2018年06月の太陽のほほえみ(Smile of the Sun)

PAPA, Can I help?

太陽のほほえみイメージ One day when Jiro had a day off, he decided to paint the window forms of his house. As he was climbing up the ladder to start painting, his five-year-old son appeared. "Papa, can I help?" he asked. Jiro was about to tell his son to go and play, because the work was too difficult for a little boy, but he said instead, "All right, you hold the ladder steady."

The boy gripped the ladder with all his might. After a little while his father had another request. "I need a little brush to paint in the corners. Will you go and get it for me?" It would have been faster for Jiro to go and get it himself, but he waited until the boy brought it.

Upon returning the boy again gripped the ladder. Then it was necessary for them to move the ladder. To do it alone was difficult for the boy, but he did so without asking for help.

Later it was necessary to go to the kitchen. Jiro needed a rag to wipe the window, or he was thirsty. Each time the boy was delighted to go for him. Each time he came back and resumed his grip on the ladder. It never occurred to him that the ladder was perfectly safe even if he were not there.

When the windows were finished, Jiro got down from the ladder, wiped his hands and then stood for awhile looking at the freshly painted windows. Then he said,"Well, the two of us did a pretty good job, didn't we? His son, bursting with pride, agreed with a big smile. "We sure did."

That day Jiro did far more than paint some window frames. He taught his son what it means to be needed. And he also taught him the meaning of responsibility and the joy of a job well-done.


パパ、手伝おうか

Smile of the Sun - 太陽のほほえみイメージ ある休みの日に、次郎は家の窓わくを塗り直すことにした。はしごにのぼってペン キを塗り始めた時、5歳になる息子がやって来て「パパ、お手伝いしようか」と聞いた。この仕事は小さい子供には難しすぎるので、次郎は「遊びに行っとい で」と言おうとしたが、「ああ、頼む。はしごを押さえてておくれ」と答えた。

 少年は、はしごをつかみ、力いっぱい押さえた。しばらくすると、父は別のことを頼んだ。「すみの方を塗るのに小さいブラシがいるんだ。取って来てくれないか」次郎は自分の方が早く取りに行けたが、息子が持ってくるのを待った。

 少年は、また、しっかりはしごをつかみ続けた。今度は、はしご を別の窓わくへ移すこととなった。子供がはしごを持っていると動かしにくいが、子供は手伝うと言ってきかない。

 このあとにも、また、台所へ行く 用事があった。窓を拭く布が必要だったり、喉が渇くと次郎は水が欲しいと言ったりした。そのたびに少年は喜んで用事をはたし、帰ってくるとはしごを押さえ る仕事を続けた。彼は自分がいなくてもはしごは絶対に大丈夫だなどとは思いもしなかった。

 塗り終えると次郎ははしごから降り、手を拭いて塗れたばかりの窓を見上げてしばらく立っていた。そして「2人はかなりうまくやったね」と言った。少年は誇らしそうにほほえんで答えた。「うん、2人でやったんだね」

 この日、次郎はペンキ塗り以上のことをした。彼は、息子が必要な人間であ ることを教えた。また、責任ということと、仕事がよくできた時の喜びについても教えたのである。