IT FEELS WONDERFUL
1/18/2019 By ABRAHAM REGUNTA
I was in my office doing my work this Wednesday on what appeared to be a normal day, when Carlos Torres came in. He is 14 years old studying in Grade 7. He made himself comfortable in my office and greeted me with a nice smile on his face.
I asked him if he needed any help. He replied in the negative and said that he just wanted to say “Hello” to me and have a chat with me. I told him I was delighted and happy to hear that. I asked him what made him a regular at the Collegium Café. He told me that the Collegium Café always feels like a welcoming and a safe spot to spend time with his friends. He said that he enjoyed the Chess and Carrom tournaments last year and was waiting eagerly for the next event. I asked him how he felt when I reprimanded him and his friends for bad behavior. He said that he knew that I reprimand them because I was trying to correct their mistakes and impart good morals and values in them so that they grow up into successful, law abiding adults. He then quickly added and said, “But Abraham you are not mad at us for too long, generally after 10 minutes you are the same loving and happy person that you have always been”. I smiled at him and told him that I was glad that he understood my intentions.
This was an amazing meeting with Carlos who has always been an over-energetic, hyper child. I recall how he would react when I tried correcting him and he in return would be least interested and would do anything to annoy me. I am glad I never gave up on him. Carlos’ personality has not changed. He is still the same boy who can annoy me. But today he is far more mature than he was. He seems to understand situations better and behaves accordingly. It would not be overstated if I said that when I need an overseer today for my events and I have to choose among the kids he is the first one who comes to my mind. It’s been more than 18 months since I started working with him and I feel absolutely delighted at the change he has made.