In my sophomore year of senior high, we were required to recite one poem by Mr. Wang, the Chinese teacher who claimed to check us randomly on the following day. Because of my self-consciousness since childhood, I began to memorize a number of poems and read many other books in order to impress people sometime to gain the sense of security before hitting puberty. Therefore I memorized that poem even when I was in my second year of junior high.
The following day, thanks to my innocent hint, Mr. Wang “randomly” chose me to check the assignment he gave the last day. So I recited that poem smoothly in front of my class. Excited by the respect I showed for his assignment, Mr. Wang asked me,” Mingwu, how many hours did you spend yesterday to memorize that poem?” trying to encourage people to memorize that poem by indicating how little amount of time called for to complete his assignment.
I thought it over and told him the truth,”Three years, Mr. Wang.”
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