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愛心及學習 Love and Learning

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A Teacher's Lesson


Many years ago, Mrs. Thompson stood in front of her 5th grade class and told the children a lie that she loved them all the same. But that was impossible, because there in the front row, a little boy named Teddy Stoddard was so messy and inattentive in class that Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.

許多年前, 湯普遜 老師對著她五年級的學生們撒了一個謊:她說她會平等地愛每個孩子!但這是不可能的,因為前排就坐著泰迪‧史塔特--一個邋遢、上課不專心的小男孩,事實上,湯普遜 老師很喜歡用粗紅筆在泰迪的考卷上畫大大的叉,然後在最上排寫個不及格!

One day, as Mrs. Thompson was reviewing each child's past records, she was surprised by comments of Teddy's former teachers:


"Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners...he is a joy to be around," wrote Teddy's first grade teacher.


His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."


His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."


Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and sometimes sleeps in class."


By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Chris tmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present which was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.


Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.


Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to." After the children left she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, and writing, and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children.


Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one her "teacher's pets."


A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.


Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life.


Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer -- the letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, M.D.


The story doesn't end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he'd met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. And she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Chris tmas together.


They hugged each, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, "Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference."

他們互相擁抱,史塔特博士悄悄在耳邊告訴湯普遜老師:「湯普遜老師,謝謝妳相信我,謝謝妳讓我覺得自己很重要,讓我相信我有能力去改變(make a difference)!」

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you."

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by himindy | 2006-10-11 11:37 | 見賢思齊 Emulation












Bill Gates and Bill Clinton,

one is the richest man in the world;

the other used to be the most powerful

man in the globe.

Now both of them dovote themselves

to charity work.

Bill Gates uses his knowledge of

managing a business to the management

of his charity foundation, while Bill Clinton

is applying his political resources and personal

connection to reduce AIDS cases.

Hooray to these two elite.
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by himindy | 2006-03-28 11:21 | 見賢思齊 Emulation
This tag is gotten from the website of トリビヤの泉 (a TV program of Fuji TV Station) as following

The website of the TV program--http://trivia.web.infoseek.co.jp/




If you live in Japan and watch TV often, then you might know the Japanese TV program called the Spring of Trivia (toribiya-no-izumi in Japanese) is played every Wednesday night

I really appreciate the serious attitude of the producing staff of this program. Take an example, last last Wednesday, there was a trivia about the Last Emperor, Pu-yi. Not long before passing away, Pu-yi mentioned he would like to have a bite of the Japanese instant noodles with the brand of CHIKEN RAAMEN. So the shooting staff of this trivia went to the graveyard of Pu-yi in China submitting the instant noodles in hot bowl to the Last Emperor.

I believe you can imagine how many things had to be prepared for this less than ten minutes play. The producing staff must arrange the accomodation and traffic from Japan to China for the shooting staff; not only this, but also the shooting staff must bring the heavy shooting equipment plus the big bowl and hot water in a heavy thermos to the graveyard of Pu-yi.

Japanese audience are really lucky to have so many nice TV programs with good production to see.

今日新聞 Today's News

栃木・今市の小一女児殺害:ビラ、聞き込み・・・・懸命の捜査/茨城 (毎日新聞ー12月7日16時16分更新)

Policemen are trying their best investigating the first grader girl's murder from Imaichi in Tochigi Profecture. Her body was found in a forest of Ibaraki Profecture. Policemen distributed handbills for more clues. (Mainichi News-December 7, 16:16pm)
by himindy | 2005-12-08 13:44 | 見賢思齊 Emulation
如果您是哈日族或自認是日本通, 那您一定得知道什麼是箱根驛傳.

許多日本男女老少在正月2日及3日, 會守在電視機前觀看箱根驛傳. 所謂的箱根驛傳就是東京到箱根區間(亦即舊日的東海道)的馬拉松接力比賽. 箱根驛傳已有81年的歷史. 最初是由三位日本運動界人士所發起, 其中的緣起相當令人玩味.

一九一九年十月的一天, 金栗四三, 澤田英一, 及野口源三郎, 三人應邀到一所小學校擔任裁判員, 在一起乘車閒聊的過程中, 金栗桑, 日本的馬拉松之父, 提出了一個想法---如何訓練出優秀的馬拉松選手, 去參加奧林匹克比賽. 談著談著三人想出了, 橫跨美國的馬拉松訓練計劃. 三人說做就做, 開始遊說奔走籌取經費.

但畢竟經費龐大, 於是退而求其次, 成為東京到箱根的馬拉松接力訓練比賽. 距離三人發想, 到實現想法不到半年的時間, 一九二O年二月十四日, 第一屆箱根驛傳就這樣舉辦成功了, 雖然只有四所大學(東京高等師範學院, 即現今的筑波大學, 早稻田大學, 慶應大學, 及明治大學)參加, 但因為有這第一次, 才有今日每年的箱根驛傳, 以及奧林匹克優秀的日本馬拉松金牌選手的出現.

因為三個有理想的人, 坐而言不如起而行的精神, 創造出了箱根驛傳的傳奇. 日本人喜歡看箱根馬拉松比賽, 也暗示著日本人欣賞一步一腳印的踏實精神吧.

If you are interested in Japanese culture, there is one thing you must know----Hakone Marathon.

Hakone Marathon started from February 14, 1920. It was initiated by three Japanese, Kanekuri Shisan, Sawada Eichi, and Noguchi Gensanrou. Three of them were invited to an elementary school to be judges in October, 1919; they rode on the same car and talked about how to train the best Japanese Marathon runners to attend Olympic Games. Mr. Kanekuri Shisan, Father of Japanese Marathon, said Ekiden (meaning long distance running on roads) will be the best way. At first, three of them thought cross-the U.S continent-marathon would be a good distance scale for trainning runners. But as a result, Tokyo to Hakone became the final marathone route.

Because of their idea and enthusiasm, the first Hakone Marathon launched on February 14, 1920. Only four universities, Tokyo National Normal College (now it is called Tsukuba University), Watase University, Keiyo University, and Meiji University, joined the 1920 Hakone Marathon. But nowadays, every year ten to twenty universities join this race.

The 82th Hakone Marathone is going to be held on January 2nd and 3rd. The enthusiastic spirits of Mr. Kanekuri, Sawada, and Noguchi are continuing in Japan. More and more excellent marathon runners are emerging from Hakone Marathon and are going to get medals in Olympic Games.
by himindy | 2005-11-06 14:24 | 見賢思齊 Emulation

日本的公車 Japanese buses

細心的您是否也注意到了, 日本的公車, 設計上與台灣的有些不同. 如同這張相片所顯現出來的, 上公車的階梯比台灣的要接近地面. 日本公車車門關閉後, 階梯會自動上昇; 公車門打開後, 階梯會自動下降, 以方便乘客上下階梯. 老弱婦孺們不用擔心,階梯太高爬不上或下不了公車. 公車司機也會等到乘客們完全下車後, 再徐徐地開走. 如果公車在還沒完全停穩前, 有乘客先站起來的話, 司機先生有時還會廣播, 提醒他們先坐下, 以免跌倒摔傷了. 日本政府的確重視人民的生命安全啊.

The steps of a Japanese bus will be down when the bus door is opened for passengers to get on or get off easilier. When the door is closed, the steps will be up again. Japanese bus drivers will wait for all the passengers getting on or getting off, then the drivers will move the buses again.
by himindy | 2005-11-04 17:17 | 見賢思齊 Emulation




by himindy | 2005-10-18 13:44 | 見賢思齊 Emulation
Japanese people are really considerate to others. Speaking of room renovation in Japan, one of my neighbors' rooms is under renovation now. The workers pave a long blue plastic sheet on the public pavement of our building to keep dirt and scrape from the pavement. They also prepare a big blue trunk for scrap of renovation. Look at the photos of the sheet and the trunk.
by himindy | 2005-10-17 15:08 | 見賢思齊 Emulation