|| Chapter 4
Jenny Logue is
5 ft 3 blonde with blue eyes. She has very distinct petit
attractive features. She is most comfortable in her jeans and favorite
sweaters.. People always feel very comfortable around her. Her English
students said she has a personality that could draw the spirits
from heaven. Fitting into the Asian community was never a problem
for Jenny. Sandra had been her best friend since elementary school..they
shared everything. When Jenny went to Berkley..Sandra followed.
Sandra Wang is a spunky rebellious daughter of a prominent Banker
in Chinatown. Mrs. Wang had taken Jenny in after her mother had
died in 1983 and cared for like her own daughter. During the day
Jenny is a Speech and Language Pathologist for Special Needs students
at Pomona Elementary School. Three evenings a week she teaches English
to five Asian immigrants. Her classroom is on the second floor of
the Bank of Canton in Chinatown. After class Sandra usually meets
Jenny at the Chinatown House restaurant for dinner. Sandra owns
a nearby art gallery full of Asian artwork and antiquities. Jenny
has given all of her students American names.. Larry is a 25 year
old man from Thailand. Suzie is a very shy 28 year old woman from
Beijing. Bertha is a humorous chubby little 49 year old Japanese
woman . And, Bob is a very traditional Vietnamese 42 year old gentleman.
They all adore Jenny and look forward to the evenings when they
can practice their new found English skills..
We are near the
end of the class session...
Alright Larry ..have you been practicing?
Yes. Miss Jenny..
(stands up..smiles) Ahem.. Rice.. Right.. Ridiculous..leal..
Very good Larry..now lets try it again.. Rice..Right
Ok.. (nervous) Rice..Right..Ridiculous and REAL
Excellent!! Now you have your homework for Monday..keep
praticing your pronounciation.. You are all doing a wonderful job!
up their backs and bows respectfully to Jenny as they leave the
room.. Bertha is the last one to leave..
Miss Jenny are you ok tonight? You seem very..umm..
how you say..umm.. ple occupied?
Preoccupied.. Yes maybe a little. I had some strange
things happen to me today..
Yes.. I could tell.. The spirits are very close
to you today. But dont worry ev-lything is fine. I have the
gift you know..I can see you have many stories.. (smiles)
Yes.. I believe I do have many stories..Thank
you for telling me that. I feel better now. Now becareful going
down those stairs tonight. We dont want you to have another
tumble. I will see you again on Monday.
Ok Miss Jenny. Have
a nice dinner with Sandra tonight..Tell I say hello..
I will.. Goodnight.
Jenny grabs her
packback from under her desk and slowly walks towards the door...Two
serious looking Asian men open the door. They are dressed in suits
and on is carrying a briefcase..Jenny is nervous..
Im sorry class is over. We have another class
on Monday that starts at 6:30 pm if you would like to come back
Mr. Yi (smiles)
No.. Not me. I am
employed by a very distinguished actor from China who has come to
America to work in Hollywood. However his English is very poor and
we would like your assistance. ( Passes a buisness card to Jenny)
I wont keep you any longer. Please think about my proposal..
If you are interested call the number on the card. The fee will
be $100 per lesson.
hem.. Well.. eh..
yes.. I will have to think about it. Thank you. Ill give you
a call soon to let you know. Good evening Mr. Yi
Good evening Miss Logue.
The two gentlemen leave the classroom
and Jenny flumps onto her chair.. What a day! (Thinks to herself)
$100 per lesson will get me through the Summer months while school
is out .. I wont have to work at Mr. Wangs bank and
I will have time to spare! Wow! I have to go tell Sandra!! She jumps
up and runs down the hallway.. down the stairs and next door to
the Chinatown restaurant
Written by Isabel Hodge