Dear Aaron: Your responsiblness will carry you far~~

2016-01-15


Dear Aaron,

你今天早上 5:00 就起床了,為了要幫同學完成他被處罰的班規抄寫。

媽咪昨晚剛聽到你說這事時,第一個反應是“你又跟人家要了什麼好處”。因為家裡基本上不吃零食,所以你總是會找機會到學校跟同學要零食吃;或是跟同學要卡片、自動鉛筆。。。家裡不太讓你買的東西。跟你確認了你沒要人家的東西後,媽咪的下一個反應是“你怎麼那麼笨?!”可是媽咪想在心理,沒說出來,也沒做人和反應。

 

回家後,你寫功課、看漫畫書、和爸比下象棋、和弟弟打鬧。。。就是沒看到你動手寫班規。我當然沒有提醒你,是你自己答應同學的,沒完成也是你要自己去面對。到了10:30
要睡覺了,你請爸比幫你設定鬧鐘4:30am,因為你說要起床抄班規。

 

早上4:30,你真的起床了。爸比叫你再睡一會兒,5:00再起來。媽咪就回房間睡了,心想著“你怎麼可能起得來”。。。

7:20am,差不多得出門上學了,看你和爸比窩在沙發上睡著。媽咪喊你起床,邊唸著不是說5:00要起來。。。沒想到你竟然回我說你5:00已經起床抄好了,才又回去睡一下。媽咪很訝異,也其實因為你而感到很proud!

 

Your action reminded me of myself in the many late night hours when I couldn’t finish a book report in junior high, a project in high school, a paper in college and grad school, even up to a power point presentation or excel financial model at work!

 

Many of the young people today lacked the commitment you had in following through.  Before college,many people complete their work simply motivated by the threat of “being punished by the teacher” or “being laughed at by their fellow students.”  Once these people enter college, all restrain breaks loose.  Professors no longer bother to give out punishment. There is no longer a “core classmates” as everyone has his or her own schedule.  No one will “laugh” at you for failed exams or missed work.  However, if you don’t do your work, you fail, simple as that.  Then these people grow up to enter workforce and face their job with the same irresponsible, passive attitude.  If they don’t feel like going to work, they don’t; if they dislike something, they quit.  These people will never amount to become a contribution to the society.  In fact, it would be lucky if they do not become a liability!

 

Nonetheless, my baby, you have proved yourself to be beyond that.  There was no materialistic incentives, no threats, no potential shame, just the simple fact that you’ve made the commitment.   So, my dearest Aaron, with this kind of responsibleness, I know you will do just fine~

 

- Mommy

(You are now 10Y11M…about three weeks to turning 11Y)

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