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A Crippled Boy Essay

978 words - 4 pages

Once there was a boy in my village named "Chieu." He was crippled in both legs and could hardly walk. Since he could not work he had no choice but to live on rice and vegetables which kind people gave him. Chieu was a weak, thin boy, who had no family; in fact, everyone tried to shun him whenever they would see him. One day, my friends and I were walking toward to the playground. Often I saw Chieu sitting and watching the other children playing and running. So, I decided to invite him into my team, but my friends said, "No! He is a crippled boy, don't you see!" I replied "So, does it matter?" It didn't matter how hard I tried to explain; they still didn't agree to let him be part of my team. Unable to join us, he felt very miserable. I was so mad; I just wanted to beat those guys up! "It's okay", Chieu said. To amuse himself, he practiced throwing pebbles at targets. He could spend hour after hour practicing his aim. Having nothing else to do, he soon learned to hit all of his targets. Other kids took pity on him and gave him more gravel to throw. What those kids did for him touched my heart. I just wanted to cry, but I tried to restrain myself. I walked toward to him and asked him many questions. Chieu mirthfully answered all of my silly questions. Besides his achievement of hitting all of his targets, Chieu could also make all sorts of shapes with stones on the ground. The next day was a beautiful sunny day. Birds were singing, and dancing to greet the new day. There were a lot of people at the park having fun. Chieu was also there; he sat under a big banian tree, which provided him with a delightful, cool, comfortable shade under its thick leaves. Just as usual, Chieu aimed stones at the thick foliage and managed to carve it into the lines of animal forms, just as he did with his first throwing achievement. Because of that, he was very pleased at what he could do and soon forgot his loneliness. Because of his persevering, he never thought himself a crippled boy. He had made me a better person, and I now open my heart more to everyone. He taught me never to draw back or be despondent in any kind of situation and always look ahead. At that time I had no idea that I would ever face a similar obstacle, but I soon did. After years with unsuccessful attempts of learning Tai Chi (Kungfu), which I called "Self-Universal," I started learning it. From when I was a little kid until I was the same age as Chieu, which is fourteen I...

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