本周起,Oscar 固定星期二、三在學校過夜,往寄宿生活逐漸邁進;這表示,我們有三個早上是必須自己走路到學校。原本固定每天順道來接送我們的 Kim 似乎覺得很不好意思,但其實我們搬家前,天天都是走路上學、走路回家,沒太大差別;而且雖然是如家人般的朋友,那份溫情、好意也不可以視為理所當然。

From this week on, Oscar will be sleeping-in every Tuesday and Wednesday, meaning Beam and I will have to walk again. It’s fine. I quite like it, though Beam might complain once in a while about how walking makes her legs tired.

She unfortunately has a cold-blooded mummy who always responds, “Then let’s chop off the legs?”

“NO!! You’re annoying sometimes!” She would protest fiercely.

我們總是邊走邊聊,祥真的是隻小麻雀。偶而,小麻雀會閒著沒事幹嘆口氣:「唉,走路讓我的腳好累啊~」

拍寫,老麻雀見慣大風大浪,很是冷血:「那把腳剁掉好不好?」

「吼!才不要!馬麻有時候很壞說!」小麻雀吱吱抗議著。

但絕大多數的時候,我們還是很享受著散步般的悠閒,看看繽紛的花朵、棉花糖般的白雲、嚇人的蜘蛛、毛乎乎的狗狗、懶洋洋的貓咪。。。

But most of the time, we do enjoy the journey as we have so much to see: Colourful flowers, fluffy clouds, scary spiders, fuzzy dogs, laid-back cats… This is the life!

原本的上學時間是九點半,這個學期提早了半個小時,因為教育部派了督學來訪查、評估。夏山是個體制外的學校,有很多主流體系內的人,對於夏山是很不友善的(即便他們根本不了解夏山),十年前還為了政府要關閉學校而打了一場驚天動地的官司,所幸正義必勝。

This term, we have to report to school by 9 am, instead of 9.30 am, due to the OFSTED visits this Tuesday and Wednesday. Summerhill is an unconventional school, meaning not everyone likes its existence (even if they don’t understand Summerhill at all) as it challenges their point of view on education and child-rearing. OFSTED is not always friendly with Summerhill.

周二夜裡,臨睡前,祥突然噘著嘴:「很不喜歡督學!就因為他們來,我們必須提早上學!」

我向來是個「睡眠至上」的傢伙,祥從小到大睡眠很充足,我相信,這是她小小年紀卻擁有如此穩定性格的主因之一,畢竟睡眠對於孩童的身心發展有著關鍵性的影響。而老實說,這半個小時也沒差什麼,討厭的只是那種心理的壓力。

祥似乎越想越不樂意,連說了兩次:「他們怎麼可以說關閉就關閉?如果是他們喜歡的學校被這麼對待,他們什麼感受?!他們憑什麼?!太過分了!」小麻雀眉頭微蹙,嘴巴依然噘著,看得出很不爽,令人不覺莞爾,也有些感慨。

On Tuesday night, before lights-out, Beam suddenly said to me, “I don’t like the inspectors. I hope they go away soon! Just because they want to visit Summerhill, we have to go to school earlier.”

Well, in my house, sleep is very important. I believe that Beam’s one of the few kids who have never been deprived of that unless we need to ctach a flight and the like. And I’m sure this explains her stable personality at such young age. After all, sufficient sleep plays a key role in a child’s developement, both physical and mental.

She was obviously upset, “Who gave them the right to shut down our school? How would they feel if someone did the same to what they loved? They are bad!!” Once is not enough. She fired the same words twice.

夏山被不了解的人視為洪水猛獸,就因為我們相信孩子有自我探索、發展的權利,真的很荒謬。什麼時候,大人才能開始正視自己扭曲的威權心態是如何殘害了孩子?

She’s right. Who are we to think that we’re entitled to rip our children off their childhood, making them lifeless robots? A lot of people regard Summerhill as some lunatic, just because we believe in kids’ individuality and most of all, they are living things like us adults, so we have equal rights. How ridiculous!

Never ever underestimate your children’s abilities to come to healthy decisions on their own. Meanwhile, do some introspection to fix your craving for dictatorship for God’s sake.

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