Education starts from mother
One’s education started from family, especially his or her mother. There was a renowned psychologist in America who had done a study on the impact of mother on her children’s lives. He singled out 50 successful people in America and 59 people with criminal records and asked them to talk about the influence their mothers had exerted on them.
There are two letters impressing me most. One is from a famous celebrity from the White House while the other from a prisoner in jail. Both of them talked about the same thing in the letters: the story of their mothers’ distributing apples to them.
Here is the story from the prisoner:
When I was young, one day my mother brought several big apples of different colors and sizes, among which there was a biggest red one that I was eager to get. At that time, my mum put all the apples on the table and asked me and my younger brother, “Which do you like?” I was about to say “the biggest one” while my brother took one step ahead and said what I wanted to say. My mum glared at him and blamed him by saying, “A good child should know to give the best to others instead of being self-centered.” My learnt a quick lesson and said to my mum, “Mum, I would like the smallest one. The biggest one should be left for my brother!” At hearing my words, my mum felt more than happy and kissed my cheek, giving the biggest apple to me as a reward.
I told a lie but I got what I wanted by doing it. Since then, I learnt to lie. Later, I learnt to fight, steal and rob. I would try all means to get what I wanted. Then later I was put behind bars.
Here is the story from the celebrity:
When I was young, one day my mum brought several apples of different colors and sizes. Both my two younger brothers and I wanted the biggest one. My mum picked up the biggest apple and said to us, “It is good to get the biggest apple. Now let’s start a competition. I will divide the cone crusher in front of our house into three parts, each of you responsible for one respectively. Who could prune his own share of lawn the best and the quickest will be rewarded with the biggest apple.” I won the apple finally.
I feel very grateful to my mum because she taught me a very basic but significant wisdom: If you want to get the best, you must compete to be the No.1. She has been teaching us in this way and we followed her advice all the time. At my home, I needed to compete for what I wanted. It is quite fair because what and how much you want should be acquired with equivalent effort and cost.
The hand rocking the cradle is the one promoting the world. Mother is the first teacher of children, who can teach them to tell the first lie or teach them to be an honest and No.1-pursuing person.
Posted by nicole009py
March 09, 2012