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We Never Told Him He Couldn't

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My son Joey was born with club feet. The doctors assured1 us that with treatment he would be able to walk normally2 - but would never run very well. The first three years of his life were spent in surgery3, casts4 and braces5. By the time he was eight, you wouldn't know he had a problem when you saw him walk .
 
The children in our neighborhood ran around as most children do during play, and Joey would jump right in and run and play, too. We never told him that he probably wouldn't be able to run as well as the other children. So he didn't know.
 
In seventh grade he decided6 to go out for the cross-country team. Every day he trained with the team. He worked harder and ran more than any of the others - perhaps he sensed that the abilities that seemed to come naturally to so many others did not come naturally to him. Although the entire team runs, only the top seven runners have the potential to score points for the school. We didn't tell him he probably would never make the team, so he didn't know.
 
He continued to run four to five miles a day, every day - even the day he had a 103-degree fever. I was worried, so I went to look for him after school. I found him running all alone. I asked him how he felt. "Okay," he said. He had two more miles to go. The sweat7 ran down his face and his eyes were glassy from his fever. Yet he looked straight ahead and kept running. We never told him he couldn't run four miles with a 103-degree fever. So he didn't know.
 
Two weeks later, the names of the team runners were called. Joey was number six on the list. Joey had made the team. He was in seventh grade - the other six team members were all eighth-graders. We never told him he shouldn't expect to make the team. We never told him he couldn't do it. We never told him he couldn't do it...so he didn't know. He just did it.



  
1 assured     
a.确实的,深信的
参考例句:
  • He spoke in a calm, assured voice. 他冷静自信地说。
  • The makers of the product assured us that there had been no sacrifice of quality. 这一产品的制造商向我们保证说他们没有牺牲质量。


  • 2 normally     
    adv.正常地,通常地
    参考例句:
  • I normally do all my shopping on Saturdays.我通常在星期六买东西。
  • My pulse beats normally.我脉搏正常。


  • 3 surgery     
    n.外科,外科手术;手术室
    参考例句:
  • What time does surgery finish?门诊什么时间结束?
  • Your condition is serious and requires surgery.你的情况很严重,需要动外科手术。


  • 4 casts     
    v.投( cast的第三人称单数 );掷;扔;浇铸
    参考例句:
  • He casts up his accounts at the end of each day. 每天结束时他都结一次账。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The tree casts a shadow on the ground. 树的影子映在地上。 来自《简明英汉词典》


  • 5 braces     
    n.吊带,背带;托架( brace的名词复数 );箍子;括弧;(儿童)牙箍v.支住( brace的第三人称单数 );撑牢;使自己站稳;振作起来
    参考例句:
  • The table is shaky because the braces are loose. 这张桌子摇摇晃晃,因为支架全松了。
  • You don't need braces if you're wearing a belt! 要系腰带,就用不着吊带了。


  • 6 decided     
    adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
    参考例句:
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。


  • 7 sweat     
    n.汗,汗水,水珠,焦急;vi.出汗,渗出,冒出水气,结水珠,烦恼,懊恼;vt.使出汗,流出,榨出,使汗流浃背
    参考例句:
  • She was all of a sweat.她一身大汗。
  • She is always all of a sweat before the exam.她临考前总是急得不得了。



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