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What would you do if you were Joachim?

刊登日期: 2018.05.04
作者: Auntie Isa  

Joachim had no idea why he had no school on 1st of May. Early that morning, according to what the holiday was named, Labour Day, he listed(列出)his parents many items that he had been wanting to get fixed by them. That included changing the light bulb(燈膽)in his room, hammering(揼)the broken bookshelf, screwing the leaking tap(漏水龍頭)in the toilet, shopping for new things and many more… In return, he only got a cold shoulder(冷淡而不瞅睬)from them. 

With much doubt, Joachim looked up for the meaning behind Labour Day. He found out that it is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. Labour Day has its origins(起源)in the labour union(工黨)movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated(提倡)eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. Happily he proclaimed(公布)to his parents immediately that going to school already took up eight hours a day and he would refuse(拒絕)to study any more at home. His mom and dad agreed but they also started not doing any housework from that day onwards, claiming(聲稱)that they had worked over eight hours at the office. For the whole week, the laundry was not done, no one cooked dinner and the house has been very messy.  

What would you do if you were Joachim? 

  • Said is said, I would insist my stance(立場)and see who could stand the mess longer. I’d guess my parents would give in(讓步)soon if I feed myself with the most unhealthy food. 
  • I’d rethink why they could be so upset. In a family, it is very hard to calculate who is doing more and who less. Apologizing would be too disgraceful (丟臉), I’d tidy up the house and that would show my sincerity(誠意)to end this cold war (冷戰). 

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