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The Day I Finally Cried

时间:2007-6-12栏目:大学英语作文

I didn't cry when I learned I was the parent of a mentally handicapped child. I just sat still and didn't say anything while my husband and I were informed that two-year-old Kristi was - as we suspected - retarded.
銆銆"Go ahead and cry," the doctor advised kindly. "Helps prevent serious emotional difficulties."
銆銆Serious difficulties notwithstanding, I couldn't cry then nor during the months that followed.
銆銆When Kristi was old enough to attend school, we enrolled her in our neighborhood school's kindergarten at age seven.
銆銆It would have been comforting to cry the day I left her in that room full of self-assured, eager, alert five-year-olds.Kristi had spent hour upon hour playing by herself, but this moment, when she was the "different" child among twenty, was probably the loneliest she had ever known.
銆銆However, positive things began to happen to Kristi in her school, and to her schoolmates, too. When boasting of their own accomplishments, Kristi's classmates always took pains to praise her as well: "Kristi got all her spelling words right today." No one bothered to add that her spelling list was easier than anyone else's.
銆銆During Kristi's second year in school, she faced a very traumatic experience. The big public event of the term was a competition based on a culmination of the year's music and physical education activities. Kristi was way behind in both銆music and motor coordination. My husband and I dreaded the day as well.
銆銆On the day of the program, Kristi pretended to be sick. Desperately I wanted to keep her home. Why let Kristi fail in a gymnasium filled with parents, students and teachers? What a simple solution it would be just to let my child stay home. Surely missing one program couldn't matter. But my conscience wouldn't let me off that easily. So I practically shoved a pale, reluctant Kristi onto the school bus and proceeded to be
sick myself.
銆銆Just as I had forced my daughter to go to

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