|Written By Leslie Norris(P39〜P44)
| Small thing, but important
A boy had his hair cut for the first time at Mr. Freshman's shop. His
mother took him there. Mr. Freshman had cut his father's hair since
he was a child. His father's hair was red like the boy when he was young,
Mr. Freshman told him.
When his hair was done, he and his mother went to buy a cap for him.
The cap was what he had been wanted. It was too large for him, but she
bought it. It may last him a long time. If so, it would help them economically.
His father ate his dinner giving some of his meal to his son. He promised
that he and his son would go for a walk on Sunday.
On Sunday, they went to walk. They walked along the disused canal. The
father thought about things before he was born. They went to Fletcher's
Woods, where the boy never had been to. They ate blackberries. They
are juicy and sweet. They picked blackberries for the mother. Since
they didn't have anything to carry them in, they used the boy's cap
to put them in.
When they came home, the mother was mad, because the boy's cap was ruined
by blackberries. She said "if you had anything like a job".
They couldn't afford to buy another cap.
The boy watched his parents quarreled, then he cried quietly for his
pain that he never had experienced before.
he must learn sometimes to be alone.
Children learn things by going through various experiences,
good or bad, one way or another. It is the way they become matured.
A boy had his hair cut at a barber's for the first time in his life.
Mr. Frensham, the owner of the shop, had cut the boy's father's hair
for a long time. At first the boy was nervous, but as Mr. Frensham's
scissors made rhythmical sound and cut hair silently spun down to
the ground, he enjoyed the experience.
Next the mother took him to a clothier's and bought a cap that he
had longed for. Although the cap was too large for him, the mother
chose it because it would last longer.
The boy showed his new cap to his father at dinner. Father didn't
say anything about the cap but promised to take him for a walk next
Sunday. Just two of them together.
It was late in September. The boy put on his new cap and left with
his father. While they were walking beside the disused canal, the
boy imagined the old times when the canal was busy. He had heard about
it from his grandfather before. They went through tall reeds and at
last reached Fletcher's woods, where they found blackberries. They
were absorbed in eating blackberries for a while. They were juicy
and sweet. And then they decided to take some home for the mother.
They used the new cap for keeping blackberries as they didn't have
The mother was really upset when she saw the new cap stained with
blackberries. She complained about their financial situation. In fact
it was difficult financially to buy another cap. Parents started quarrel
in front of the boy and he began to cry. He knew the tears shedding
then totally different from those he had experienced before.
The boy and his mother got to Mr. Frensham's barber shop. It was first
time for him so he was a little nervous.
But once he sat down in the chair, he started playing with the sheet
covered on him. As Mr. Freshman cut the boy's hair lightly, the boy
could hear snipping and watch his hair dropping on the floor.
After finishing, the boy's mother told Mr. Frensham they were going
shopping. They went to buy a cap to clothier.
The boy liked to lean against his father's knee while his father ate
dinner. He fed some food to his son carefully as if he were feeding
a small bird. The boy felt so cozy as he felt sleepy.
Afterwards he put his cap and showed it to his father. They promised
to go for a walk on Sunday.
The weather was very good on that day. They walked beside the canal
which had no water anymore. The boy played with his father's walking
stick and imagined this canal used to be full of water and have a lot
They finally reached Fletcher's wood. There should be blackberries.
The blackberries' skin was plump, shining and they were so tasty. They
enjoyed eating very much. The boy's father suggested he bring back them
to mother. Although the boy had nothing to keep those blackberries,
he put them in his new cap.
When they got home, his mother was so angry and looked her husband with
disrespect. Because the cap got stains dark by the sticky juice of blackberries,
they could not afford another one. No matter how much he tried to smoothen
the problem, she never compromised.
The boy began to understand and cry quietly. He had never experienced
this feeling before.
子どもに親のケンカ、見せちゃだめですね。私はしょっちゅうで… ＼(__ )
Dictionary of Contemporary English /American
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