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我认识的一位杭州姑娘(大留) (w English)

我认识的一位杭州姑娘(大留) (w English)

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读到好几篇网友写的关于小留的好文,近日也想起了自己认识的一位小留。此文写后给小姑娘看过,也征求她的同意附上这张照片。
 
 
 
 
大概是2017年的下半年,某人从大学校园里接回一个女孩来家里吃饭。女孩的母亲跟某人是中学同学,他们互相之间本已经没有联系了。所以当她从其他中学同学中得知我们就住在这座城市时,她女儿已经上大二了。记得那日我在家里准备饭菜,听到车库里车子驶入,我赶紧打开门,迎面走来的是一位高挑文静,浑身散发着青春气息的杭州姑娘,用十八姑娘一朵花来描述她真是恰如其分。她五官精致,长相清纯,尤其引人注目的是女孩的皮肤,又白又嫩,能掐出水来,宛如清水出芙蓉。
 
我当时见到她感慨啊,一方水土养一方人。同是江南人的后代,自己年轻时皮肤也好,可在这里长大的女儿,天天在大太阳底下晒,在学校上学,吃个中饭也是在太阳底下吃,一年到头皮肤晒得黑黑的。一到夏天学游泳要参加比赛,游泳池就像蒸锅煮龙虾,一个白白的身子进水,一个发红发亮的胳膊、腿出来,第二天身上就像烙了一件泳衣似的一个深深的印子。2010年夏天带女儿回国,亲戚朋友还纳闷,我女儿怎么会这么黑呢? 他们哪里晓得加州阳光的毒辣,那种一个冬天好不容易捂白了一些些,就会被一日的太阳晒得面目全非。只要暴露在外面,胳膊,脖子,脸,腿啊,一下子都会被晒得通红,第二天再由红变黑。这样环境下长大的,自然不能跟眼前这么细嫩白净的女孩相比的。
 
女孩子的父母都在国内高校工作,谈不上很富有,但是有足够的钱供孩子来这里读大学。她是家里的独生女,却不矫不作,不任性不乱来。三年里,也不见她找男朋友。或许是没有碰到合适的,或许是她还没有开窍,反正我每次见到她,她都是一副很知足很开心的样子。我想,是父母在她成长过程中给了她足够的爱,这份绵长的爱让她一个人身处异乡也不曾感到孤独感到寂寞。
 
女孩人很单纯,性格好,做事什么事都不着急,慢悠悠的,我自是喜欢。在后来的三年里,我也时不时做点吃的给她送过去,她功课不忙时,偶尔带她去海边或是山上走走,过节了请她来家里吃吃饭。2018年感恩节,女儿没回家,某人回国,我还让女孩带同学来家吃饭,做了一桌子菜给三个女孩吃。她们在我家无拘无束,又唱(全部是大学合唱团的,三个都是好声音)又笑,一直到十点多中我送走她们。(写过一篇博文,给她们做吃的,原文见此《2018年的感恩节》)
 
女孩原先是想学声乐的,在杭州一直有请专业老师辅导的。她母亲可能觉得唱歌以后养活不了自己,女孩也听话,就改学心理学了。不过,在大学里她一直在学校音乐社参加演出、独唱。我有看过她演唱的视频。她喜欢英文歌,声线很有辨识度,浑厚又有爆发力,虽然不属于那种特别清亮的,但是一开口就知道是个训练有素、很有潜力的歌手,唱的歌也很有时代感。
 
一日在油管上看到一位同是杭州出道的叶炫清在中国好声音上唱红了,还特意跟杭州姑娘聊了聊,才得知女孩的导师和叶的导师还很熟悉。时代真是不同了,如今这个时代,只要是金子还真是eventually会发光的。我相信有一天我会在舞台的聚光灯下看到这位杭州姑娘熠熠发光的身影。
 
 
女孩人很乖也很懂事,有一年圣诞节回家之前还买了贺卡,礼物送给我们,记得里面有一双护肤用的手套--一个连我女儿都不曾想到的礼物。
 
2020年三月,女孩提前毕业了,同时也已经收到U penn继续读硕士的录取通知书。因为疫情,她准备提前回国,临走前还把两个大的行李箱寄放在我家车库,说好等她八月回来读研,我再把箱子寄过去。
 
不料,这一走她就再也没有机会回美了。第一学期回不来,以为第二学期情况会好转。最后,一年的硕士课程都是人在国内网上修完的。从经济角度来看,硕士学位一样拿到,还省去了住宿等费用,还挺划算的。不过撇去经济因素,不能亲身体验藤校的氛围却也是一大缺憾。                              
 
在国内上学期间,女孩会在朋友圈里发一些照片,比如踏春的照片,学舞的照片,每看到一次,就觉得像她这样的乖乖女就应该留在父母身边享福,而不是出来闯世界的。
 
硕士毕业后没多久,一日她发微信来, 说要让我把两个大行李箱寄回国,因为她又要出国读书了。这次是去英国苏格兰一所名校学音乐剧。我听闻又是感慨万千,想起自己的女儿,一路读书很辛苦不说,一毕业就匆匆奔赴职场,曾经的光芒也在日复一日的忙碌中消失殆尽,青春也职场的压力中渐行渐远。
 
想来还是我这个做父母的没有能耐,不能让自己女儿像她一样挥洒青春,挥霍时光,追求自己的梦想。今日(6/27)又在朋友圈看见女孩的身影--苏格兰一望无际的青青高原上,站立着一位美丽的年轻姑娘,她的憧憬,她的梦想与天地一样悠远一样辽阔。The sky is the limit! 祝福她早日美梦成真!
 

As I opened the door to the garage to embrace JJ, who got out of the car and smiled at me, I was instantly beguiled by her youth and authenticity. Coming from Hangzhou, a city well-known for its scenery and beauties, JJ has an envious satiny face and a graceful slender figure that radiates youth and beauty that only belong to her age.

"We are defined and shaped geographically.” I thought to myself, nostalgic of my old days at hometown, having the same delicate skin. My girl, however, who was exposed to year-long blistering California sun, was deprived of fair skin, until she moved to Seattle in her mid-20s.

That year, JJ was a sophomore in psychology at a college in our city. In the ensuing three years, more amicable contacts between us were made as I invited her over for dinners, or took her around to the beaches and valleys. JJ is an unassumig girl, whose mild temperament is accentuated by her easy-going personality and slow-paced ease and demeanor. She is not a straight-A student, but ended up being admitted into U Penn as a graduate student. As pandemic erupted in 2020, her trip back to the U.S. for her one-year master program was dishearteningly deterred. She got her master degree without ever setting foot on the coveted campus.

While I was expecting her landing a good job in China, news came one day last summer that she was accepted into a famed musical school in Scotland. JJ has been known as a good singer, trained formally in China from teenager. Her voice is unique in its magnitude, and is distinguished by its technique and expressivity. But the conventional fear that she could not make a living out of singing may forcibly steer her away from the desired terriotory. However the dream of being a singer never diminishes in her. I don’t know how, five years later, she got her parents support to study abroad again. This time, it is another new land, and another new but old journey she joyfully embarks on.

Recently she posted in her Wechat moment some pictures she took in Scotland. Against the backdrop of blue-grayish skies and rolling plateau stood a young girl, clad in a loose sweater and a checker-patterned hat. Her silhouette is as young as her heart, and her dream is as vast as the land unfolding in front of her.  

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