Lessons From ESL
One of the highlights in class is when I introduce the class to slang language. I’ve broken down my son’s favorite, “drawlin'”; explained how one can be “sonned” and explained how “doing the most” is actually a negative expression.
We were discussing sayings, and I told them how my son always feel that I do more for my daughter and vice versa.
“That’s like the five fingers!” Helen, a 72 year old woman from China exclaimed. She held out her hand and showed us that each finger is not the same. She has a saying
“The five fingers are not fair.”
What she meant is that there are different people in this world, and each person has there own strength to add. Despite the differences, we all find a way to work together. Life, like our fingers, will not be equal for all. Each finger has a function independently, but together they serve a greater purpose.
I also found this lovely picture with the same saying from an Afghan Proverb.
What ideas do you have about fingers and fairness?