A 91 year old man translated me into Māori

Yesterday I received a handwritten letter in the mail – an actual letter in the actual post – from a man who wrote his age at the end with a cheeky exclamation mark: 91!

His letter read:

Dear Marcel, I belong to a very small tutorial class (3) of Te Reo aspirants. We each present a small korero every Thursday. I chose to translate portions of your One Last Opinion as I have always enjoyed your kupu.

He enclosed a photocopy of his speech. Note that he has made corrections by sticking smaller pieces of paper onto the main page. My wife said it makes her feel really good about humanity to know that a 91 year old is learning Māori. For me, there are so many warm fuzzies involved here that I don’t quite know where to start.

Te reo Marcel