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Living in the Moment

(2008-05-21 10:01:55)
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Living in the Moment
  发表日期:2008年5月6日   出处:ell      

 

 

—By Lumie Rose N. Jawili

She was 20 and he was 26. They met by the river on one May afternoon. She was a city girl who loved the outdoors, simple and carefree1. He lived in the small town of St. Anne and was a young man who nursed his grief, who loved to be alone and who shut himself off from seeing the real beauty of life. They were complete opposites.

"Hi!"she said. She was petite2 and looked younger than her age, unusually pale but there was some glowing in her small eyes. She was wearing a brown leather hat. He was sitting at the big roots of a mango tree at the riverbank, wait-ing for any fish to bite his bait.

He looked up and frowned as he saw the unfamiliar face. He looked back at the river and said, "Hello."

She sat beside him and said, "Mind if I sit here?"

"You’re already sitting there," he said without looking at her face.

She just shrugged her small shoulders. "My name is Gessana," she said after a long silence. "What’s your name?"

"Arthur."

After that they remained silent, and after a while she told him that she would go home now. Her cousin might be looking for her. He just nodded.

The following afternoon, she found him again in the same spot.

"Hi! Please, do you mind if I sit here again?" she happily asked.

A simple nod was his answer. She was wearing a yellow dress; this made her look very fragile.

"Where do you stay?" he asked her after she fully settled on the big stone beside the big roots where he sat.

She smiled and said, "Keanne is my cousin and she invited me to spend my summer vacation here."

He nodded again.

     "I like it here, the place, this river, and the quiet environment." She closed her eyes, leaned back on the mangoe’s bark and said.

He looked at her and then looked back at the water.

"Is that all?" he asked.

She opened her eyes and said, "Hmmm, it is relaxing here. I like the green grass, the feel of the rough mango bark on my back, and the warm stone I sit on. Everything!"

"A nature lover, huh?"

"Hmmm, sort of. How about you?" She looked at him and asked.

He shaked his head negatively and said, "Nothing."

She frowned, "Nothing?" He nodded.

"Hmmm, it sounds that it is something new!" she said jubilantly. "But honestly, a person has always something on himself: beauty, joy, cravings3, even loneliness and desperation. There is always something in a person’s life."

And that was the beginning. They became friends, sharing that something and nothing.

     But he lived in his dark past. She was the light that came to lighten his world, but summer would end after two weeks and his world would be dark again.

"But you don’t need to think sadness before it grips you," she said as they held each other’s hand under the mango tree at the riverbank.

"You will not enjoy life if you think of getting hurt someday. You will not feel what real love is if you restrain4 yourself from loving that special person wholly. Will you reap full trust if you sow only half? Interruptions come in a person’s life and we can’t stop them; nobody can. Someone we love might disappoint us; incurable sickness will embrace us; some people will leave us behind. Well, it’s natural. We don’t know what’s in store for tomorrow, so while we have some-thing now, let’s embrace it joyfully, thanking God for giving it to us, even for a short period."

"Yeah, I guess so."

     The following day was a cloudy day for him. As he cleaned his closet, he saw the picture of the woman he had loved before, he had been about to marry, a woman whom he’d given all his devotion and understanding, a woman he had adored, yet had left him because of some foreign ambitions —unattainable if she remained in their small village. The grief and bitterness flowed back to his heart like a strong current of the river.

She had been waiting for him for two hours already, yet even his shadow wasn’t there. But she still waited ... till the darkness enveloped the day and it was time for her to go home. Every day she waited for him at the riverbank until the summer was over.

 

(To be continued)

 

Notes:

1. carefree adj.无忧无虑的

2. petite adj.纤弱的,娇小的

3. craving n.强烈的愿望,渴望

4. restrain v.约束(自己),控制(自己),忍住

 

活在当下

    张辉 译

她二十岁,他二十六岁。五月的一天下午,他们在河边相遇。她是一个城市女孩,热爱户外的一切,天真纯朴而又无忧无虑。他,居住在圣安妮小镇,喜欢独处,拒绝去看到现实生活中的美,一个人固守着自己的忧伤。这是完全相反的两个人。

嗨。她打了声招呼。身形纤小的她看起来比实际年龄还要小,脸色不同寻常地苍白,可她小小的眼睛里却闪烁着光芒。她戴了一个棕色的革质帽子。他,正坐在河堤一棵芒果树的大树根旁,等鱼上钩。

他朝上看了一眼,当看到一张陌生面孔时,皱了皱眉,又把头转了回去,继续望着河里,回了一声:嗨。

她在他旁边坐了下来,说:你介意我坐在这儿吗?

 你已经坐在这里了。他说道。看也没看她的脸。

她只是耸了耸她的小肩膀。很长一段沉默后,她说:我叫吉撒娜。”“你叫什么?

 亚瑟。

那之后,他们就一直沉默着。过了一会儿,她告诉他,她要回家了,她的表姐可能正在找她。他只是点点头。

第二天下午,她又在同一个地方找到了他。

嗨,请问,你介意我再坐在这儿吗?她欢快地问道。

简单的一个点头就是他的回答了。她今天穿了一件黄色的衣服,这使她看起来更加弱不禁风。

 你住在哪儿?在她把自己安顿在他所坐的大树根旁的大石块上后,他问道。

     她微笑了一下,说:凯妮是我的表姐,她邀请我来这儿过暑假。

他又点点头。

    我喜欢这儿,这个地方,这条河,还有这里安静的环境。她闭上眼睛,斜靠在芒果树的树皮上说。

他看了看她,然后又把头转向了河中。

    就那么多吗?他问道。

她睁开眼睛说:嗯,这里让人感到放松。我喜欢这里绿油油的草地、我背后芒果树树皮那粗糙的感觉还有我坐着的这暖暖的石头。所有的一切。

 一个大自然的热爱者,哈?

 嗯,某种程度上吧。你呢?她看着他问道。

他否定地摇摇头说:我没什么可说的。

她蹙了下眉,说:什么也没有?

他点了点头。

嗯,听起来很新鲜啊!她欢快地说。可是老实讲,一个人总是有些事情可说的,美好啊,欢乐啊,渴望啊,甚至是孤独和绝望。一个人的生命中总是有些东西的。

他们的友谊从此开始了,他们分享着彼此的一些事什么也没有

     可是他还是活在他那暗淡的过去当中。而她,却是来点亮他的世界的那束光。然而,还有两个星期暑假就要结束了,他的世界又将陷入黑暗之中。

当他们在河堤的芒果树下拉着手时,她说:在忧伤吞噬你之前,你并不需要总想着那些伤心事啊。

 如果你总想着某一天会受到伤害,你就不会享受生活的一切。如果你总抑制自己去全身心爱某个人,你也不会体会到真爱是什么。你只播下一半的种子,又怎么可能收获到全部的信任呢?我们的生活总是会被各种各样的意外侵扰着,我们阻止不了这些,没有人能阻止得了。我们所爱的人可能会让我们失望,不可治愈的病魔会纠缠着我们,一些人会离我们而去。这些太正常了。我们不知道未来还有什么等着我们。所以当今天我们拥有什么东西的时候,就让我们尽情享受吧,感谢上帝所赐予我们的一切,哪怕只是暂时的。

 是的,我猜是这样的。

第二天对他来说可是个阴天。当他收拾壁橱时,看到了他以前恋人的相片。他们都准备结婚了。然而,这个他曾给出他全部衷情和理解的女人,这个他所爱慕的女人,却由于一些其他的个人抱负而离开了他。因为她留在这个小镇上,是不会实现那些的。一阵伤痛和辛酸就像一阵汹涌的水流一样又流回了他的心里。

她在那里已等他两个小时了,然而他的身影一直没有出现。她还在等着,一直到夜幕降临该回家的时候。每一天她都在河堤上等他,直到夏天结束。

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