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  Run through the rain雨中的记忆

  She had been shopping with her Mom in Wal-Mart. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful brown haired, freckle-faced image of innocence. It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the Earth, it has no time to flow down the spout.


  We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Wal-Mart. We all waited, some patiently, others irritated, because nature messed up their hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I get lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child come pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.


  Her voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, “Mom, let's run through the rain." she said.


  What? Mom asked.


  Let's run through the rain! She repeated.


  No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit. Mom replied.


  This young child waited about another minute and repeated: "Mom, let's run through the rain."


  We'll get soaked if we do. Mom said.


  No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning, the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm."


  This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?


  Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!


  The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain. We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.


  Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life. Time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith. "Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If get wet, well maybe we just needed washing." Mom said. Then off they ran.


  We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories. So, don't forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories every day!


  To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. I hope you still take the time to run through the rain.


  A special letter一封特殊的信

  Dear World:


  My son starts school today.


  It's going to be strange and new to him for a while, and I wish you would sort of treat him gently.


  You see, up to now, he's been king of the roost.


  He's been boss of the backyard.


  I have always been around to repair his wounds, and to make him calm.


  But now--things are going to be different.


  This morning, he's going to walk down the front steps, wave his hand and start on his great adventure that will probably include wars and tragedy and sorrow.


  To live his life in the world he has to live in will require faith and love and courage.


  So, World, I wish you would sort of take him by his young hand and teach him the things he will have to know.


  Teach him - but gently, if you can.


  Teach him that for every scoundrel there is a hero; that for every crooked politician there is a dedicated leader; that for every enemy there is a friend.


  Teach him the wonders of books.


  Give him quiet time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and flowers on the green hill.


  Teach him it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat.


  Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong.


  Teach him to sell his brawn and brains to the highest bidder, but never to put a price on his heart and soul.


  Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob...and to stand and fight if he thinks he's right.


  Teach him gently, World, but don't coddle him, because only the test of fire makes fine steel.


  This is a big order, World, but see what you can do.


  He's such a nice little fellow.



  In 1989 an 8.2 earthquake almost flattened America, killing over 30,000 people in less than four minutes. In the midst of utter devastation and chaos, a father left his wife safely at home and rushed to the school where his son was supposed to be, only to discover that the building was as flat as a pancake.


  After the unforgettably initial shock, he remembered the promise he had made to his son: "No matter what, I’ll always be there for you!" And tears began to fill his eyes. As he looked at the pile of ruins that once was the school, it looked hopeless, but he kept remembering his commitment to his son.


  He began to direct his attention towards where he walked his son to class at school each morning. Remembering his son s classroom would be in the back right corner of the building; he rushed there and started digging through the ruins.


  As he was digging, other helpless parents arrived, clutching their hearts, saying: "My son!" "My daughter!" Other well meaning parents tried to pull him off what was left of the school, saying: "It s too late! They’re all dead! You can’t help! Go home! Come on, face reality, there s nothing you can do!"

  当这位父亲正在挖掘时,其他束手无策的学生家长赶到现场,揪心地叫着:"我的儿子呀!" "我的女儿呀!"一些好意的家长试图把这位父亲劝离现场,告诉他"一切都太迟了!"他们全死了!"这样做没用的","回去吧,这样做只会使事情更糟"。

  To each parent he responded with one line: "Are you going to help me now?" And then he continued to dig for his son, stone by stone. The fire chief showed up and tried to pull him off the school s ruins saying, "Fires are breaking out, explosions are happening everywhere. You’re in danger. We’ll take care of it. Go home." To which this loving, caring American father asked, "Are you going to help me now?"


  The police came and said, "You’re angry, anxious and it s over. You’re endangering others. Go home. We’ll handle it!" To which he replied, "Are you going to help me now?" No one helped.Courageously he went on alone because he needed to know for himself: "Is my boy alive or is he dead?" He dug for eight hours...12 hours...24 hours...36 hours...then, in the 38th hour, he pulled back a large stone and heard his son s voice. He screamed his son s name, "ARMAND!" He heard back, "Dad!?! It s me, Dad! I told the other kids not to worry. I told them that if you were alive, you d save me and when you saved me, they d be saved. You promised, No matter what happens, I’ll always be there for you! You did it, Dad!" "What s going on in there? How is it?" the father asked.

  警察赶到现场,对他说:"你现在又气又急,该结束了,你在危及他人,回家吧!我们会处理一切的。"这位父亲依旧回答:"你们愿意帮我吗?" 然而,人们无动于衷。为了弄清楚儿子是死是活,这位父亲独自一人鼓起勇气,继续进行他的工作。他挖掘了8小时,--12小时,24小时,36小时--38小时后,父亲推开了一块巨大的石头,听到了儿子的声音。父亲尖叫着:"阿曼德!"儿子的回音听到了:"爸爸吗?是我,爸,我告诉其他的小朋友不要着急。我告诉他们如果你活着,你会来救我的。如果我获救了,他们也就获救了。你答应过我, 不论发生什么,我永远都会在你的身边, 你做到了,爸!""你那里的情况怎样?"父亲问。

  There are 14 of us left out of 33, Dad. We’re scared, hungry, thirsty and thankful you re here. When the building collapsed, it made a triangle, and it saved us.


  Come out, boy!


  No, Dad! Let the other kids out first, cause I know you ll get me! No matter what happens, I know you’ll always be there for me!


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