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All you remember

All you remember about your child being eighteen is the day they were born and having all the time in the world.

Love: The One Creative Force
  A college professor had his sociology class go into the Baltimore slums to get case histories of 200 young boys. They were asked to write an evaluation of each boy's future. In every case the students wrote," He hasn't got a chance." Twenty-five years later another sociology professor came across the earlier study. He had his students follow up on the project to see what had happened to these boys.
  With the exception of 20 boys who had moved away or died, the students learned that 176 of the remaining 180 had achieved more than ordinary success as lawyers, doctors and businessmen.
  The professor was astounded and decided to pursue the matter further. Fortunately, all men were in the area and he was able to ask each one," How do you account for your success?" In each case the reply came with feeling," There was a teacher."
  The teacher was still alive, so he sought her out and asked the old but still alert lady what magic formula she had used to pull these boys out of the slums into successful achievement.
  The teacher's eyes sparkled and her lips broke into a gentle smile. "It's really very simple," she said. "I loved those boys."
一生的收获Life time Catch
  He was 11 years old and went fishing every chance he got from the dock at his family's cabin on an island in the middle of a New Hampshire lake.
  On the day before the bass season opened, he and his father were fishing early in the evening, catching sunfish and perch with worms. Then he tied on a small silver lure and practiced casting. The lure struck the water and caused colored ripples in the sunset, then silver ripples as the moon rose over the lake.
  When his peapole doubled over, he knew something huge was on the other end. His father watched with admiration as the boy skillfully worked the fish alongside the dock.
  Finally, he very gingerly lifted the exhausted fish from the water. It was the largest one he had ever seen, but it was a bass.
  The boy and his father looked at the handsome fish, gills playing back and forth in the moonlight. The father lit a match and looked at his watch. It was 10 P.M.-- two hours before the season opened. He looked at the fish, then at the boy.
  "You'll have to put it back, son," he said.
  "Dad!" cried the boy.
  "There will be other fish," said his father.
  "Not as big as this one," cried the boy.
  He looked around the lake. No other fishermen or boats were anywhere around in the moonlight. He looked again at his father. Even though no one had seen them, nor could anyone ever know what time he caught the fish, the boy could tell by the clarity of his father's voice that the decision was not negotiable. He slowly worked the hook out of the lip of the huge bass and lowered it into the black water.
  The creature swished its powerful body and disappeared. The boy suspected that he would never again see such a great fish.
  That was 34 years ago. Today, the boy is a successful architect in New York City. His father's cabin is still there on the island in the middle of the lake. He takes his own son and daughters fishing from the same dock.
  And he was right. He has never again caught such a magnificent fish as the one he landed that night long ago. But he does see that same fish-again and again-every time he comes up against a question of ethics.
  For, as his father taught him, ethics are simple matters of right and wrong. It is only the practice of ethics that is difficult. Do we do right when no one is looking? Do we refuse to cut corners to get the design in on time? Or refuse to trade stocks based on information that we know we aren't supposed to have?
  We would if we were taught to put the fish back when we were young. For we would have learned the truth. The decision to do right lives fresh and fragrant in our memory. It is a story we will proudly tell our friends and grandchildren. Not about how we had a chance to beat the system and took it, but about how we did the right thing and were forever strengthened.
  A little boy asked his mother "why are you crying?"
  "Because i'm a woman," she told him.
  "I don't understand," he said.
  His mum just hugged him and said, "and you never will"
  Later the little boy asked his father, "why does mother seem to cry for no reason?"
  "All women cry for no reason," was all his dad could say."
  The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry.
  Finally he put in a call to god; and when god got on the phone, he asked, "god, why do women cry so easily?"
  God said: "when i made the woman she had to be special. i made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the  world; yet, gentle enough to give comfort"
  "I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children"
  "I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining "
  "I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly"
  "I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart"
  "I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly"
  "And finally, i gave her a tear to shed. this is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed."
  "You see: the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair."
  "The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides."