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The Child Who Was Sent to Us by Love

On having a student with autism in the class, translated…

In three years’ time, he’d only spoken twice.  Light, a tall and strong boy, diagnosed, with severe autism.

The first time I set my eyes on him, I could tell that he was different, Light’s mom told me nervously, “He’s of normal intelligence, very mild tempered, especially interested in animals and plants, would not attack others without provocation………”  Light gazed outside the window, toward the white sunlight, squinted his eyes, lost in thought, not saying a single word to me.

“Light, what are you looking at?”, “Light!”, that, was the only word he’d spoken, in that first year.

He’d gone to a regular high school, with the focus in competitions and entering into college, it was, truly, hard and trying for him.  He clearly fell behind the rest, in the classes, he’d sat, silent, like a statue, mild mannered and behaving, with the gazes seeming like he was deep in thought, and those lips that are forever sealed up.  As his classmates said hi to him, he’d just sat, silent, and observed.  The teacher worked hard, to try to get him to open up, Light just sat quietly and listened, without any responses.  This silent child, never spoke a word.

The schedule became busy in his second year of high school, Light became like a wood carved figure, followed closely behind his classmates, and, imitated their movements, without any facial expressions, like a grain of sand that existed outside the space and the time.  Only one class, on the relationship between humans and animals and plants, Light lifted up his head, and, a smile seemed to have, curled up his lips.  Then, quickly enough, he’d become, statuesque again.  After class, I’d asked him on purpose, “Light, do you like animals and plants?” “Flower!”, and that, was the only word of reply he’d given in his second year of high school.

The last year’s academic pressures had caused every one of his fellow classmates to be wind up tightly, and Light still trekked between the classes, silently.  On the day of graduation, Light’s mom got all dressed up and came.  “Thanks to the teachers and the classmates’ tolerating him.  The future?  We’re still thinking on it, thank you all for caring for him so.”

I’d placed the present into Light’s hands, “Light, this, is a graduation gift from me.”  Looking at that thickened volume of plant encyclopedia, Light’s eyes twinkled, it was, vague, but I had, caught the light.  Light didn’t say thank you, just gave me a slight nod, he’d followed behind his mom, walked out of the school silently.

I don’t know how this kid will walk through his life, I knew, that parents, teachers, as well as his classmates are merely passengers in his life.  And, everybody gave a helping hand when we’d met up, showed him the care and concerns, and, at the time of parting, we can only say our silent prayers and blessings, hoped, that the passengers in the next parts of his life can use a heart of gentleness, warmth, to accompany this unique child.

I believe, that so long as love is shared between people, that there’s this warmth, every Light in the world, will be touched, by strangers who cherished, and treated them well.

And so, this, is the wishes of a teacher for her student, and, because this student is autistic, he relates to the world around him in his own way, and, his classmates, his teachers had shown him tolerance for it, and allowed him to take his own time, not pushed him into socializing the “normal” way, and, we can only wish and hope, that this kid is going to be just as lucky and blessed, as he go through the rest of his life.

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The Achievements of an Unscholastic Student

Observations on education, translated…

My friend’s child, Wen, didn’t do well in elementary school, as he’d gone into middle school, he didn’t perform that well at all either, but, he had good character, and is very well behaved; but, because of his low grades, he was put into a class of rejects, my friend was completely disappointed, and, as her relatives, friends went to visit her, none of them DARED mentioned this to her—Wen became the buried landmines in the conversations with my friend.

Before graduation, the teachers at his school expected, that he won’t get into a regular public high school, so instead, Wen worked hard, to get into a technical high school, and gladly, he was able to get into a public technical high school.

After getting into technical high school, Wen was no longer a member of the class of rejects, instead, he’d become one of the gifted and talented students from his school, this made his father feel proud of him, finally!  In the interning factories of his school, he made the products very well, and his instructors were all in awe, “Genius!”, and, this became Wen’s nickname, and he’d also become the student tutor, showing the other students how to operate the machinery, and, he’d scored first place in his academics of his entire grade too.  During the time Wen was studying, he’d even received the championship trophy for the national technical competitions, after his technical high school career, he’d passed through the entrance exams, entered into the Industrial Education Majors of the Teachers’ University, and, Wen’s father became even more proud.

During his college career, Wen made high marks for his academic classes, as well as in his internship programs, he was able to get into his alma mater’s graduate department, after he earned his master’s degree, he’d gone back to the technical high school he attended to teach, during the time he was teaching there, he’d gotten numerous patents, and published a ton of theses, was voted as the most outstanding youth in the nation.  Later on, he became the person in charge of the school affairs, and passed the examinations for becoming a school principal, and, he’s counting down the days to when he could fill the post of a school principal.

Seeing how a child, who worried his father because he didn’t make good enough grades, to how he’d turned into an excellent school instructor, who SAYS that students from a class of rejects couldn’t do well?

Because this man was able to find the area he was interested in, and he was motivated, and worked real hard, that, was how he was able to succeed in life, and that still just tells you, that it doesn’t matter IF you don’t make the grades in school earlier on in life, so long as you’re willing to work hard, you CAN achieve!

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With a Wife, and a Spare, He’d Still Used Acid on Someone Who Was Already Married and Didn’t Reciprocate His Feelings Back

We have a “specimen” of a POSSESSIVE LOSER here, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

A married man, Chu moved in with his girlfriend, Wang, but, because he was in a one-sided love with a married woman from upstairs, Tsai, Chu found, that the plumbing contractor, Lee had often frequented the apartment a floor up from his, Tsai’s place, he’d started feeling jealous; on the evening of the seventh, he’d first slashed the tires of Lee’s SUV, waited until Lee came to fix the tires, and used strong acid, sprayed it into his eyes.  The Chungshan Police subprecinct used the description of the victim, and reviewed the surveillance, and found out that it was Chu who did this, after they took him in, interrogated him, booked him based off of attempted murder, and serious injuries, along with other charges.

Chu denied having committed the crimes, stated that the surveillance was blurry, and, “That wasn’t me!”  Her husband had acid burns in his eyes, and runs the risks of becoming blind, Lee’s wife questioned, “Was it a mistake?”

The fifty-eight year-old suspect, Chu was a bulldozer operator before, and is now retired, every day, he’d watched the stock markets, and invest; Chu had separated from his wife, and shared the same apartment building with the woman, Wang, for almost twenty years.  The victim male, Lee was a contracting plumber, met Tsai on the third floor because of his work, Tsai had once referred him to someone she knew, and, because the Tsai’s house was under renovations, and, Lee took the job for that too.

At around nine in the evening of the seventh, as Lee finished discussing the details of the remodeling of Tsai’s house, he’d gone downstairs, found that the right front tires of his SUV had become deflated, he’d driven it to a garage on Chang-An East Road; as Lee went out of his car to check on the extent of the damages of his tires, he was sprayed with some sort of an acid on him, by a man in a fisher’s hat, glasses, and a face mask.  After the man sprayed the acid, he ran off quickly, and, the garage immediately called the ambulance.

As Lee was being splashed, he still had his seeing abilities, and called Tsai, and his wife, to tell them someone attacked him, but, the strong acid had spread out, as he was lifted to the MacKay Memorial Hospitals, as the doctors were dressing his wounds, it seemed that he had lost his sight completely.  Lee told the police, that he had come face-to-face with the man who sprayed the acid, “looked like Chu from downstairs.”

The police reviewed the surveillance footage of the nearby area, found that before the incident, Chu had left his home with a cap on, and, waited for an hour at the building, and, after he’d injured Lee, he’d even changed his attire, took off his hat, put on a pair of shorts.  The police arrested Chu with a search warrant, he’d insisted, “I don’t know Lee”.  The police investigated, Chu seemed to have a crush on Tsai, and, Lee and Chu would interact often, and knew one another, so they found that Chu’s statement of not knowing Lee was unbelievable.

Based off of understanding, Tsai’s resident was bought from Chu’s older brother, she’d lived with her husband, and had no other interactions with Chu, save for the neighborly sort.

That just shows how GREEDY men can get, this LOSER already HAS a wife, a WHORE on the side, and, he’s in love with the woman who lived upstairs, and, he got jealous of the man who went to fix up his upstairs neighbor’s house?  Wow, you’ve GOT to be SHITTING me here!

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The Murders of Kaohsiung Medical University, His Best Friend Fell in Love with a Younger Female Schoolmate for Just Two Days, He’d Murdered His Friend

See how short-lived the love was???  From the Front Page Sections, translated…

The medical student from Kaohsiung Medical School, Huang, after murdering his close friend in the class, Liu, attempted suicide, the investigators found, that Huang had used the excuse of needing to get drunk and pouring his heart out, to get Liu to go to his place, and after he’d murdered Liu, he’d set up the crime scene to look like it was a fire, and pretended to be super drunk, actually, the breathalyzer showed that he hadn’t had anything to drink, and this had happened, two days, after Liu had started dating a younger schoolmate he had a crush on.

The police and investigators found, that the girl, on the 25th of last month had agreed to be Liu’s girlfriend, and that very day, they’d gone out together, on the late night of the 27th, Huang asked Liu to his place to drunk, and, Liu had even texted his girlfriend that “it would be awkward, meeting with Huang”, and, shortly after he’d arrived, Liu was murdered.

The school stated, that the girl didn’t show up for school on the 29th of last month, became emotionally unstable and needed the company of her family members, the school will give her counsel.  Her classmate told, that everybody knew that Huang and Liu were the best of friends, and she’d mentioned to her, that when she’s dating one of them, she must be extremely careful.

When Huang was murdering Liu, he’d texted the younger schoolmate using Liu’s cell, saying that he was “making food”, and the cell phone still wasn’t found to this date, the police got a hold of the records of communication, to see if there’s a third party who knew about it, to clarify the reasons Huang murdered, and to see if there are others who may know about what was going to happen, before it did.

The attorney, Chia-Rong Liu stated, that on the 29th of last month when Huang turned himself in, he’d stated, “My life is over”, “If I get sent to jail, then, I don’t want to live anymore”, although he’d agreed to turn himself in, but Huang didn’t have the courage to tell his father the truth, asked him to come the very next day; and Huang never showed, and, although he’d notified the police immediately, it was, too late already.

So, this, is how messy this love triangle got, and, the men were best of friends growing up too, and yet, love still came between them, because the girl whom the murderer loved didn’t reciprocate his affections, that made him angry, and, seeing how his best friend had gotten her attention, it’d made him even MORE furious, which was why he’d murdered his best friend, and, love IS the culprit, of this murder!

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A Daughter Who Shows Gratitude

The ins & outs of life, translated…

“Mommy, can we give a few bags of meatballs and sausage made by dad to Aunt Wen-Jen this year?”

Hearing these words from my daughter, I couldn’t help, but smile on the inside, fi Wen-Jen had heard these words, she must feel very comforted, that she didn’t love my daughter for nothing.

When my daughter was in her second year of kindergarten, because both my husband and my visa to the U.S. were about to expire (back then, we needed to renew our visas every five years), we’d decided to go to Hawaii one more time.  But, we couldn’t get our daughter’s visa yet, and, getting one would not be matched to our time of departure, plus, the flight was over ten hours, she probably couldn’t withstand it.  When I was worried about it, my coworker, Wen-Jen “jumped out” to help me out.  After I’d taken my daughter to meet her once, my daughter had actually agreed, to go to her place while we went on our second honeymoon.

And now, five years had come to pass, my daughter still remembered the caring ways that Wen-Jen took care of her back then, and, when we’d taken her out to travel, she’d commented from time to time, “Aunt Wen-Jen and Uncle Xiang-Xiang had brought me here before.”

And, she’d told me of how she misses the big brother and big sister at Aunt Wen-Jen’s house, that it was, the best memories of her childhood years.

And now, as my daughter found chances to come to the school I worked, she’d always managed, to find Wen-Jen who’s working in the office, and, Wen-Jen is truly, a “Master of All Children”, she’d taken our child’s heart.  Being very handy, she’d made the purses herself, and, would remember to make one, with my daughter’s favorite cartoon characters.

Seeing how happy they interacted with one another, as a mom, I’m happy as well.  The friendship we shared got to continue on, and, my daughter seemed to have gained another set of parents, and the love of the older brother and sister too, and my daughter learned to be grateful too, that, was not what I’d expected to have happened.

This, would be the interaction, with someone’s child’s best friend, and, the child still recalled how nice the family that babysat for her was when she was younger, and, she’d wanted her mom, to give something back to the family that looked after her, kindness IS reciprocated here.

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No Matter How Hard It Got, He Still Made His Art, a Student with Cerebral Palsy: I Found My Wings, in My Art

A story of inspiration here, to all, from the Newspapers, translated…

A severely handicapped third-year student with cerebral palsy, who is in the Public He-Mei Experimental School, in the art departments, He enjoyed going to school a lot, and, loved art more, but, his limbs are slowly, becoming more and more stiff by the day, he couldn’t draw or paint on his own, gladly, with the help of his physical therapist and art instructor, they’d made instruments to help him draw and paint, he had the chance, of developing his art skills further, and was able to, knock on the doors of related majors of the varied universities.

He lives in Nantou, in the past twelve years’ time, his mother, Ke would drive him to and from school, and help him to study in the arts.  Ke said, He loved going to school, and, even when he’d fallen ill, he still refused to take a leave of absence, several times that he was kept at home to rest up, he’d started getting upset, and her and her husband had lifted up the white flags toward their son’s requests, and, allowed her child, to “play video games to his heart’s desires, and eat whatever he wanted to,” to stop him from objecting on not being in school.

“I’d made new discoveries at school every single day!”, said He, the teacher taught him to draw, taught him how to use the computer programs to create art, although he was immobilized, his heart soared in the creations freely, he’d hoped, to be like the main character of the latest Miyazaki animated feature, to fly with the wind, to never give up, until he’d achieved his own dreams too.

Every time before he’d started creating his art, He would put on the special wrist support created for him by his art teacher, Lin, and others, and he’d used a sponge, to help him hold on to the pen that he was drawing with, dipped the brush, into the specialized foam cup, and worked hard, to “dip” onto the drawing papers, the multiple dots had formed a picture, like the Western Impressionist artworks.

He’s handicaps exacerbated by the days, and, he’d needed six to eight times more the time that regular students would take, to finish a painting, he’d taken an entire semester, to finish the watercolor piece, “Autumn”, he’d used bright colors, it was breathtaking, and he was invited to put on an art exhibition with the He-Mei Art School.

The principal, Lee, from He-Mei Art School said, that He is of normal intelligence, and knew well, that he is slowly, losing control of his own body, and, the angle to which his wrists and arms are able to move is being reduced by the day, and so, he’d started, planning his studies after he gets admitted into university, and, his spirits are moving, and he is, a role model for his peers.

And so, this high school aged kid didn’t let his handicap stop him from doing what he enjoys, and, with the accommodations made by his teachers and school, as well as with the support from his parents, he was able, to live his dreams.

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My Son’s Swift Hands, on the Education of Children

Translated…

When my son was just three or four, I’d found, that he had extremely swift hands, he could build a set of Legos into something very complex, a small robot or a small car, whereas the other kids can only stack the pieces, one, on top of the next, sometimes, he’d kept his older brother by three years in awe too.

He was happiest when a toy broke, because then, he could tear it apart, and, what’s more impressive was, he could mix and match the broken toy pieces, made it into a brand new toy.  When he was in the third grade, he’d started taking the motors out of his toy cars, and, remodeled the parts, turned them into other cars’ wheels and bodywork, and, connecting a wire and batteries are super easy for him, he’d even redid the remote controls, then, it’d become, a weird shaped, brand new, race car.

The chairs of our supper table would become unstable because the nails became loose, and, all I could do, was to hammer them all back in again.  He was just in the fifth grade, found a steel keychain ring, he’d wrapped the ring around the body and the leg of the chair, then, used two nails, to stabilize the two ends, solved that problem at once, very impressive.

He’d already known, that he will enter into technical high school that allows him to have hands-on experiences.  Although my youngest son didn’t have the outstanding grades, but he does have a pair of swift hands, and has a set direction toward the future, so, I’m totally, not worried at all, about his future!

So, this child showed HIS areas of expertise and interests very early on in life, doesn’t he, and, his parents encouraged the developments too, allowed him to go off freely on his own, they don’t force him to enter the traditional school where there are just books, tests, more books, AND more examinations to follow…

 

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