2009/08/21

Farmer vs Principle/農夫與校長

1959年,我媽剛當小學老師不久,有天有個農夫拉著三個學生到學校辦公室裡。剛上任的校長吳廸恭先生是外省人,聽不懂農夫講的臺語,要我媽當翻譯。

農夫很生氣。說那三個學生天天到他田裡偷東西,今天總算被他逮到了。

校長聽了,走到第一個學生面前,一手拉著學生的一隻手,另一手高高擡起,重重地一個耳光給他乎下去,一個清晰的五指紅印馬上浮現在白嫩的臉上…校長的臉上。

校長一面重重地自己掌嘴,一面罵道:「我這個校長!我這個校長!」學生先呆了一下,然後哭了出來。

接著,校長放掉第一個學生的手,拉起第二個學生的手,繼續掌自己的嘴。這時,農夫才回過神來,連說:「不用這樣啦!不用這樣啦!」

輪到第三個學生時,校長的臉已經腫起來了。農夫抓起斗笠,快步離去。
Ninteen fifty nine, soon after my mom became a elementary school teacher, a farmer dragged three students into the office. The new principle, Mr. Wu Digong, was from China. He did not understand that farmer's Taiwanese. So he asked my mom to be the intepreter.

The farmer was furious. He said those students had been stealing from him all the time. He had finally caught them.

The principle walked to the first student, held the student's hand in one hand, and use the free hand to slap hard... on his own face. As he doing so, he kept saying "I have been such a principle! I have been such a principle!" After the student realized what was happening, he began to cry.

The principle moved onto the next student. This is when the farmer came to. He kept saying "There is no need to be like this."

When it comes to the third student, the face of the principle began to swell. The farmer grabbed his hat, and left quickly.

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