We tried s。o hard to m。ake things better for our kids that。 we made them worse. For my grand。children, I d know better.
I d really like。 for th。em to know abo。ut hand-me-down clothes and home-made ice cream and leftover mea。t。loaf. I really would。.
My cherished grandson, I hope you lea。rn humility by surviving failu。re and that you learn to be honest even when no one is looking.
I hope you learn to。 make your bed and。 mow th。e lawn and wash the car-and I hope nobo。dy gives you a brand-new car when。 you are sixteen.
It will be good if at least o。ne tim。e you can see a baby calf born,。 and you have a good friend to be with you if you ever have to put your old dog to sleep.
I hope you get a black eye fighting。 for something you。 believe i。n.
I hope you have t。o share a bedroom with your younger brother. And it is all right to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he want。s to crawl under the covers with you because he s scared, I hope y。ou ll let him。.
And when you want to see a Disn。ey mo。vie and your kid brother w。ants to tag al。ong, I hope you take him.
I hope you have to。 walk uphill w。ith your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.
If you want a slingsho。t, I hope your father teaches you how t。o make one ins。tead of。 buyin。g one. I hope you lea。rn to dig in the dirt and read b。ooks, and when y。ou learn to use computers, you also le。arn how to add and。 subtract in your head.
I hope you get razzed by friends when you have yo。ur first cr。ush on a girl, and that when you talk back to your。 mother you learn what Ivory soap tastes li。ke.
May y。ou skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on the stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.
I hope you g。et sick when someone blows。 smoke in your face. I don t care if。 you try beer once,。 but I hope you won t like it. And if a friend offers you a joint or any drugs, I hope you are smar。t enough to realize that person is not your friend.
I sure hope y。ou make time to si。t on a porch with your grandpa or go fishing with you。r uncle.
I hope your mother punishes you wh。en you。 throw a。 baseball through a ne。ighbor s window, and that she hugs you and kisses you when you give her a plaster of pared mold of your hand.
These things I wish for you-tough times and disappointment, hard wor。k and happiness.
Learning:A。 Li。felong Career
A。s food is to the。 body, so is learning to the mind. Our bod。ies grow and muscles develop with the intake of adequate nutritious food. Likewise, we should keep learning day by day to main。tain our keen mental powe。r and expand our inte。llec。tual capacity. Constant learning suppli。es us with inexhaustible fuel for driving us to sharpen our power of reasoning, analysis, and judgment. Lear。ning incessantly is the。 sur。est way to k。eep pace with the times in the information age,。 and an infallible warrant of success in times of uncertainty.
Once learning stops, vegetati。on se。ts in. It is a common fallacy to regard school as the only wor。kshop for the acquis。ition of knowledge. O。n the contrary, learning should be a never-ending process, from the crad。le to the grav。e. Wit。h the world ever changing so fast, the。 ceas。e from learning for just a few days will make a person lag behind. What's worse, the animalistic instinct dorman。t deep in our subconsciousness will come to life, weakening our will。 to pursue our noble ideal, sapping our determination to sweep away ob。stacles to our success and strangling our desire for the refinement o。f our character. L。ack of learning will in。evitably lead to the stagnation of the m。ind。, or even worse, its fossilization, Therefore, to stay mentally young, we hav。e to take learning as a lifelong career.
In my opinion, the schoolwork。 no。w bein。g assi。gned to high school studen。t。s is too he。av。y. While it is true that students need to study, they need other things as well if they are to grow into healthy and well-rounded adults. High should be allowed more tim。e for play. Playing is not wasting time, as some。 th。ink. It gives them physical ex。ercise, and a。lso exercises their imagination. Which tends to be stifled by too much study. Finally, the pressure put on high school studen。ts by excessive schoolwork can cause serious stress, which is unhealthy physically and mentally. I do not advocate the elimination。 of schoolwork. I do think, however, that a r。eduction o。f the current heavy load would be beneficial to students and。 to the society as a whole.
Lost tim。e is never found a。gain. This is something which I learned very c。learly last semester. I spent so much time fooling around that my grades began to suffer. I fina。lly realized that so。mething had to be done. It was time for a change.
Now I have a new plan for using my time wisely. I have set my alarm clock ahead half an hour. This。 will give me a head start on the day. I have also decided to keep a log of what。 I do and when。 I。 do it. Looking back on what I’ve d。one will give me some ideas on how to reorganize my time.
Work and Play
Work and play do no。t contradict each other; in fact, they complement each other. As the saying goes, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." A life burdened w。ith work leads you nowhere,。 for。 you would get tired and bored with your dail。y routine wor。k. On the other hand, proper r。ecreation will relieve the te。nsion and discomfort of our monotonous life b。ecause it offers you v。arious ways to let out your pent-。up emotions.
What I usually do to rela。x。 after school is jogging an。d seeing movie。s. Usually I don't spare time for exercise, but I value the physical education class at school. Jogging s。everal rou。nds in the field certai。nly relieves the day's。 pressure. On weeke。nds, I'll catch the mor。ning movie for my visual enjoyment. I feel revived and energetic for another week's work-load.
My first Job
My first job was at a cramming school. It was three years ago when I just graduated from junior high school and f。inished the entrance examinati。on. since I had nothing to do that summer, I decided to find a job, tasting the joy of independence.
I was responsible for answering the telephone and taking the message. I worked eight hours a day, six days a week. The work was not difficult nor heavy。 to me。 and I guess I did well. The most delighted t。hing was perhaps that I c。ould spend the money I earned al。l b。y m。ysel。f.
My Favorite Sports
Sports help e。veryone to keep healthy, happy, and efficient. So I pay special attention to ga。me。s, especially table-tennis. Table tennis is my favorite game. I play it almost every day.
Table-tennis is an ideal game for us because it brings the whole b。ody into action. It strengthens our muscles, expands our lungs, promotes the circulation of the bloo。d, and c。au。ses a healthy action of the skin. Besides, it is very amusing and does not cost us。 much money. Table。-ten。nis is very moderate; it is not so rough as football. It is an indoor game and can be played even on rainy days. Thus, it is my favorite kind of exercise.
Fox and co。ck
One。 mo。rning a fox sees a cock.He think,"This is my breakfa。st.''
H。e comes up to the cock and says,"I kn。ow you can sing very w。ell.Ca。n you sing for。 me?''。The co。ck is glad.He closes his eyes and begins to sing.The fox sees tha。t and catches him in his mouth and carries him away.
The people in the field see the fox.They cry,"Look,look。!Th。e fox is carrying。 the cock away.''
The cock says to the fox,"Mr Fox。,d。o you underst。an。d?The people say you are carrying their cock away.Tell them。 it is yo。urs.Not t。heirs.''
The fox opens his mouth and says,"The cock is mine,not yours.''J。ust。 then the cock runs away from the fox and flies into the tree.
The City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Once the。re were two mice. They were friends. One mouse lived in the country。; the other mous。e lived in the city. After many years the Country mou。se saw the City mouse; he said,。 "Do come and see me at my house in the country." So the City mouse went. The City mouse s。a。id, "This food is not good, and your house is not good. Why do yo。u live in a hole in the field? Y。ou should come and live in。 the city. You would live in a nice house made of stone. You would have nice food。 to eat. You must come and see me at。 my house in the city."
Th。e Country mouse went to the house of the City mouse. It was a very good house. Nice。 foo。d was set ready for them to ea。t. But just as they began to eat they heard a great noise. The City。 mouse cried, " Run! Run! The cat is coming!" They ran away quickly and hid.
After some time they came out. When the。y came out, the Country mouse said, "I do not。 like living in t。he city. I like living in my hole in the field. For it is nicer to be poor a。nd h。appy, than to be。 rich and afraid."
But the teacher cried
The six-year-old John was t。erribly spoiled . His father knew it, but his gr。andma do。ted。 on him. He hardly left her side. And when he wanted anything, he either cried or threw a temper tantrum. Then came his first day of schoo。l, his fi。rst day away from his grandmother's loving arms.
When he ca。me home from school his grandma met him at the door.
"Was school all ri。g。ht?" she asked, "Did you get alon。g all right? did you cry?"
"Cry?" John asked. "No,。 I didn't cry, but the teacher did!"
Tea。cher of Physical Education: Have you ever s。een mixed doubles,boys?
Nick: Yes,sir. Quite of ten。. I saw it even last night.
Teacher: Pl。ease tell us some thing about it.
Nick: Oh,sorry,sir. My father always says, "Domestic shame should not be published.。"