One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one.
One day the first snowflakes fell, and I held you up and watched them melt on your baby skin.
One day, we crossed the street, and you held my hand tight.
Then, you were my baby, and now you are my child.
Sometimes, when you sleep, I watch your dream, and I dream too......
That someday you will dive into the cool, clear water of a lake.
Someday you will walk into a deep wood.
Someday your eyes will be filled with a joy so deep that they shine.
Someday you will run so fast and so far your heart will feel like fire.
Someday you will swing high so high, higher than you ever dared to swing.
Someday you will hear something so sad that you will fold up with sorrow.
Someday you will call a song to the wind, and the wind will carry your song away.
Someday I will stand on this porch and watch your arms waving to me until I no longer see you.
Someday you will look at this house and wonder how something that feels so big can look so small.
Someday you will feel a small weight against your strong back.
Someday I will watch you brushing your child's hair.
Someday, a long time from now, your own hair will glow silver in the sun.
And when that day comes, love, you will remember me.
A Boy and His Tree
A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree. A little boy loved to come and play around it every day. He climbed to the tree top, ate the apples, took a nap under the shadow… He loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him.
Time went by…The little boy had grown up and he no longer played around the tree.
One day, the boy came back to the tree and looked sad. “Come and play with me,” the tree asked the boy.
“I am no longer a kid, I don’t play around trees anymore.” The boy replied, “I want toys. I need money to buy them.” “Sorry, but I don’t have money…but you can pick all my apples and sell them. So, you will have money.” The boy was so excited. He picked all the apples on the tree and left happily. The boy didn’t come back after he picked the apples. The tree was sad.
One day, the boy returned and the tree was so excited. “Come and play with me.” The tree said. “I don’t have time to play. I have to work for my family. We need a house for shelter. Can you help me?” “Sorry, but I don’t have a house. But you can cut off my branches to build your house.” So the boy cut all the branches of the tree and left happily.
The tree was glad to see him happy but the boy didn’t appear since then. The tree was again lonely and sad. One hot summer day, the boy returned and the tree was delighted. “Come and play with me!” the tree said.
“I am sad and getting old. I want to go sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat?” “Use my trunk to build the boat. You can sail and be happy.” So the boy cut the tree trunk to make a boat. He went sailing and did not show up for a long time.
Finally, the boy returned after he left for so many years. “Sorry, my boy. But I don’t have anything for you anymore. No more apples for you.” the tree said. “ I don’t have teeth to bite.” The boy replied. “ No more trunk for you to climb on.” “I am too old for that now.” the boy said. “I really want to give you something…the only thing left is my dying roots.” The tree said with tears. “I don’t need much now, just a place to rest. I am tired after all these years.” The boy replied. “Good! Old tree roots are the best place to lean on and rest. Come here, please sit down with me and have a rest.” The boy sat down and the tree was glad and smiled with tears…
This is a story of everyone. The tree is our parent. When we were young, we loved to play with Mom and Dad… When we grow up, we leave them, and only come to them when we need something or when we are in trouble. No matter what, parents will always be there and give everything they could to make you happy. You may think that the boy is cruel to the tree but that's how all of us are treating our parents.
許多年後男孩終於回來了。“很遺憾，我的孩子，我再也沒有任何東西可以給你了。沒有蘋果給你……”樹說。“我沒有牙齒啃。” 男孩答到。“沒有樹幹供你爬。”“現在我老了，爬不上去了。” 男孩說。“我真的想把一切都給你……我唯一剩下的東西是快要死去的樹墩。” 樹含著眼淚說。“現在，我不需要什麼東西，只需要一個地方來休息。經過了這些年我太累了。”男孩答到。 “太好了!老樹墩就是倚著休息的最好地方。過來，和我一起坐下休息吧。” 男孩坐下了，樹很高興，含淚而笑……
A Friend is....
A to Z
Accepts you as you are 接受原本的你
Believes in "you" 相信你這個人
Calls you just to say "Hi" 打電話給你只是想說聲"嗨"
Doesn’t give up on you 從不放棄對你的信心
Envisions the whole of you 預期你總是盡全力
Forgives your mistakes 原諒你的過錯
Gives unconditionally 無條件地付出
Helps you 幫助你
Invites you over 邀請你
Jest "be" with you 靜靜地在你的身旁
Keeps you close at heart 靠近你的心
Loves you for who you are 因你本來的樣子而愛你
Makes a difference in your life 使你的生活與以往不同
Never judges 從不評價你
Offers support 支援你
Picks you up 扶你一把
Quiets your fears 止息你的恐懼
Raises your spirits 鼓舞你的心靈
Says nice things about you 跟別人述說你好的一面
Tells you the truth when you need to hear it 當需要時會告訴你實情
Understands you 瞭解你
Values you 重視你
Walks beside you 與你同行
X-plain things you don’t understand 為你解惑
Yells when you won’t listen 當你不理智時叫醒你
Zaps you back to reality 把你拉回現實
Maybe you have many friend, But how many of them can finish A to Z?
也許你有很多“朋友”，但真正能做到 A 到 Z 的又有幾個呢?
Please have good care for your good friends. 請珍惜你身邊的好朋友!
Show your friends how much you care. 告訴你的朋友你有多在乎他們。