It is easy to forget that unfamiliar and even uncomfortable experiences can bring out the most nurturing side of us. When removed from familiar places, we are forced to actively find common ground with new acquaintances and within unfamiliar cultures.
During my short time in Morocco, I spent many evenings studying Arabic next to my host father, Bouchaib Arioua, who would simultaneously crack open his English textbook. We came from different generations, different cultures and different faiths, but we spent hours every day doing our best to wrap our heads around the other's native language.
Four years later, I still appreciate how Bouchaib would "take care" that I was ready for the next day's classes. I would, as best I could, "take care" to speak with him each day to improve his conversational English.
Pochter's letter should also remind us that the smallest actions can often carry the greatest weight.
As he wrote in his letter, "good friends do not come easily but as a rule, I always appreciate the good deeds people do for me even if I don't know them well."