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佳作欣赏Love Notes

作者:Mary Ann…    文章来源:本站原创    点击数:    更新时间:2009-5-25


It's been over eleven years now. It was a wintry afternoon, the snow swirling around the cedar trees outside, forcing little icicles to form the tips of the deep green foliage clinging to the branches.

My older son, Stephen, was at school, and Reed, my husband, at work. My three little ones were clustered around the kitchen counter, the tabletop piled high with crayon and markers. Tom was perfecting a paper airplane, creating his own insignia with stars and stripes, while Sam worked on a self-portrait, his chubby hands drawing first a head, then legs and arms sticking out where the body should had been. The children most concentrated on their work, Tom occasionally tutoring his younger brother on exactly how to make a plane that would fly the entire length of the room.

But Laura, our only daughter, sat quietly, engrossed in her project. Every once in a while she would ask how to spell the name of someone in our family, then painstakingly form the letters one by one. Next, she would add flowers with small green stems, complete with grass lining the bottom of the page. She finished off each with a sun in the upper right-hand corner, surrounded by an inch or two of blue sky. Holding them at eye level, she let out a long sigh of satisfaction.

"What are you making, Honey?" I asked.

She glanced at her brothers before looking back at me.

"It's a surprise," she said, covering up her work with her hands.

Next, she taped the top two edges of each other of paper together, trying her best to create a cylinder. When she had finished, she disappeared up the stairs with her treasure.

It wasn't until later that evening that I noticed a "mailbox" taped onto the doors to each of our bedrooms. There was one for Steve. There was one for Tom. She hadn't forgotten Sam or baby Paul.

For the next few weeks, we received mail on a regular basis. There were little notes expressing her love for each of us. There were short letters full of tiny compliments that only a seven-year-old would notice. I was in charge of retrieving baby Paul's letter, page after page of colored scenes including flowers with happy faces.

"He can't read yet," she whispered. "But he can look at the pictures."

Each time I received one of my little girl's gifts, it brightened my heart.

I was touched at how carefully she observed our moods. When Stephen lost a baseball game, there was a letter telling him she thought he was the best ballplayer in the whole world. After I had a particularly hard day, there was a message thanking me for my efforts, complete with a smiley face tucked near the bottom corner of the page.

This same little girl is grown now, driving off every day to the community college. But some things about her have never changed. One afternoon only a week or so ago, I found a love note next to my bedside.

"Thanks for always being there for me, Mom," it read. "I'm glad that we're the best friends."

I couldn't help but remember the precious child whose smile has brought me countless hours of joy throughout the years. There are angels among us. I know, I live with one.

那已是11年前的事了。一个冬天的下午,雪在门外的雪松四周飞舞,使树枝上深绿色的叶尖挂上了小小的冰柱。

大儿子史蒂芬上学去了,丈夫里德上班去了。三个小家伙挤在厨柜边,桌面上高高地堆着蜡笔和记号笔。汤姆正用星星和条纹画徽章,让纸飞机尽善尽美。山姆正在忙着自画像。他胖胖的小手先画了一个脑袋,然后在本该是身体的位置画出了腿和胳膊。孩子们大都聚精会神忙自己的事儿。汤姆不时地教弟弟怎样正确制作一架能飞过整个房间的飞机。

我们唯一的女儿劳拉却安静地坐在那里,全神贯注地忙她的事儿。偶尔她也会询问怎样拼写我们家某个人的名字,然后一个字母一个字母用心地拼写出来,接着又画了一些带细小绿茎的花朵,纸张底部还画上一些小草。她每画完一页,都会在右上角画上太阳,周围是一两寸的蓝天。她把它们举到和眼晴水平的位置,然后满意地长出了口气。

“宝贝,你在做什么?”我问。

她在看我之前,瞥了一眼她的兄弟们。

“这是一个意外的惊喜,”她双手捂住自己的作品说。

接下来,她粘住每张纸的上面两边,尽力做成一个圆筒。做好后,她带着那些宝贝躲到了楼上。

直到那天晚上晚些时候,我才注意到每个人的卧室门上都贴着一个“邮箱”。史蒂夫有一个,汤姆有一个,她也没有忘记萨姆和小保罗。

随后的几周里,我们都定期收到信件。小小的纸条表达了她对我们每个人的爱。一些短信里充满了一个年仅7岁的孩子的小小问候。我负责取小保罗的信件,那是一页又一页的彩色图画,其中包括带着笑脸的花朵。

“他还不会念字,”她低声说道,“但他可以看这些图画。”

每次收到小女儿的礼物,我就心情愉悦。

她对我们心情的细微观察让我感动。史蒂芬输了棒球赛时,便有一封信告诉他,她认为他是全世界最好的棒球手。我哪天特别辛苦时,便会有一封信感谢我的努力,并在信纸的下角上画有一张笑脸。

如今,这个小女孩已经长大,每天开车上社区学院。但她身上的有些事从未改变。大约仅仅在一周前的一天下午,我在床边发现了一张爱的纸条。

“妈妈,感谢您一直以来都支持我,”上面写道。“我很高兴我们是最好的朋友。”

我情不自禁想起,这些年来这个心爱的孩子的笑容带给了我无数欢乐时刻。我们周围就有天使。我知道,我正和其中一位生活在一起。

 

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