So most Sundays
I bang out a quick 5km run around my local park,
it resets my body clock
after a weekend
playing video games
or writing until like 3am.
as I'm getting to the last half a kilometre ,
I see a figure in the distance.
They have brightly coloured, pink footwear on,
I'm only just sort of registering this
in my exhausted state
they hit the deck.
To my surprise,让我惊讶的是
they just get right back up again,他们却很快站了起来
wham they hit the deck,
only this time,
they don't get up.
I pick up the pace a little,
jogging over to them
and asking if they're okay.
It's a girl,
maybe ten or eleven,
all on their own,
taking off a pair of roller skates
with their face all red
from what were obviously two painful falls
onto hard concrete.
Yeah, I'm okay, thanks,
But she is not okay.
There's tears forming in her little eyes
as she takes off her rollerblades
and swaps them for training shoes
she's been carrying in her bag.
That was a really bad fall,
are you sure you're okay?
I just got scared
Have you just started Roller Skating,
it's obvious she has,
the skates are like brand new.
I only got them on Friday!
a little smile appearing
as she remembers
how happy and excited she must have been to get them.
But, you know,
I think it might be a bit too windy to practice,
I used to skateboard
and it's amazing
how a little bit of wind
can throw you off your balance!
Yeah, it is really windy,
then that little tear forming in her eye
began to drip down her cheek.
She was doing everything in her power
not to cry in front of a stranger,
she had to be strong.
Her little voice quivered ,
but not once did she break.
Are Mummy and Daddy around?
I asked her,
to see if there were any parents nearby
to call over.
No, my Mum is at home
so you came all the way here on your own
because you're so excited to use your skates!?
her smile sort of overrides the tears.
She's proud of herself,
and I am too.
you are the bravest little girl I have ever met!
Do you live close by,
I only ask because
if you fall
and graze your elbow,
it's just a short walk home isn't it
but my Mum said
not to tell people where I live
She smiles again.
Well, I continue,
I'm going to carry on running.
You look after yourself, okay?
And I really mean it,
you are so brave
learning to roller skate like that!
she says again,
she's stopped crying,
she just looks so proud of herself.
You are so welcome!
it triggered something parental in me,
I just started crying.
People are absolutely amazing sometimes,
and if or when I have kids,
if they're half as brave and strong as that little girl,
I'll be a very, very proud father indeed.
Keep it up,
you made me proud to be a human today.今天是