Father’s Love---He Only Had Nine Cents in His Pocket
After reading "a Father’s Love," it reminded me about forty years ago, what happened with my father’s love. He only had nine cents in his pocket, but he took three of his children to swim. And we had a very good time.
In 1968 in China, I was a little girl. All I knew was that the country had new things come every day; people were fighting everywhere, any time I was outdoors, and I could see the one party argue with other parties.
On the street, you could see people marching and shouting. I didn’t know at the time, that in China a revolution was going on. My father’s thoughts, and viewpoints with the central government therefore he was not entrusted with heavy responsibility. Therefore, he had much idle time, to take us swimming.
One night, Daddy decided that the next day we would all go to the hospital to see our mother; our mother at the time was in the hospital for eye treatment. Then we could go swimming, we got very excited and very happy.
The next morning, we got on the train for free. That took us about forty minutes. Then we went to the hospital to see Mom. Mom was okay, when was very happy to see that Daddy was taking us outdoors to swim. After seeing Mom we needed to take the bus to get to the public swimming pool. I saw Daddy pull out nine cents from his pocket. Dad said, "We cannot pay the bus ticket price. Dad only has nine cents." We knew by this time every three station needed five cents per person. There were four of us. We knew dad was right. We had to walk there, and we were happy to walk with dad. Usually Daddy was busy at the work place, and had no time for us.
So we walked and walked. After we walked past three stations, and arrived at the public swimming pool, we saw a small store. Daddy wanted to go in to buy cigarettes, and we went. Daddy said to my sister that he only wanted to have four cigarettes. I said "that might buy nine cigarettes." Daddy said, "They might not use up all the nine cents." After we bought four cigarettes, we walked to the swimming pool. There was also free entry. We did not have to buy a ticket to get in.
So we arrived at the people’s swimming pool. In there, Daddy taught us the breast stroke, taught us how to breathe under water, and how to get air change. The time passed very quickly, until Daddy said the time was late, that we should go home. We did not want to come out of the water. Daddy came down to the water, to come catch us up one by one to the shore. Then we turned back together, walked to the free train station, where we boarded the train. Forty minutes later, when we got home, we were very hungry. Daddy and the elder sister started to prepare food.
We all had such a joyful day, thanks to daddy. Even though Daddy’s pocket only had nine cents inside it, we swam and came back home with five cents left over from the day. So that day became one father’s and three kids’ unforgettable memory. It has left me with my father’s love forever.
由明月44张贴 @ 2009-03-07 15:40:01 (5)