On Tuesday, September 27, the following speech was delivered at Chapel by Ana Dinis Perez ’19, who reflected on her grandfather as a Good Samaritan.
Every time I think of a Good Samaritan, my grandfather comes to mind. A tall, serious man sitting on his desk, writing in his notebook, and walking around the bakery. He was a small business owner and about 45 years ago, established a little bakery in a forgotten town, in the middle of nowhere. Little by little, his bakery grew. As a businessman, he met many people from different walks of life and from them he learned many of the valuable lessons life gives us. Even though he was a very busy individual, he was able to find the time to teach me some of the lessons he had learned throughout his life.
I noticed that he would always be helping other people, even if they did not deserve it. Sometimes people would ask him, “Why are you so helpful to people that are always trying to hurt you?” And he would answer, “You’ll see.” At first, I did not understand what he was talking about, or what I was supposed to see. However, as time passed, I realized that the more he helped others, the better his life would get. It was almost as if, someone or something was repaying him for all his good deeds and selfless acts of kindness. And consequently, I learned the valuable lesson of selflessness and how to put others before myself.
My grandfather would also tell me that life is like a book, and like before, I did not realize what he was trying to get at. But as I grew older, I began to see that he was right–Life is like a book. It has settings, complications, a climax, and a resolution. It is filled with stories from the past and as we go through our lives; our testimonies, our journeys, and our experiences are all written down and added to the Book of Life. Every action and decision that we make leaves its mark on the world, whether we see it or not. We each have a story to tell, and it is up to us to decide which story we leave behind.
My grandfather was a strong man with a strong vision. He wanted the best for people and enjoyed the little things in life. He will always be remembered as a hard-worker, a fighter, as a giving person, and as a Good Samaritan.