An agrarian story: three sons

Screenshot 2015-01-11 16.18.07I heard this story at my children’s weekend Chinese school in late 1990s (couldn’t remember if I’ve heard this when I was in China). This story is taught to second graders in China, using two classes time.

Three mothers are getting water. One mom brags her son is not just smart but also has strength. The second mom brags, “my son has the best voice.” The third mom concedes her son is nothing special.

On their way home with the heavy buckets of water, they take a break. Their sons walk by. The first boy does summersaults; the second sings and the third picks up his mom’s bucket and carries it home.

The women ask the elder man behind them how good are their sons. The elder replies that he only sees one son.

My thoughts on this is:

  1. god forbid it is Jet Li and Michael Jackson ..
  2. the way this story portraying ‘good son’ or a good kid is wrong
  3. each kid has his or her own talent, shouldn’t use chords as yardstick
  4. how a kid behave is largely rest on their parents

二年级, 二课时

三个妈妈在井边打水.一个白胡子老爷爷坐在旁边的石头上休息。
一个妈妈说:“我那个儿子既聪明又有力气,谁也比不过他。”
又一个妈妈说:“我那个儿子唱起歌来好听极了,谁都没有他那样的好嗓子。”
另一个妈妈什么也没说。
那两个妈妈问她:“你怎么不说说你的儿子呀?”
这个妈妈说:“有什么可说的,他没有什么特别的地方。”
三个妈妈打了水,拎着水桶回家去,那个老爷爷跟在后边慢慢走着。一桶水可重啦!水直晃荡,三个妈妈走走停停,胳膊都痛了,腰也酸了。
这时,迎面跑来三个孩子。
一个孩子翻着跟头,像车轮在转,真好看!三个妈妈被他迷住了。
一个孩子唱着歌,歌声真好听。
另一个孩子跑到妈妈跟前,接过妈妈手里沉甸甸的水桶,提着走了。
一个妈妈问老爷爷:“看见了吗?这就是我们的三个儿子。怎么样啊?”
“三个儿子?”老爷爷说,“不对吧,我可只看见一个儿子。”

 

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