孟軻改過勤學

孟轲 was watching adults crying at a funeral. Then his mother said, “ You are 6 now. It’s time for you to learn and read words.” as she handed him scroll. But instead of doing what his mother has asked him, he and his friends played a funeral game. Then his mother said again, “ 孟轲 what are you doing!?”
“ We are playing a funeral game.”
“ You don’t work and you play a sad game? When are you going to learn how to study?”
“ Mommy, I just want to copy adults, am I wrong?”
“ You can’t copy everything their doing!”
“ Why?”
“ Well! If we live here you’ll never learn how to study! We will move!”
And they did.孟轲 asked ,” Mommy, where are we going to move?”
“ Anywhere is fine”
They soon arrived at a market place where everyone is busy selling and buying things.
“Mommy? Is this where our new house is going to be?”
“Yes. No matter How poor we are we still have to get a good house that can make you study.”

孟轲 looked out the window of his new home. Then his mom said,” 孟轲, since we have a new house now and a good example, it’s time for you to study.” as she handed him the same scroll.

But what 孟轲 saw out the window was a man selling pork.’ Hurry up and buy pork! Very delicious and not expensive!’
So instead of reading and learning, 孟轲 took a carrot and knife and went to play with his friends
He cut the carrot into fourths and said,” Hurry up and buy pork! Very delicious and not expensive! Hahaha”
His mother watched at a corner and started weeping.

“ Mommy why are we moving again?” asked 孟轲 while he rode with his mother on a cart.
“ Ask yourself.”
“ Mommy! Where are we going move?”
“ I don’t know. But We can’t move back there.”
“ Is it because of me?”
“ Child, you are really good at copying other people but you have to learn more than that and do more important things.”

Then their servant spoke up,” Miss, we have already been walking for a day, when are we going to stop?”
“ I don’t know.”
“ Mommy! How come Our new house is so far away?”
His mother didn’t answer. soon they arrived to a village where the sound of kids reading filled the place. 孟轲 copied
them. Soon he studied at home everyday. That made his mother’s tears run down her cheeks.
“ Mommy, why are you crying?” said 孟轲
“ No, I’m not crying I very happy.” answered his mother choking back tears.
Then the teacher came and his mother said, “ Say hello to teacher. Hurry.” Then to the teahcer she said, “This child always hears the sound of children reading. He loves studying please accept him as a student! Please”
“ I have already heard that there was a kid that comes to the school everyday and I never thought it was you! Okay I will accept him as my student.

孟轲 always came to school that day and on. But soon he memorized most of what they learned. But the teacher took it a different way, he thought that 孟轲 was lazy and was playing. So he said, “ 孟轲, since the very first day you came to school, you were hard working. And now you’re not new anymore and you don’t work hard anymore.”
孟轲nodded and left. He ran to a tree and climbed it searching for a bug. But then a snake was on one of his fingers. So he screamed and fell.
He went back home and opened the door. There, he found his mother calmy weaving cloth.

“ Hello孟轲 how was school today?”
“ G Good”
“ Did the teacher say anything about you.?”
“ No”
“ Liar!”
“ T Today I quit school.”
His mother gasped and sat down,” You don’t have to go to school anymore! And I don’t need to weave cloth for you anymore!” she yelled as she cut the weaved cloth in half.
“ Mommy! Why did you cut the cloth in half?! I will never quit school again! Mommy!”
“ Child, do I work hard on weaving cloth?”
“ Yes”
“ Is it sad that I cut it in half”
“ Sad”
“ But why would I do that 孟轲?”
“ Because you are mad”
“ Why am I mad?”
“ Because I quit school”
“ You still dont get it! Because of you we moved three times! Ever sice we arrived here, you finally knew how to study! Letting you study is so hard! But you just give up like that!”
“ Mommy! I know I’m wrong!
Then she stomped to the cloth ripped everthing up.
“ Mommy, I know now. I will not give up on studying and I will not learn from this broken cloth!”
And soon after that, 孟轲 finally studied everyday no matter what

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