百度搜索 芒果街上的小屋 天涯 或 芒果街上的小屋 天涯在线书库 即可找到本书最新章节.那些特殊的孩子，那些脖子上套着钥匙的孩子，他们在餐厅吃饭。餐厅！<span class="" data-note="原文是teen，来自法文的英文单词，小孩听来可能觉得洋气。"></span>名字听起来就不一样。那些孩子在午餐时间去那里，因为他们的妈妈不在家，或者家太远了不好回。bbr></abbr>
可蕾妮说她从不想在学校吃，因为她喜欢和她最要好的朋友一起回家，格洛莉亚住在校园对面。格洛莉亚的妈妈有个大彩电，她们就在那里看卡通片。另外，奇奇和卡洛斯是童子军，他们也不想在学校吃。他们喜欢站在寒冷中，尤其在下雨的时候。自从看了电影《斯巴达三百壮》<span class="" data-note="一部经典战争片。讲述公元前480年波斯人入侵希腊，斯巴达国王列奥尼达斯率领三百壮士对抗压境强敌，在力量对比极为悬殊的情况下，以少抗多，血战至死，宣扬了一种无畏的英雄主义气概。斯巴达是一个军事社会，所有男子未等成年都要接受艰苦的军事训练，来锻炼他们的意志和作战能力。"></span>后，他们就认为吃苦有好处。
然后她很抱歉，说我可以留下来，只是今天，明天或者以后——你就回家。我说好的，可以给我一张面纸<span class="" data-note="原文是Kleenex，是世界上最早的面纸品牌，因此，很多美国人保持了把面纸叫成“kleenex”的习惯。Kleenex品牌到了中国就是“舒洁牌”。"></span>吗？——我要擤擤鼻子。
<h3 class="ter">A Rice Sandwich</h3>
The special kids, the ones who wear keys around their necks, get to eat in the teen. The teehe name sounds important. And these kids at lunch time go t<u>.9９liｂ.</u>here because their mothers aren't home or home is too far away to get to.
My home isn't far but it's not close either, and somehow I got it in my head one day to ask my mother to make me a sandwid write a o the principal so I could eat in the teen too.
Oh no, she says pointing the butter k me as if I'm starting trouble, no sir. hing you know everybody will be wanting a bag lunch——I'll be up all night cutting bread into little triahis oh mayonhis oh mustard, no pickles on mine, but mustard on one side please. You kids just like to i more work for me.
But Nenny says she doesn't want to eat at school——ever——because she likes to go home with her best friend Gloria who lives across the scholoria's mama has a big color T. V.and all they do is watch cartoons. Kiki and Carlos, oher hand, are patrol boys. They don't want to eat at school either. They like to stand out in the cold especially if it's raining. They think suffering is good for you ever sihey saw tha<samp>藏书网</samp>t movie 300 Spartans.
I'm no Spartan and hold up an anemic wrist to prove it. I 't even blow up a balloon without getting dizzy. And besides, I know how to make my own lunch. If I ate at school there'd be less dishes to wash. You would see me less and less and like me better. Everyday at noon my chair would be empty. Where is my favorite daughter you would cry, and when I came home finally at three p.m.you would appreciate me.
Okay, okay, my mother says after three days of this. And the following m I get to go to school with my mother's letter and a rice sandwich because we don't have lunch meat.
Mondays or Fridays, it doesn't matter, ms always go by slow and this day especially. But lunchtime came finally and I got to get in lih the stay-at-school kids. Every-thing is fiil the nun who knows all the teen kids by heart looks at me and says：You, who sent you here? And since I am shy, I don't say anything, just hold out my ha<mark></mark>nd with the letter. This is no good, she says, till Sister Superiives the okay. Go upstairs and see her. And so I went.
I had to wait for two kids in front of me to get hollered at, one because he did something in class, the other because he didn't. My turn came and I stood in front of the big desk with holy pictures uhe glass while the Sister Superior read my letter. It went like this：
Dear Sister Superior，
Please let Espera in the lun because she lives too far away and she gets tired. As you see she is very skinny. I hope to God she does not faint.
Mrs. E. Cordero
You don't live far, she says. You live across the boulevard. That's only four blocks. Not even. Three maybe. Three long blocks away from here. I bet I see your house from my window. Whie? e here. Whie is your house?
And then she made me stand up on a box of books and point. That one?she said, pointing to a row of ugly three-flats, the ones even the raggedy men are ashamed to go into. Yes, I nodded even though I khat wasn't my house and started to cry. I always cry when nuns yell at me, even if they're not yelling.
Then she was sorry and said I could stay just for today, not tomorrow or the day after you go home. And I said yes and could I please have a Kleenex-I had to blow my nose.
In the teen,which was nothing special,lots of boys and girls watched while I cried and ate my sandwich,the bread already greasy and the rice cold.
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