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追忆逝水年华 In Search of Lost Time    

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4338 Views | 11 Comments | 12/9/2012 1:32:32 PM

From right, Miss Zhang, Miss Wu and Panda

今年六月上旬,接到高中同学电话,通知聚会,并且特别提醒我吴小姐会来。我如期而至,好家伙,一共去了30多人,还有我们的班主任曹老师和她的先生。没想到全班同学到得如此齐全。前年聚会去过一次,没见到我的两位闺密,去年我就没去了。今年终于跟两闺密坐到了一起,真高兴。

A calling from my high-school classmate this June early, it informed me the party, especially told me that Miss Wu would come to us. I arrived on time. Wow, more than 30 classmates, added our head teacher and her husband, I can’t believe the whole class who came so complete. I had attended the classmate party on 2010 without my two girlfriends, so I didn’t go to the party last year. I was so happy that I finally sat with my two girlfriends this year.

我没考上市重点高中,于是就近就读古田路中学。课堂纪律不好,男生特别吵闹,远没有女生成熟,仅有的几位高个子男生也是豆芽菜体型,所以班上也没有什么爱情故事发生。我倒是结交了两位闺密,是两位非常聪明的女生,放学后总是一起去汉江游泳。汉江是长江的支流,宽度大概就200多米,水非常清澈,我们的家和学校都靠近堤边,夏天放学我们三个女生总是跑过堤,去汉江游泳,有时甚至横渡去河对岸。难得江边有大片的沙滩和水彬树林,而且清静,直到毕业前的一周,班上男生才知道我们的这一去处。有一天教室里游泳圈满教室抛来抛去,等我们三个女生到达河边,已看到好多男生尾随而至。

I hadn’t been admitted to city key high school, so came near to attend Gu Tian Road High School. The class order was not so good. Boys were noisy who were far from mature as girls. There were several tall boys who were sprouts shapes. No love story happened in our class. I had two girlfriends in class who were very smart girls. We used to go to swim in Han River after school. Han River is the tributary of Yangtze River, about 200meters wide, water is very clear. Our homes and school were all near by the river levee, we always ran across the levee to swim in Han River, sometimes even swam across to the opposite bank. Once in a blue moon, there are a sand bank and water bin trees, and silence. Boys finally had known our place before one week we would be graduated from our school. One day, the buoys were shuttlecock in our class room. When we three girls arrived, many boys had followed us to the river bank.

高考我考到了武汉大学附属中专,两年制,在武昌。吴小姐上的是警官学校,在汉口。张小姐考得最好,读的是教育学院,三年制大专。而我的家也因我父亲的工作调动从汉口迁到了武昌,于是我们仨就被长江分隔开来。那时,只有一座五十年代苏联援建的武汉长江大桥,非常繁忙,过一次江,无论是乘公汽过桥还是坐轮渡过江都不太容易,车船都很慢、很拥挤。乘公汽得过两座桥——长江大桥和汉江二桥,跨越武汉三镇:武昌、汉阳和汉口,坐轮渡也得倒几次车才能到达我们的高中附近。我们从学校毕业以后,吴小姐在总机室做接线员,没事我们就经常煲电话粥,只要我在家,而她也正在值班的话。那时大家都没手机。1995年我们有了武汉长江二桥,大大缩短了过江的时间。我住在东湖边,离长江二桥很近,而吴小姐调到娘家附近的派出所做户籍,工作生活都在我们的高中附近,有直达公汽过长江二桥,将我们连接起来,不需要途经汉阳,于是走动就多一些。但我跟其它同学的联系还是很少,倒是有时跟吴小姐约着一起逛商场买衣裳。

We attended College Entrance Examination (Gaokao), I studied in a two years college of Wu Han University where is in Wu Chang. Miss Wu went into Police College where is in Han Kou. Miss Zhang got the highest score of us. She studied in three years College of Education. My home moved to Wu Chang from Han Kou at that time because of my father’s job transfer, so we three were divided by Yangtze River. We just had Wuhan Yangtze Grand Bridge which Soviet Unit helped to built in 1950s, it was very busy. Every crossing the great River, whatever bus crossing the bridge or ship crossing the river, that would not be easy for us, buses and ships were all crowd and slow. We need to cross two bridges by bus, Yangtze Grand Bridge and the Second Han River Bridge, over three towns of Wuhan that are Wuchang, Hanyang and Hankou. We also need to change several buses, if cross Yangtze River by ship. After we graduated from our schools, Miss Wu was an operator of Telephone Exchange Room, if only she was free on watch and I was at home, we were hooked on our phones. We all hadn’t a cell phone at that time. We had Second Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge in 1995 which greatly shorten hours between Wuchang and Hankou. I live near by East Lake where is very closed with Second Yangtze River Bridge, and Miss Wu got a job transfer to be a census register, just worked and lived near by our high school. We had direct bus crossing Yangtze River to connect us without by way of Hanyang, so we often arranged to go to shop together. But I was few to contact with other class mates.

这次同学聚会没想到是跟吴小姐的决别,因为五月份体检,她查出了肝癌,是从胃部转移到肝脏的,手术治疗的机会都没有了。六月十一日,武汉市出现雾霾,我跟她通了一次电话,后来周末去了一趟她家,她很坚强,想等不做化疗时跟他先生出去旅游。但她的身体每况愈下,最后一次与她通话是十月中旬,谢绝任何人去探视她,声音还很清晰,她说自己脸色很黄,十分难看。

This time of high school reunion, I’d never though of a farewell with Miss Wu. Because she was found out cancer of the liver in the physical examination on May, and cancer cells had been transfer from stomach without a surgical opportunity. It was a haze in Wuhan on the 11th, June. I called Miss Wu, worried about her in the bad weather. I went to her home later, she was very strong, hoped to travel with her husband after stopping chemotherapy. But her healthy had been from bad to worse. The last calling her I was in the middle of Oct. She refused any people to visit her, but her voice was clear, told me her face as paleaswax, very ugly.

十一月九日中午,我接到同学电话,告诉我吴小姐八日上午就走了。我赶紧请假赶到她家,她母亲见到我们这些吴的昔日发小,就抱头痛哭。我们上高中时,吴小姐的父亲就因患肝癌去世,吴小姐是长女,帮助母亲照顾两个妹妹。现在大女儿英年早逝,叫老母亲如何承受?还有她的先生和16岁的儿子,打击实在太大了。她是第一个离开我们的高中同学,现在我们高中同学在经常QQ群里聊天,联系得很紧密,我们珍视身边的每一个人。

I received a calling from class mate on the noon of 9th, Nov. who told me Miss Wu passed away on the morning of 8th. I asked for a leave immediately, and harried up to her home. Her mother as cried bitterly as see us. When we studied in our high school, Miss Wu’s dad had just died for cancer of the liver. Miss Wu was the oldest daughter who helped her mother to care her two younger sisters. By now the oldest daughter dies young, how does the old mother bear the brunt? As well as Wu’s husband and 16 years old son, really a heavy blow. She is the first class mate who left from us. We often chat in our QQ group now. We connect with each other very close. We treasure everyone being our sides.


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#2012-12-09 14:01:10 by anonymous4920 @anonymous4920

人生苦短,我们要好珍惜眼下的时光,不枉费一生。

#2012-12-09 17:22:45 by llyz @llyz

是的, 珍惜我们现在身边拥有的很重要。 无论我们生活在何处, 身边和内心都有着很珍贵的东西。 但有时往往我们却看不到,或者不去注意它, 认为是理所当然的。
事实上, 当我们珍惜周边的一切好的事物和感情,无论是对家庭,朋友, 同事还是同学, 这些东西和感情就会增值。有了珍惜这些好的东西和感情才会增值。

Emerson once said:" If the stars would shine once in a thousand years, we would all look up and praise the glory of this world. But because they shine every day, we take them for granted."

所以珍惜现在身边的人和好的事, 就是因为它们平凡和理所当然, 才更要珍惜。因为一旦当这种“理所当然”失去了,再也不能回来的时候, 我们会有内疚感,会伤心。与其将来后悔和伤心,不如现在就好好珍惜 :-)

#2012-12-09 23:09:07 by destiny1 @destiny1

新老照片对比,无限感慨。珍惜缘分珍惜生命珍惜时间。

#2012-12-10 01:00:37 by doctorj @doctorj

wow panda, what a wonderful story offering those in the west your always insightful and sensitive looks into chinese culture!

#2012-12-10 11:44:56 by anonymous4938 @anonymous4938

llyz 我喜欢你写的贴,中庸,不张扬,像一淡茶,朴实无华,赞一个!

#2012-12-10 14:34:42 by Grace172 @Grace172

同感!我已有两位中学同学几年前因病相继去世啦. 学生时代的友谊是最纯最真的,人生苦短,真的要好好珍惜!

#2012-12-10 20:04:24 by llyz @llyz

谢谢, anonymous。 我们大家一起互相交流, 学习和分享。这里发言的姐妹们各有各的特色, 世界真的很精彩喔 ;-)

#2012-12-10 23:46:00 by anonymous4951 @anonymous4951

唉,,,,黄泉路上无老少啊,,,活一天赚一天吧。

#2012-12-15 08:16:33 by hello141 @hello141

Thanks for sharing this story. This is a good way to remember Miss Wu.

#2012-12-17 12:34:09 by panda2009 @panda2009

@hello141,
Yes, in a way, by missing to be where we were when we were children, by missing to inhabit that time, as well, I want to back that time.


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