importance of being kind
Last weekend there was a big celebration in Olomouc, when the famous
Holy Trinity Column (built in the 18th century in commemoration of the
Plague) was listed as a UNESCO monument – a rare occasion, taking place
only about once every 35 years in any country.
Many buildings normally closed to the public, were open. So I walked
through halls older than the Declaration of US Independence, many of
them built even before Columbus set foot on a small Caribbean island.
Olomouc is a very ancient city with a beautiful historical centre.
In the evening on the main square, 200 singers and actors interpreted
CARMINA BURANA, the famous cantata composed in 1935 by CARL ORFF
(born in Munich on 10th July, 1895, died on March 29, 1982 at the age
of 87). An audience of thousands filled the Old Square. The songs were
in Latin, it was great and there were fireworks at the end. I really
enjoyed the music (I was also near the orchestra and chorus), the
experience of listening to the 'live' masterpiece was very
intense. (Just like a painting, the original is always the best.)
Guess who was standing next to me, enjoying the event? – Mr. PEPRNIK!
Yes, this legendary man who has more diploma certificates than one can
imagine on the walls of his home (I have not been there, I only suspect
this) and has so many titles before and after his name that, if
he wrote them all every time he signed anything, there would be no
space left for his name – the man whose name is stated as author of
countless books on English grammar, the English language and
English-speaking countries (and probably he himself does not know the
exact number, as he continually creates newer ones).
What is the probability of such a meeting in a crowd of thousands of
Quite small, I suppose. But it was really he, in person...
"Good evening, Mr Peprnik!" I greeted him.
He seemed happy to see me......perhaps also because I had given him
many kilograms of brochures and maps of most of the U.S. states. I'd
had the brochures because some time ago I wrote to the local Chamber of
Commerce of every single state within the USA to request
information. In the following months, I received maps, brochures
and other information from most of the 50 states. Afterwards, having
finished my studies, I realised that I did not really need so much
information and so I gave everything to Mr Peprnik, believing that he
would have better use for them. (Misha saw me delivering the bags to
him, shortly before her first departure to the US.)
However, in exchange, although I did not want anything, he gave me a
book of several great theatrical plays (in English, of course) - he
claimed he had two copies of it. I am sorry I did not ask him to sign
Conclusion: BE KIND TO OTHERS. OTHERS WILL BE KIND TO YOU.
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