First Published: Dec.27.2018
After being away from Iran, for 16 years, he decided to pay a visit. One day, he borrowed his brother’s car to re-live his good old days in Tehran.
At a traffic light on a busy street, a 14-15-year-old boy asked for his permission to wash the windshield of his car. He nodded and the boy started to wash the windshield very fast and clean. He tipped the boy $20 USA.
The boy asked: “Do you live in the USA?”
He said: “Yes.”
The boy answered: “Can I give your money back and instead ask you some questions?”
He said: “Have you had lunch? Let’s have lunch together.”
The boy jumped into his car.
“How old are you my son?” He asked.
The boy said: “Sixteen. I will graduate from high school this year.”
He said: “Isn’t the age of graduation 18?”
The boy said: “Yes, but I can graduate this year because I am a top student in the school, and studied and passed two years in the summer time.”
He asked: “Why do you work my dear?”
The boy responded: “I lost my father when I was 2 years old. My mother cooks for a wealthy family. My sister and I work too so we can pay the rent and expenses.”
They went to a restaurant and talked for 2 hours. He was a smart boy; he even spoke English very well.
The boy said: “Is it true that smart kids can get a scholarship and study in the USA for free?”
“Yes son, it is true. If you hand me all needed documents I will follow up for you when I return to the USA.” He said.
He dropped the boy to their rented home after the restaurant and the boy promised to gather all his documents before the man returned to the USA.
After six months, with the help of his friend who was a lawyer, he sent an invitation to that 16-year-old boy. After another six months, his very kind wife and he picked the boy up from Los Angles airport.
Two years after this date, the boy’s name was published in the New York Times as the youngest Engineer of Modern Technology. He was very proud of the boy. His wife sent an invitation to the boy’s mother and sister and brought them to the USA. When they had dinner together one night, he saw the boy was washing his car’s windshield. The man jumped towards the boy and said: “Why are you doing this?”
The boy said: “I don’t want to ever forget how you changed my life.”
The boy now is an important professor at Harvard University and their friendship never ended.