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树皮小船的启示

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小编摘要:爷爷饱经沧桑,满腹经验,一艘船也可以是很好的教材。

Grandpa and grandson walked in a park and came to a pond. There were many children who drove their remote-controlled boats. Grandson looked at the shiny boats and how the children were racing them, making waves, chasing each other’s boats. It looked like so much fun. He could hear the laughter and shouts of the other children and his heart felt heavy.

爷爷和孙子在公园里散步,他们来到了一口池塘边。许多孩子在那里玩他们的遥控小船。孙子看着那些亮闪闪的小船,看着那些孩子如何用它们比赛,激起浪花,小船彼此追逐着。场面看起来可真是乐趣十足。他可以听到其他孩子的笑声和叫声,而他却觉得心情沉重。

 

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The two stood there for a good while, not speaking. The little boy knew there was no way his parents could afford to buy him such a boat. And Grandfather for sure had no chance of giving such a gift. His pension was so small that the boy’s mother had invited him to live with them. Grandpa looked at his grandson, saw the somber look on his face and felt the little boy’s envy. He looked around until his eyes fell on a bench right next to a big pine tree.

爷孙俩在那里站了好一会儿,却一句话都没说。小男孩知道他的父母绝对买不起这样一艘小船给他。而爷爷无疑也没有可能会送这样一份礼物给他。他的养老金少得可怜,所以小男孩的母亲请他来和他们一起住。爷爷看着他的孙子,看到他一脸的闷闷不乐,感觉到了小男孩内心的艳羡之情。爷爷四下打量,目光最终落在了一棵大松树旁边的长椅上。

“Why don’t we sit here,” Grandpa said and started walking towards the bench. They walked together to the bench and sat down. The little boy sighed deeply, his eyes following the boats. “Grandpa, I would so like to have a boat like that,” he said quietly. “I know,” Grandfather patted the boy on the shoulders, “Sometimes life feels so unfair, I know.”

“我们不如在这里坐一会儿吧,”爷爷边说边向那张长椅走去。他们一起走到长椅前坐下。小男孩深深地叹了口气,眼睛还紧盯着那些小船。“爷爷,我真想要一艘那样的小船啊,”他轻声说道。“我知道,”爷爷拍了拍小男孩的肩膀,说道,“有时候你会觉得人生很不公平,我知道。”

He bent over and picked up something from the ground. A big piece of pine bark had fallen from the huge tree by their bench. For a while both grandpa and grandson looked up into the deep green of the pine tree. Then Grandfather took a little pocketknife and started to carve the bark delicately. Grandson looked curiously at what he was doing. He carved the sides of the bark into the shape of a leaf; one end was pointed, the other was flat. Then, with the tip of the knife, he carefully carved a tiny hole in the middle of the bark. It was a perfectly round little hole, the boy noticed.

他弯下腰,从地上捡起某样东西,是一大块从他们那长椅旁的大松树上掉下来的松树皮。爷爷和孙子两人都抬起头盯着松树那深绿色的树冠看了一会儿。然后,爷爷掏出一把小折刀,开始精细地雕刻那块树皮。孙子好奇地看着他在做什么。他将树皮的边缘裁刻成一片树叶的形状,一端是尖的,另一端是平的。接着,他小心翼翼地用小刀的尖端在树皮的中间穿了一个小孔。小男孩发现,这个小圆孔非常完美。

Grandpa raised his eyes from his work and looked around. “There—go and get me that twig on the ground, would you?” The boy hopped down from the bench and went to fetch the twig.

爷爷停下手里的工作,抬起眼睛四处张望。“那里——去把地上那段小树枝拿给我,好吗?”小男孩从长椅上跳下来,跑过去捡起那段小树枝。

“Perfect,” the old man said, “straight and strong and not so dry that it would snap. Good! Now scoop some resin from the pine tree on the other end of the stick. Be careful not to get your clothes dirty!”

“很好,”老爷爷说道,“又直又硬,也不太干所以不会折断。太棒了!现在用棍子的另一端从松树上挖点树脂。小心不要把你的衣服弄脏了!”

Grandpa had to make the tiny hole a bit larger, but soon he managed to put the stick into the hole. Some of the resin squeezed out from the hole, but Grandpa seemed pleased. Then he looked around again. “There! Bring me that twig! And some of that grass.” The little boy ran to the next twig, scooped up a handful of grass and brought it all to Grandpa. This was getting interesting. He edged in even closer and soon they were sitting there, both heads bent over what Grandpa was doing. First Grandpa cut the long twig into two. Then he made a small rope out of grass and used it to tie the first twig horizontally to the twig that was standing vertically from the bark. It formed a broad cross. Then he did the same with the other twig, this time he tied it to the base of the standing twig.

爷爷不得不把那个小洞挖大一点,不过很快他就成功把树枝插进了小洞里。少量树脂被挤出了小洞,不过爷爷看起来很满意。接着他又四处张望。“那边!把那根小树枝递给我!还有那边的一些青草。”小男孩跑向另一根树枝,又抓了一大把青草交给爷爷。这一切变得越来越有趣了。他靠得更近了,很快他们就并坐在那里,两人都一头扎在爷爷手中的活计上。爷爷首先把那根长树枝劈成两截,接着用草编了一小段绳子,并用它将第一截树枝以水平角度和直立在树皮上的那条树枝绑在一起,做成了一个宽宽的十字形。然后他将第二截树枝如法炮制,这一次他把它绑在了垂直树枝的底部。

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2011-08-16 10:00 编辑:kuaileyingyu
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