The Bicycle 腳踏車

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Mike was an 11 years old boy. He was the only son of his parent. His father worked as a carpenter and his mother was a homemaker. Although Mike’s family wasn’t a rich one, they lead a happy life.
Mike’s school was located a mile away from home. Mike’s birthday was coming up in a week. He requested his father to buy him a bicycle so that he can go to school in the cycle and not by walk and depend on his father to drop him at school. His father also promised him to buy a bicycle so that he need not walk to school anymore. Mike felt so happy.
The birthday boy woke up happily with his mother and father wishing him with all smiles on his birthday. Mike was feeling very happy and expects that his father would gift him the bicycle. He had a beautiful gift wrapped nicely in his father’s hand and surprised.
The father gifted him the parcel and Mike saw a set of books as the birthday gift from his father. Although he was a little disappointed as he did not receive the bicycle, he thanked his father.
Mike’s father was depressed as he did not have enough money to buy a cycle. He promised to his son that he would soon buy him a cycle.
After a week, when Mike was walking on his way home back from school, he saw a boy riding a cycle. It seems that the cycle was too small for the big boy. Suddenly, the boy crashed into a post and skidded on the street. Mike rushed to him and recognized that he was his schoolmate Sam.
Sam was injured badly and there was no one near to turn to. Mike helped him stand up and provided him water. Since Sam was riding the cycle really fast, his left leg and hands were severely scratched. He asked him to sit in a corner and took the cycle and rushed to a nearby hospital to get help.
An ambulance came and carried Sam to the hospital. Mike then rushed to Sam’s home and tell his parent about the accident.
Sam and his parent thanked Mike for the timely help. Mike, in turn, explained, “It was all because I had Sam’s cycle to do so.” Mike also told Sam’s parent, “cycle is too small for Sam to ride and that’s why he was injured.” Sam and Mike became close friends since. Mike visited Sam every day in the hospital until he was fully recovered.
Sam got a new cycle and he came to know that Mike doesn’t own a cycle. He gave his old cycle to Mike and with his parent permission, Mike gladly accepted the gift from his best friend.
One good turn deserves another.
提 要
「Do The Right Thing」(為所當為)如同「做好事、說好話、存好心」,是每個人應奉行、卻未必做得到的行為準則,但是11歲的小朋友做到了,他當機立斷、見義勇為,救了同學,也善有善報。
解 說
麥克是個十一歲的男孩。他是他父母的獨子。他的父親是一名木匠,母親是家庭主婦。儘管麥克的家庭並不富裕,但他們過著幸福的生活。
麥克的學校距離他家有一英里,下周內就是麥克的生日,他要求父親給他買一輛腳踏車,這樣一來,他可以騎車上學,不必走路,也不必依靠父親送他到學校。他的父親也答應他買一輛腳踏車代步。麥克覺得非常高興。
在他生日那天,小壽星幸福地接受父母親的祝福,他笑得很開心。高興的麥克希望父親能送他腳踏車。他的父親手裡拿著一件漂亮的驚喜禮物。
父親給他的包裹裡,麥克看到的是父親準備了一套書作為他的生日禮物。雖然因為沒有收到腳踏車而有點失望,麥克還是感謝父親。
因為沒有足夠的錢買單車,麥克的父親很沮喪。他答應兒子,很快會給他買一輛。
一周後,當他從學校走回家的路上,他看到一個男孩騎著腳踏車。這輛單車對眼前這個大男孩來說,似乎太小了。突然,這個男孩撞到了路邊的郵箱,在街上打滑。麥克衝向他嘗試幫忙,並認出他是學校的同學山姆。
山姆傷勢嚴重,除了麥克之外沒有人能幫他。麥克扶山姆站起來,給他水喝。由於山姆車速很快,他的左腿和雙手嚴重擦傷。麥克讓他坐在安全的角落裡,騎上單車,然後趕到附近的醫院求助。
一輛救護車到了現場,送山姆到醫院。麥克趕到山姆家,告訴他的父母關於這件意外的始末。
山姆與他的父母感謝麥克的及時援助。麥克也向他們解釋:「因為我有山姆的單車,才能夠幫得上忙。」麥克還告訴山姆的父母:「單車對山姆來說太小了,這是他受傷的原因。」山姆和麥克從此成為好朋友,麥克每天都到醫院探望山姆,直到他完全康復出院。
山姆有了一輛新的腳踏車,他發現麥克沒有自己的單車後,在他父母首肯的情況下,把對自己來說太小的單車送給麥克。麥克很高興地接受了他好朋友的禮物。
投桃報李、好心有好報。

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