HAPPINESS FOR THE CHILDREN

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HAPPINESS FOR THE CHILDREN

Happiness is a thumb and a blanket.
Happiness is an umbrella and a new raincoat.
Happiness is a pile of leaves.
Happiness is a warm puppy.
Happiness is finding someone you like at the front door.
Happiness is three friends in a sandbox with no fighting.
Happiness is sleeping in your own bed.
Happiness is a chain of paper clips.
Happiness is a climbing tree.
Happiness is a birthday cake with lots of candles.
Happiness is being able to reach the doorknob.
Happiness is knowing all the answers in the classroom.
Happiness is a night light.
Happiness is a good old fashioned game of hide and seek.
Happiness is a fuzzy sweater.
Happiness is knowing how to tie your own shoes.
Happiness is walking in the grass in your bare foot.
Happiness is eighteen crayons of different colors.
Happiness is finding out you are not so dumb after
all with many A's in your report card.
Happiness is having enough money for the movie,
popcorn and a candy bar.

童年樂事

快樂是口中含著姆指,蓋喜愛的毯子睡覺。
快樂是穿著新雨衣頂著傘在雨中行。
快樂是是一堆落葉。
快樂是一隻溫暖的小狗。
快樂是打開前門迎接你喜歡的朋友。
快樂是三個朋友在沙盒堛惘茖S有打架。
快樂是睡自己的床。
快樂是一串用迴紋針聯接成的鍊子。
快樂是一棵可以爬上去的大樹。
快樂是一個插著許多臘燭的生日蛋糕。
快樂是長得夠高可以碰到門的把手。
快樂是在教室堹鄏^答所有老師提出的問題。
快樂是晚上床頭的一盞小夜燈。
快樂是玩老式的捉迷藏遊戲玩得很有趣。
快樂是一件柔軟的毛絨衫。
快樂是自己會結鞋帶。
快樂是光著腳板在草地上走。
快樂是一盒十八種不同顏色的粉彩筆。
快樂是發現自己究竟不算太笨,
成績單上有許多科目都得甲等。
快樂是身上的錢夠買電影票,爆米花和一枝棒棒糖。

  註釋

賞析

  我找到一本以前在書報攤上買的兒童漫畫書,題目"WhatisHappiness" 。寫的都是孩子們心目中的樂事。所以邀請朋友們都向時光隧道逆走,回到小時 候,重溫一下童年往事吧!有一些似乎和國人品味稍有不同。也有些孩子的習慣 已在註釋中說明。不知你讀了引起多少神往!

我在想,如果是中國孩子來寫一定 有些不同,我生長在都市中,與鄉下孩子就大不同,我嚮往而沒有達成的,有捉 蝌蚪、抓泥鰍、捉螢火蟲、滾鐵環、騎腳踏車、放風箏等等,奇怪的是這堻ㄗS 有提。

我在廿六歲時才學騎腳踏車,我退休後有一次走過台北福和橋,橋下正在 舉行風箏大會,我竟童心未泯,也買了一隻來試飛,因與別的風爭糾纏在一起而 斷線飛了,我再買了一隻,直到興盡才帶著風箏回去,現在掛在書齋堙A時刻重 溫當時豪情,說出來博君一笑!

  本文摘自宇宙光雜誌