これは、息子1が、中2の時に、K学園中学校の作文コンクールのために、書いたものです。
日本語でも、英語でもどちらで書いても良かったので、息子1は、英語で書きました。
作文のテーマは、息子1の21世紀への夢と希望、です。

〔英〕21世紀への夢と希望ーwritten by my older son


WHAT I WISH AND DREAM FOR THE 21CENTURY


     First when I heard about the Theme for this essay, I thought about what exactly a dream and a hope are, and what the difference is. I reckon a dream is something like a wish that will never happen. So it is like an extension of hope, but much larger in size. As I thought, I have found out that I have billions of dreams but not many wishes. This might be unusual, and maybe childish, but this is one of the things I am proud of. I always like to think big and imagine all sorts of different patterns of my future. That is like my hobby.


     Everything going on around me influences myself, and makes me want to try and do them. This happens especially in sports. Once I start, I get really stuck in it and can’t get out. As it goes on, I find myself dreaming of being the best of what ever it is I’m stuck on. I don’t know why, but I think it might be the confidence I have in myself that makes me do these things. I’m probably thinking of myself as a genius or something that can do anything without any effort. But soon, I find something new to stick into, and I forget about what I was dreaming, and find myself in another world. I don’t exactly forget about it but my mind gets taken over by the curiosities of the new thing.


     This might just make people think that I am weak-minded. True. Some of my friends say that, but I don’t care. All the things I experience will link to my future. Of course, being able to do only a little of each won’t be anything. Life isn’t that easy. So, I think you need to have at least 3 things of what you are tremendously good at. For me, you can’t call it tremendous yet, but I have…Violin and English. These two are probably the only things that I have been doing for more than 5 years. But they don’t have good reasons.


     Violin was something I was kind of forced to do from around the age of 5. I really hated it but my mum made me practise for 2~3 hours every day. I had strict teachers from time to time. When people came to visit to my house, I was forced to play to them. She always used me like a robot. That was my feeling in that time. But coming up to now, it became a great gift to be able to play the Violin and I couldn’t have done without her. She gave me a chance to play with wonderful people and gave me lots of experience. Now, music itself is something I love.


     The other is English. This was something close to natural. But same with this time it was my parents that put me in a good environment to be able to study it. First when I went to England, I couldn’t speak any English. That is normal. But they found me a good place to work and had me a tutor about 3 times a week. The tutor was really generous and I thought her like a relative or even a part of our family. She really helped us out. Coming back to Japan, I was made to learn lots of Japanese and was made to work for Examination. Again, my parents did it. They found me a school called ○○○, which has a class full of returnees. I never thought I would forget my English, but they were clever. I don’t know what could happened if I wasn’t in this school.


     Now that I have two, I’ve got to find the last one and brush it up to the tremendous level. If I were to have a wish, it would be: making Volleyball as the last of the advantages. Volleyball is the only thing I have been doing myself for 2 years. I met Volleyball when I was looking for a club to go in, after entering ○○○. I can’t remember why I chose to do Volleyball, but I wanted to do something I hadn’t done before. It was much exciting than I thought. The game itself, lots of good friends, and the kind seniors gave me lots of happiness. And still, they are. I’m really glad to have done Volleyball.


     So, to my conclusion, what I wish and dream for the 21 century is to be able to keep myself challenging things one another, having experience. And at the same time, make big progress in my skills of the 3 good things and breed it up to the tremendous level.



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