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他打开了我的心灵

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  He Opened My Mind

  

  He sat on the lawn, a hard cardboard lying before him, his dog squatting beside him. On the cardboard it wrote, “I’m in trouble, feeling very hungry and begging for your help.”

  I was a woman who was easily moved when I saw someone need help. For my peculiarity, my husband both loved and hated. I pulled over our van, watching the man and his dog from therearview mirror. He was still very young, perhaps only 40 years old. He wrapped his head with a large handkerchief, just like a motorcyclist or a pirate. He was dirty with a scraggly beard. All he had was only a small parcel. No one stopped for him. I saw other drivers only see him once and immediately looked away.

  It was hot outside. From the man’s deep blue eyes, I saw his frustration, boredom and exhaustion, sweat streaming down his face.

  I reached into my wallet and produced a banknote of 10 dollars. My 12-year-old son Nick immediately knew what I was going to do. “Can I bring it to him, Mom?”

  ”Be careful, dear,” I warned him as I handed the money to him. From the rearview mirror I watched him running quickly to the man and gave him the money with a shy smile. I saw the man was shocked to stand up, take the money and put it into his pocket. “Great,” I thought, “at least he can eat a warm dinner tonight.” I felt satisfied and proud. Now I would go for my business.

  When returning to the car, Nick looked at me with sad and pleading eyes, “Mommy, his dog looks so hot. The man is really good.” I thought I had to do something else.

  ”Go back to tell him waiting there for a while until we come back in 15 minutes,” I told Nick. He jumped off the car and ran to tell that stranger. Then, we drove to the nearest store and carefully chose gifts. “The things cannot be too heavy,” I explained to the kids, “they must be the ones that he can carry.” We finally bought something, a bag of dog food and two bottles of water as well as some fast food for the man.

  We quickly went back and found he was still there waiting for us. No one stopped for him yet. With trembling hands, I grabbed the shopping bags and moved out of the car, followed my four children, each of them with a gift. When we were walking towards him, I felt a flash of fear thrilling through my mind, hoping that he was not a serial killer, or any other dangerous man. I looked into his eyes and saw he was trying to hold back his tears like a small boy.

  I told him that I hoped these things were not too heavy for him, and showed him all the things we bought. When I took out the plate for water, he snatched it from my hand, as if it was made of gold. He told me before that he had no way to give his dog water. He put it down carefully, poured the bottle of water into it, stood up and looked straight into my eyes. His eyes were so blue, so nervous; when he said, “Madam, I don’t know what to say,” my eyes brimmed over with tears. Then, he held his head wrapped with a large handkerchief in both hands and broke into tears.

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  Tearfully, I said with a smile, “You don’t have to say anything.”

  When we boarded our van and drove on, he knelt on the grass, held his dog with his arms and kissed its nose with a smile. I waved my hand cheerfully, and then allowed my tears to course down.

  At this moment, my daughter Brandy turned to me and said in the sweetest voice of a little girl, “I feel really great now.”

  On the surface it seems that we helped him, but in fact he gave me a gift I would never forget–it had impacted on my children profoundly.

  In the following years, my children had all grown up and become useful people to the society. At a charity speech, my son Brundy told this story to the audience. He concluded in the end, “It influenced me so greatly that it made me know that regardless of a person’s appearance, their mind should get goodwill, compassion and acceptance. It was the stranger who opened my mind.”

  

  他坐在草地上,面前摆着一张硬纸板,他的狗蹲伏在旁边。硬纸板上写着:“我陷入了困境,感到很饿,恳求得到帮助。”

  我是一个看到有人需要帮助就容易动心的人。丈夫对我这一特性既爱又恨。我把我们的有篷货车开过去,从后视镜里注视着那个男人和狗。他还很年轻,也许只有40岁。他用一条大手帕裹住头,就像摩托车手或海盗。他身上很脏,胡子拉碴。他所有的东西只是一个小包裹。没有人为他停留。我看见别的司机只对他看一眼,就立即把目光移向了别处。

  外面很热。我从那个男人深蓝色的眼睛里看出了他的沮丧、厌倦和疲惫,汗水如溪流般从他的脸上流下来。

  我把手伸进钱包,抽出一张10美元的钞票。我12岁的儿子尼克立刻知道我要做什么了。“我能把它拿去送给他吗,妈妈?”

  “小心点,亲爱的。”我一边警告他,一边把钱递给他。我从后视镜里注视着他飞快地向那个男人跑去,然后带着羞涩的微笑把钱递给他。我看见那个男人震惊地站起来,接过钱,把它放进自己的口袋。“好极了,”我心想,“至少,他今晚可以吃一顿热饭了。”我感到既满意又骄傲。现在我要去办自己的事了。

  尼克回到汽车里时,眼含悲伤和恳求看着我:“妈妈,他的狗看起来是那么热,那人真的很好。”我想我还得再做一些事。

  “回去告诉他在那儿等一会儿,我们15分钟后就回来。”我告诉尼克。他跳下汽车,跑过去告诉那个陌生人。然后,我们开车来到最近的一家商店,仔细挑选礼物。“东西不能太重。”我向孩子们解释,“必须是他能拿得动的才行。”我们终于买好了东西,一包狗食、两瓶水(一瓶给狗的,一瓶给那个男人的),还为那个男人买了一些快餐食品。

  我们迅速返回,他还在那儿等着我们。仍然没有人为他停留。我颤抖着双手,抓起购物包,走出汽车,四个孩子都跟在我身后,每个人都拿着礼物。当我们向他走去时,我的心里闪过一瞬间的恐惧,希望他不是一个连环杀人犯或其他什么危险人物。我望着他的眼睛,只见他正像小男孩一样在竭力忍住自己的泪水。

  我告诉他,我希望这些东西对他来说不是太重,并把我们买的东西拿给他看。当我取出那个盛水的盘子时,他一把将它从我的手里抓过去,好像它是用金子做成的似的。他告诉我,在此之前,他没有办法给他的狗水喝。他小心翼翼地将它放下,把我们买的那瓶水倒在里面,站直身子,直直地看着我的眼睛。他的眼睛是那么蓝、那么紧张,当他说“夫人,我不知道该说什么”时,我的眼睛里充满了泪水。然后,他用两手抱着他那用大手帕裹着的头,哭了起来。

  我含着眼泪,微笑着说:“你什么也不必说。”

  当我们登上车继续前进时,他在草地上跪下来,用胳膊搂着他的狗,亲吻它的鼻子,微笑着。我高高兴兴地挥了挥手,然后任由泪水流淌。

  这时,我的女儿布兰迪转身面对我,用最甜美的小女孩的声音说:“我现在感觉真的好极了。”

  虽然从表面上看,似乎是我们帮助了他,但实际上他却给了我一件令我永远难忘的礼物——这件事对我的孩子们的影响意义深远。

  在其后的数年里,我的孩子们都陆续长大成人,成了对社会有用的人。在一次慈善演讲会上,我的儿子布伦迪向听众们讲述了这个故事。他在最后总结时说道:“那件事对我影响很大,它让我懂得,不管一个人的外表怎样,他们的内心都应该得到善意、同情和认可。是那个陌生人打开了我的心灵。”

  

  注释:

  

  1.cardboard n. 纸板;硬纸板

  2.squat vi. 蹲伏

  3.peculiarity n.特色;特性

  4.van n.有篷货车

  5.rearview mirror n. (汽车等的)后视镜

  6.pirate n.海盗

  7.scraggly adj.(发须)蓬乱的

  8.frustration n.挫败;挫折;受挫

  9.produce vt.拿出

  10.pleading adj. 恳求的;请求的

  11.hold back 抑制

  12.snatch vt.(常与away,from连用)攫取;抢

  13.course vi. 流动

  14.impact on 对……产生影响

  15.profoundly adv.意味深长地;意义深远地

  16.charity n.慈善

  17.regardless of 不管

  18.compassion n. 同情;怜悯

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  He Opened My Mind

  

  He sat on the lawn, a hard cardboard lying before him, his dog squatting beside him. On the cardboard it wrote, “I’m in trouble, feeling very hungry and begging for your help.”

  I was a woman who was easily moved when I saw someone need help. For my peculiarity, my husband both loved and hated. I pulled over our van, watching the man and his dog from therearview mirror. He was still very young, perhaps only 40 years old. He wrapped his head with a large handkerchief, just like a motorcyclist or a pirate. He was dirty with a scraggly beard. All he had was only a small parcel. No one stopped for him. I saw other drivers only see him once and immediately looked away.

  It was hot outside. From the man’s deep blue eyes, I saw his frustration, boredom and exhaustion, sweat streaming down his face.

  I reached into my wallet and produced a banknote of 10 dollars. My 12-year-old son Nick immediately knew what I was going to do. “Can I bring it to him, Mom?”

  ”Be careful, dear,” I warned him as I handed the money to him. From the rearview mirror I watched him running quickly to the man and gave him the money with a shy smile. I saw the man was shocked to stand up, take the money and put it into his pocket. “Great,” I thought, “at least he can eat a warm dinner tonight.” I felt satisfied and proud. Now I would go for my business.

  When returning to the car, Nick looked at me with sad and pleading eyes, “Mommy, his dog looks so hot. The man is really good.” I thought I had to do something else.

  ”Go back to tell him waiting there for a while until we come back in 15 minutes,” I told Nick. He jumped off the car and ran to tell that stranger. Then, we drove to the nearest store and carefully chose gifts. “The things cannot be too heavy,” I explained to the kids, “they must be the ones that he can carry.” We finally bought something, a bag of dog food and two bottles of water as well as some fast food for the man.

  We quickly went back and found he was still there waiting for us. No one stopped for him yet. With trembling hands, I grabbed the shopping bags and moved out of the car, followed my four children, each of them with a gift. When we were walking towards him, I felt a flash of fear thrilling through my mind, hoping that he was not a serial killer, or any other dangerous man. I looked into his eyes and saw he was trying to hold back his tears like a small boy.

  I told him that I hoped these things were not too heavy for him, and showed him all the things we bought. When I took out the plate for water, he snatched it from my hand, as if it was made of gold. He told me before that he had no way to give his dog water. He put it down carefully, poured the bottle of water into it, stood up and looked straight into my eyes. His eyes were so blue, so nervous; when he said, “Madam, I don’t know what to say,” my eyes brimmed over with tears. Then, he held his head wrapped with a large handkerchief in both hands and broke into tears.

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