18.4.2【英语美文】一只猫教会我如何去爱 《流浪猫丑丑》Ugly the cat

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周一主题:【英语美文】一只猫教会我如何去爱《流浪猫丑丑》Ugly the cat


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丑丑和城市里的许多流浪猫咪一样,没有栖身之所,对人类有善意,渴望亲近,渴望被温柔以待,即使被嫌弃、驱逐,依旧毫无保留地付出爱。在被意外夺去生命的最后一刻,被人类以怜悯之心救下,它一生的渴望被终于被理解,躺在人类接纳它的臂弯里离去。一个幼小的生命以它的纯粹、坚韧和爱震撼了人类的心灵,丑丑教会了我们如何去爱。


Ugly the cat - Introduction

Street cats are often no beauties. They definitely don’t look much like those cute little fluffy kittens you see in the pet shop or your auntie’s cuddly and fat cat. Street cats have a hard life full of danger and threats. So had a cat called ‘Ugly’. Life didn’t treat this poor cat well; everyone and every other animal avoided and chased him away, for he was the ugliest cat they’d ever seen. Yet Ugly never gave up on loving them. Up until his last day, he showed that he was the most beautiful cat of the neighbourhood, (if not of the world) on the inside. The moral of this story is: Life is short. Learn to love truly and deeply. Give those you care for your all and, of course, never judge a book by its cover.


Ugly the cat

1.   Everyone in the apartment complex I lived in knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat. Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and, shall we say, love.

2.   The combination of these things combined with a life spent outside had their effect on Ugly. To start with, he had only one eye and where the other should have been was a hole. He was also missing his ear on the same side, his left foot appeared to have been badly broken at one time, and had healed at an unnatural angle, making him look like he was always turning the corner.

3.   Ugly would have been a dark gray tabby, striped type, except for the sores covering his head, neck, and even his shoulders. Every time someone saw Ugly there was the same reaction: “That’s one UGLY cat !!”

4.   All the children were warned not to touch him, the adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down, squirted him when he tried to come in their homes, or shut his paws in the door when he would not leave. Ugly always had the same reaction.

5.   If you turned the hose on him, he would stand there, getting soaked until you gave up and quit. If you threw things at him, he would curl his lanky body around your feet in forgiveness.

6.   Whenever he spied children, he would come running, meowing frantically and bump his head against their hands, begging for their love.

7.   If you ever picked him up he would immediately begin suckling on your shirt, earrings, whatever he could find.

8.   One day Ugly shared his love with the neighbours’ dogs. They did not respond kindly, and Ugly was badly mauled. I tried to rush to his aid. By the time I got to where he was laying, it was apparent Ugly’s sad life was almost at an end.

9.   As I picked him up and tried to carry him home, I could hear him wheezing and gasping, and could feel him struggling. It must be hurting him terribly, I thought.

10. Then I felt a familiar tugging, sucking sensation on my ear. Ugly, in so much pain, suffering and obviously dying, was trying to suckle my ear. I pulled him closer to me, and he bumped the palm of my hand with his head, then he turned his one golden eye towards me, and I could hear the distinct sound of purring.

11. Even in the greatest pain, that ugly battled scarred cat was asking only for a little affection, perhaps some compassion. At that moment I thought Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature I had ever seen. Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, try to get away from me, or struggle in any way. Ugly just looked up at me completely trusting in me to relieve his pain.

12. Ugly died in my arms before I could get inside, but I sat and held him for a long time afterwards, thinking about how one scarred, deformed little stray could so alter my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit, to love so totally and truly.

13. Ugly taught me more about giving and compassion than a thousand books, lectures, or talk show specials ever could, and for that I will always be thankful. He had been scarred on the outside, but I was scarred on the inside, and it was time for me to move on and learn to love truly and deeply. To give my total to those I cared for.

14. Many people want to be richer, more successful, well liked, beautiful, but for me; I will always try to be Ugly.


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