In Pursuit of Happyness

In Language, one of our homework tasks was to watch the movie “In Pursuit of Happyness”, starring Will Smith and his real life son Jayden Smith. The story revolves around this father and son who are abandoned by the wife/mother and, therefore, are left alone living in the breadline. Nevertheless, with great effort… Will they be able to achieve happiness?

In the wake of this movie and the situation of this people, we learned diverse expressions about money and the different economic situations. With this on mind we had to write a letter directed to a friend, asking for money. This is my letter,

Dear friend,

        Lately, things have gone out of my hands and I have become part of a very struggling economic situation. I am writing to you to ask if you could give me a hand and help me overcome this which has been disturbing me and my family along a long period of various months.

        Some months ago, I became a salesman trying to sell a specific piece of medical equipment in order to support my wife, my recent son and me. At the same time that this resulted to be insufficient to sustain my whole family, my marriage turned out to be in the rocks. Therefore, my wife divorced me, believing she would do better on her own, leaving just Christopher Jr. and me trying to make ends meet.

    It wasn’t long till we had to start tightening our belts; for we lost our car, all our possessions and even our house, leaving us nowhere to sleep but in a homeless shelter, at first, and, later, in the subway station, one night that there was no room for us in the shelter.

        Last week, I applied for a stock brokerage internship program. However, I strain to look after my son while meeting the rigorous demands of the internship, in which, besides, I have to keep in the dark the fact that I am a penniless man in the red, hence striving to keep a roof above my child’s head and provide food for his stomach.

        You see, we, my child and I, both always managed to see the light at the end of the tunnel but facing the circumstances in which we are living from hand to mouth, we are unable to get by.

        My conditions are not contemplated by many people. That’s why I am resorting to one of my closest friends. I would appreciate if you could give me some kind of economic support to deal with this problem. I promise that when I get the job, i’ll pay you back.

Always optimistic,

Christopher Gardner

By: Anouk de Laferrere


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