The Oxford Gardener tells the story of a man who, one fine day, sees his dreams truncated, however, this setback is what makes him become one of the most important men in all of England. How do i do it? With a great desire to improve and a great desire to fulfill their dreams. And it is that, sometimes, a setback can put us on the right path.
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Once upon a time, a gardener who came to Oxford from his little village loaded with dreams and illusions to succeed. He went straight to see the dean of the University to ask him for a job and, looking at him very seriously, he said:
- Yes! The truth is that these gardens are in need of repair. I'm going to hire you, come here and fill out these papers.
The gardener suddenly reddened, his eyes turned sad and looking at the ground, He confessed that he could neither read nor write. But later, she looked at him with hope and said that He was a hard worker and always did his best.
- You will not regret it! Said the gardener.
The dean, however, did not take pity on him and He sent him to study, because at Oxford, there couldn't be anyone who couldn't read or write.
The gardener, dejected, sat in front of the great entrance gate of the University thinking what he could do, his illusions of success had flown like smoke, he had no money and did not want to return to his village. Then, he took out a large sandwich, which his mother had prepared for him, and began to eat it so that he could think clearly, when, suddenly, a student approached him:
Hey, that loaf looks great. I have an exam now and I could use great energy with that sandwich you have. I buy it to you!
The gardener didn't even think about it, offered him the loaf and collected his money. While looking at the coins that the student had given him, a great idea occurred to him, and that is, he was illiterate, but also very smart and hard-working. He would be able to outdo himself!
The next day, the gardener brought his bag full of sandwiches, all very well made and of good quality. He stood in the same Oxford gate and in half an hour, he had sold them all.
Little by little, the gardener increased his profits: the next day he sold 50 sandwiches, a week he had already bought a table with the profits to be able to put 100 sandwiches, and so on. The gardener worked day and night, looking for the best and invested his money in increasing the business. That is how, from his small position at the entrance gate to Oxford, he went on to rent a small shop near the University.
Students were lining up to get one of the gardener's magnificent snacks. Some time later, he bought another place and that's how it grew until he had a chain of sandwich shops all over England.
Years later, as an old man, he received a letter from the Queen of England herself, it was an invitation to receive a grand prize: 'Your Majesty, you have the honor to award you the medal for work and effort'the letter said.
The gardener, very nervous, on the day of the celebration put on his best clothes ... he was going to meet the queen! In the middle of the party, the Queen of England herself approached him, placed a medal around his neck and said:
- Wow, you have achieved quite an achievement, it is worthy of praise! Here you sign this diploma with me, which you can keep as a memory forever.
The gardener reddened again, his eyes turned gray as years ago, he raised his eyes sadly and said to the queen:
- Your Majesty, I can't read or write.
- Does not know? And have you achieved all this success without knowing how to read or write? I can't imagine what I would have been able to do if I had learned!
- I do majesty, he would have been a gardener at Oxford.
Adaptation of an anonymous story
1. Why didn't the dean of Oxford University agree to let the gardener work there?
2. What did the gardener do to get money so he would not have to go back to his village?
3. Why did the Queen of England award the gardener a medal?
4. What values do you think the gardener had to be successful?
5. What have you learned from this story?
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