为何世事皆如此 I Wonder Why Things Are the Way They Are

2021年1月27日
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为何世事皆如此 I Wonder Why Things Are the Way They Are

During my junior year in high school, Mr. Reynolds, my English teacher, handed each student a list of thoughts or statements written by other students, then gave us a creative writing assignment based on one of those thoughts. At 17, I was beginning to wonder about many things, so I chose the statement, “I wonder why things are the way they are?”

当我上高中二年级的时候,英语老师雷诺兹先生曾发给每个同学一张纸条,上面列着其他同学写的想法和陈述。然后他要我们据此写一篇创意英语作文。17岁的我开始对许多事情迷惑不解。因此,我选择了:“为何世事皆如此”作为题目。

That night, I wrote down in the form of a story all the questions that puzzled me about life. I realized that many of them were hard to answer, and perhaps others could not be answered at all. When I turned in my paper, I was afraid that I might fail the assignment because I had not answered the question, “I wonder why things are the way they are?” I had no answers. I had only written questions.

那天晚上,我用故事的形式将我生活的困惑全部写了下来。我只觉得有太多的困惑都难以找到答案,而还有一些,或许根本就没有答案可寻。当我把作文交上去之后,很担心它会不合格。因为对于“为何世事皆如此”这个问题,我根本就没有做出回答,而我写下来的,也只有我的困惑。

The next day Mr. Reynolds called me to the front of the class and asked me to read my story for the other students. He handed me the paper and sat down in the back of the room. The class became quiet as I began to read my story:

第二天,雷诺兹先生把我叫到教室前面,让我把作文念给全班同学听。他把文章递给我,自己坐到了教室的后排。整个教室安静了下来,我开始念自己编写的故事:

Mommie, Daddy...Why?

爸爸妈妈……为什么?

Mommie, why are the roses red?Mommie, why is the grass green and the sky blue? Why does a spider have a web and not a house? Daddy, why can't I play in your toolbox? Teacher, why do I have to read?

妈妈,为什么玫瑰是红的?妈妈,为什么草是绿的,天是蓝的?为什么蜘蛛织网不造房?爸爸,为什么我不能在你的工具棚里玩耍?老师,为什么我一定要读书?

Mother, why can't I wear lipstick to the dance? Daddy, why can't I stay out until 12:00? The other kids are. Mother, why do you hate me? Daddy, why don't the boys like me? Why do I have to be so skinny? Why do I have to have braces and wear glasses? Why do I have to be 16?

妈,为什么我不能抹上口红参加舞会?爸,为什么我不能在外面玩到12点以后再回家?别的孩子都可以啊!妈,你为什么讨厌我呢?爸,为什么男生不喜欢我呢?为什么我必须苗条骨感,还非得戴牙齿矫正器和眼镜?为什么我必须得过16岁?

Mom, why do I have to graduate? Dad, why do I have to grow up? Mom, Dad, why do I have to leave?

妈,为什么我非得毕业?爸,为什么我非得长大?爸,妈,为什么我非得离开你们?

Mom, why don't you write more often? Dad, why do I miss my old friends? Dad, why do you love me so much? Dad, why do you spoil me? Your little girl is growing up. Mom, why don't you visit? Mom, why is it hard to make new friends? Dad, why do I miss being at home?

妈,为什么您不给我多写几封信?爸,为什么我会那么想念老朋友?爸,您为什么会那样地宠我,那样地爱我?您的女儿已经长大了呀!妈,您为什么不常来看我呢?妈,为什么交上一个新朋友会如此的难?爸,为什么我怀念在家的日子?

Dad, why does my heart skip a beat when he looks in my eyes? Mom, why do my legs tremble when I hear his voice? Mother, why is being “in love” the greatest feeling in the world?

爸,为什么我见了他会怦然心跳?妈,为什么我听到他的声音会两腿发颤?妈,人们说“堕入爱河”是世上最妙不可言的感觉,真的吗?

Daddy, why don't you like to be called “Gramps”? Mother, why do my baby's tiny fingers cling so tightly to mine?

爸爸,为什么不喜欢有人叫你“姥爷”呢?妈妈,为什么我宝贝的小手会把我的手抓得紧紧地?

Mother, why do they have to grow up? Daddy, why do they have to leave? Why do I have to be called “Grannie”?

妈,为什么我的孩子一定要长大?爸,为什么我的孩子必须离开我?总有一天,也会有人叫我“奶奶”,是这样的吗?

Mommie, Daddy, why did you have to leave me? I need you.

爸爸、妈妈,为什么你们非得离开我呢?可我离不开你们啊!

Why did my youth slip past me? Why does my face show every smile that I have ever given to a friend or a stranger? Why does my hair glisten a shiny silver?

为什么我的青春已悄悄溜走?为什么我会笑对朋友,也会笑对陌生人?为什么我满头银发?

Why do my hands quiver when I bend to pick a flower?

为什么我弯腰摘花时会双手抖动?

Why, God, are the roses red?

上帝啊,为什么玫瑰是红的?

At the conclusion of my story, my eyes locked with Mr. Reynolds's eyes, and I saw a tear slowly sliding down his cheek. It was then that I realized that life is not always based on the answers we receive, but also on the questions that we ask.

念完作文,我一直盯着雷诺兹先生的双眼,只见一颗泪珠顺着他的面颊缓缓地滑落下来。至此,我明白了:生活的根基不仅包括我们得到的所有答案,而且还包括我们提出的所有问题。

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