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tutorheatherSuper Member!

United States

March 12, 2012

Hi all,

Thank you so much for your many friend requests.

During such times of world struggle and strife, offers of friendship and communication are of such value.

By reaching out to one another and making "real" connections, we are showing the world that the dividers which come between us are less important than our humanity.  In so many ways we are all the same and in some ways, of course, we are different.

However, there are some universal human truths. We all want to be safe and healthy. We want to learn as much as we can, enjoy life, take care of our family and friends and achieve success. Many of us dream of helping others, no matter their place of origin, language, religion, ethnicity, etc.  I dreamt of being a teacher since I was a little girl, and the race or birthplace of my students never seemed a limitation. I suppose I always believed, even when I didn't quite understand since I was so young, that love is truly universal. No matter what we see in the media and hear on the news, most of us just want to show love and friendship to one another, and EnglishBaby is a perfect example of that desire.

I wish I could personally enjoy a friendship with each of you. I wish I could spend time chatting and offering free classes, but I cannot as this is my only source of income. I am self supporting, and, as such, every penny I make as a teacher goes to basic living expenses such as housing and medical care. I have struggled with many significant health issues over the last several years, and unlike many other countries, the US does not offer government subsidized health care to most hard-working citizens. For example, I recently had surgery, but only spent 3 days in the hospital. My bill was over 200,000 USD. For me, that will take a few lifetimes (meaning it's impossible) to pay!

So, as you can see, I have to use every minute possible trying to earn a very basic living being a teacher. I work overnights and weekends, rarely getting time to sleep.  If I don't use most of my time to make an income, I would not be able to have a computer connection or even a place to live.

So, I hope you can understand that I am not ignoring your emails asking for chats off EB. I wish I could honor each one. If I weren't in my particular financial situation, I would offer free classes because I know so many people are also struggling financially.

If you have a particular English question, please send it along and I will try to answer to it as quickly as possible. I will try to maintain a presence here on EB so people know that I care very much about everyone here who is admirably seeking more knowledge. I will also post as much as possible.

Thanks so much for reading this and please know each of your emails is carefully read. And, if I do have time, I will certainly respond.

For those who wish to have classes, please send me an email and we can set up a time to chat.

"See" you soon,

Heather Cook, M.Ed.

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06:23 PM Mar 18 2012



Hi, Heather, wishing you fast recovery. Money's important but health is more precious. So, get better soon!