美文:即使永远到不了远方 也该有公平尝试的机会

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28 The Empty Easter Egg


(From dobhran.com)

(译 / 萨博)

Jeremy was born with a twisted body and a slow mind. At the age of 12 he was still in second grade, seemingly unable to learn. His teacher,Doris Miller, often became exasperated with him . He would squirm in his seat, drool , and make grunting noises. At other times, he spoke clearly and distinctly, as if a spot of light had penetrated the darkness of his brain. Most of the time, however, Jeremy just irritated his teacher.


One day she called his parents and asked them to come in for a consultation. As the Forresters entered the empty classroom, Doris said to them, "Jeremy really belongs in a special school. It isn't fair to him to be with younger children who don't have learning problems. Why, there is a five year gap between his age and that of the other students."


Mrs. Forrester cried softly into a tissue, while her husband spoke.


Miss Miller,he said, "there is no school of that kind nearby. It would be a terrible shock for Jeremy if we had to take him out of this school. We know he really likes it here."


Doris sat for a long time after they had left, staring at the snow outside the window. Its coldness seemed to seep into her soul. She wanted to sympathize with the Forresters. After all, their only child had a terminal illness . But it wasn't fair to keep him in her class. She had 18 other youngsters to teach, and Jeremy was a distraction. Furthermore, he would never learn to read and write. Why waste any more time trying?


As she pondered the situation, guilt washed over her. Here I am, she thought. Lord, please help me to be more patient with Jeremy. From that day on, she tried hard to ignore Jeremy's noises and his blank stares.

在她反复思量现状时,一种负罪感涌遍了全身。她对自己说:我在此祈祷,上帝啊,请帮助我,让我对杰里米耐心一些吧。从那天 起,她尽量去忽略杰里米发出的怪声音和他空洞的眼神。

Then one day, he limped to her desk, dragging his bad leg behind him. "I love you, Miss Miller," he exclaimed, loud enough for the whole class to hear. The other students snickered, and Doris' face turned red.


She stammered , "Wh - why that's very nice, Jeremy. N - now please take your seat."


Spring came, and the children talked excitedly about the coming of Easter . Doris told them the story of Jesus, and then to emphasize the idea of new life springing forth , she gave each of the children a large plastic egg.


Now, she said to them, "I want you to take this home and bring it back tomorrow with something inside that shows new life. Do you understand?"

“现在,”她对孩子们说,“请把它带回家,明天再带到学校来, 明天来的时候,里面要装上可以代表新生命的东西。听懂了吗?”

Yes, Miss Miller, the children responded enthusiastically - all except for Jeremy. He listened intently; his eyes never left her face. He did not even make his usual noises. Had he understood what she had said about Jesus's death and resurrection ? Did he understand the assignment?


Perhaps she should call his parents and explain the project to them. That evening, Doris' kitchen sink stopped up . She called the landlord and waited an hour for him to come by and unclog it. After that, she still had to shop for groceries, iron a blouse , and prepare a vocabulary test for the next day. She completely forgot about phoning Jeremy's parents.


The next morning, 19 children came to school, laughing and talking as they placed their eggs in the large wicker basket on Miss Miller's desk. After they completed their math lesson, it was time to open the eggs.


In the first egg, Doris found a flower.


Oh yes, a flower is certainly a sign of new life, she said. "When plants peek through the ground, we know that spring is here."


A small girl in the first row waved her arm. "That's my egg, Miss Miller," she called out.


The next egg contained a plastic butterfly, which looked very real.Doris held it up.


We all know that a caterpillar changes and grows in to a beautiful butterfly. Yes, that's new life, too.


Little Judy smiled proudly and said, "Miss Miller, that one is mine."


Next, Doris found a rock with moss on it. She explained that moss, too, showed life.


Billy spoke up from the back of the classroom, "My daddy helped me," he beamed .


Then Doris opened the fourth egg. She gasped. The egg was empty.


Surely it must be Jeremy's, she thought, and of course, he did not understand her instructions. If only she had not forgotten to phone his parents. Because she did not want to embarrass him, she quietly set the egg aside and reached for another.

这肯定是杰里米的了,她想。杰里米当然没听懂她的要求。要是自己没忘了给他的父母打电话交代该多好。多丽丝不想让杰里米难 堪,于是悄悄地将那个蛋壳放到一边,伸手去拿下一个。

Suddenly, Jeremy spoke up. "Miss Miller, aren't you going to talk about my egg?"


Flustered , Doris replied, "But Jeremy, your egg is empty."


He looked into her eyes and said softly, "Yes, but Jesus's tomb was empty, too."


Time stopped. When she could speak again, Doris asked him, "Do you know why the tomb was empty?"


Oh, yes, Jeremy said. "Jesus was killed and put in there. Then His Father raised Him up."


The recess bell rang. While the children excitedly ran out to the schoolyard, Doris cried. The cold inside her melted completely away.


Three months later, Jeremy died. Those who paid their respects at the mortuary were surprised to see 19 eggs on top of his casket , all of them empty.

三个月以后,杰里米死了。来殡仪馆吊唁的人们都惊奇地发现, 杰里米的棺材上面摆着19个蛋,每个蛋都是空的。

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