I was about to move to another machine located the other side. She then, unexpectedly put her card on the button and said, “Done”. I thanked her and

tried to give her the money. She said, “Don’t worry, you don’t need. You may

share it with someone who needs”. I was quite touched by her instant act and

kind words.


“There are still good hearted people around”, I thought to myself. It was another day I came out to explore out of boredom but rather an interesting one.

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  • 오스만 제국과 아르메니아 사이의 역사 공부를 해보고 싶은 과제를 얻어 갑니다.


    4파운드면 5달러 정도 되는 건가요?

    창오님의 글에서 5달러 이상의 훈훈한 마음을 얻고 갑니다. ㅎ

  • 강 선생님!

    앞으로도 자주 영어 공부할 기회를

    주시기 바랍니다.

    LA, CA 의 Korea Town 북쪽에

    Armania사람들이 많이 살던데 아마

    약소국에다 빈국인가 봅니다.

    좋은 공부했습니다. 감사합니다^^^

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