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2014-09-11 15:53

美国出版本博微型小说《老两口,小两口》之二




老两口,小两口
   (小说)

申弓 翻译:林澜

老两口已年过花甲,生活平和,事业有成,家庭和睦,儿孙相承。老两口乐得再不理家政,每天早起散步,坚持慢走3000米,途中拐入一个市场,买回他们爱吃的早点,当然,也不忘给小孙儿带上一份。然后男的到了棋牌厅,女的加入公园老年舞队。

真让人羡慕的一对。都说是三十而立,四十不惑,五十知天命,六十耳顺,人生七十古来稀。耳都顺了,还有什么过不去的?又说十岁天天向上,二十远大理想,三十敢拼敢闯,四十谋车谋房,五十尽得风光,六十告老还乡,七十打打麻将,八十晒晒太阳,九十躺在床上,一百贴在墙上。这也是条人生不得不遵循的规律,都告老还乡了,还有什么过不去的?

小两口正在生活享受之中,他们晚上要外出,声色犬马,灯红酒绿,回来还要热烈温存,折腾至夜深才呼呼睡去。没到上班前一分钟,他们决计起不来。早上起来,餐桌上有什么,或者冰箱里有什么,随手抓起一把,边吃边发动车辆,有时实在迟了,便相互抬起怨尤的眼睛,或是你一句,昨晚回来,你不该侵犯我。或是回一句,你不是等着我来侵犯吗?便分道扬镳而去。他们白天顾事业,顾赚钱,不挣钱,哪来生活,哪来享受?上有老,下有小,当然,这上边的老是不用他们负担,他们有退休金,不但不用负担,还要为他们负担小的。他们就只顾挣来自己的开销,挣来车子,挣来房子就够了。

生活是这样有规律,这样按部就班,这自然还得益于家中的保姆,她为他们打理了家中的一切,包括小的吃住起居,上学接送。

然而,这天,平静的水面起了点涟漪。未及中午,小两口男的先回一刻,女的后到。回来便将二人关在房里,乒乒乓乓,唇枪舌剑,开头是门关着,那声音不大,后来不知怎么,将门开了,那声音便飘了出来,散发满屋,自然散发到老两口的耳朵里。老两口正在吃午饭。老妈对老爸说,“他爸,闹矛盾了,你快去劝劝。”

 “劝什么?哪对夫妻没有磕碰的?洗碗也有相碰时。”

“可他们没有闹过啊。”

“这不是正开始吗?”

“可我怕。。。。。”

“怕什么?怕碰破?告诉你,他们还真不是碗,他们是人。”

“是啊,正因为他们是人,我才怕。”

“不要怕,今晚就会好的。”老人说完,还意味深长地看了眼老伴:“不争不吵不是夫妻!”

“你说的。”

“是,我说的。”

不出所料,晚上,当小两口从外边回来,房门一关,一会,便传出了快乐的笑声。

又一天。不,是又一夜,小两口深夜才归来。老两口看到他们,一前一后,相隔不到10分钟。进房之后,将门摔得山响。直震得老母亲的心脏加速,脸色泛白。

一会,听到房里嘭的一声巨响,象是水壶破裂,接着又一声巨响,象是电视炸响。

老两口特别是老母亲提心吊胆,那手哆嗦着:“老东西,还不去劝阻,我看要出问题。”

“放心好了,打破东西,过两天不又自己置办回来。”

“你以为他们是我们,打坏了东西你又亲手修复?”

“只要是夫妻,都一样。”

“我看不那么简单。”

“就这么简单,两公婆,鹅咬鹅,床头争交床尾和。”

老爸自然是按兵不动。老妈终于还是忍不住,走去敲了门。儿子将门打开,老妈一见,差点没吓晕,水壶片撒了一地,还有各种书籍杂物,连脚都插不进。不过,战争终于是停止了,战火也不再燃烧了。

只是,再没有听到那种和好的欢笑声。

第二天早上,只听到小两口一个说:“这活没法过。”

另一个即说:“没法过就离!”

一个说:“离就离,谁怕谁?”

说着,双方重又回到房里,找出各自的身份证,连早餐也不吃,便出了门。

正好老两口散步回了来。老妈忙又给老爸指令:“快劝住他们,不要做傻事。”

老爸还是那句话:“没有什么大事。”

“都闹到要离了,还不大?”

“夫妻之间,哪有不闹的?你忘了?我们年轻时不也闹过?给民政一劝,我们不是坚持下来了?”

“可是,现在的年轻人,我担心。。。。。。”

“把心放在肚里好了,只要他们是夫妻,就不会闹到哪里去。放心,两公婆,鹅咬鹅,床头。。。。。。”

“去你的,万一他们真的离了,我跟你没完!”

等到中午再回来,小两口各自拿着个篮皮本,上面赫然写着“离婚证”,老两口呆住了:现在的年轻人怎么了?跟我们可不一样啊!

 

原载广西文学2010年第12

 

通讯地址:广西钦州市文化局沈祖连 535000

 

An Old Couple and a YoungCouple

Shen Gong

 

The oldcouple are both over60, living a peaceful life withsuccessful career. Their family members are in harmony, with children and grandchildren. The old coupleare only too glad toleave housekeepingalone, but just get up early every day, insisting on walking for 3,000 meters. On the way, they would turnoff intoamarket, buying theirfavorite breakfast. Of course,they would buy some for their littlegrandson. Then the men goesto the chesshall, while the womangoes to dance with her teammates.

They are really an enviablecouple.

It is said that one wouldplant his feet firm upon the ground at thirty; no longer suffer fromperplexities at forty; know what are the bidding of Heaven at fifty; hearothers with docile ear at sixty. A man seldom lives to be seventy years old.When he has a docile ear, what will make life difficult? It is also said thatone would study hard at ten; set up lofty ideals at twenty; dare to fight andblaze a new trail at thirty; own a car and a house at forty; have seen betterdays at fifty; retire and return home at sixty; play mahjong at seventy; sunhimself at eighty; lie in bed at ninety; and be hung on the wall at onehundred. These are the law of life to follow. Since the old couple now haveretired and returned home, what will make life difficult?

The young couple are now enjoyingtheir life, going out at night for sensual pleasures and feasting. When they gotback home, they would make love until midnight. They won’t get up until theyare almost late for work. After getting up, they just take what they can get onthe table or from the refrigerator as their breakfast. They start their carwhile having breakfast. And sometimes, if it is too late, they would complainto each other, such as, “You shouldn’t have disturbed me last night.” ”Aren’tyou waiting to be disturbed?” And then,they go their several ways.  In the daytime, they areengaged in their business and busy making money. How can they live and enjoysuch a life without money? They have parents and a child to support. To tellthe truth, their parents have pensions, though, which means they don’t have tosupport their parents but are supported by them—their child is being supportedby them at least. They just earn their expenses, including their car and theirhouse.

They live their life in sucha regular way, step by step, which benefits from their family nanny. She runsthe house for them, including taking care of the child, accompanying him to andfrom school. 

However, on this day, anetwork of ripples quivered across the surface of the still pool. Just beforenoon, the young couple got back, first the men, and then the woman. They lockedthemselves inside their room immediately after they got back, crossing  verbalswords with each other. At first, no body could hear them clearly withthe door shut, but after a while, the door opened somehow, and everyone in thehouse could hear them, including the old couple who were having lunch. Mom saidto Dad, " Dad, they are quarreling. You’d better go and stop it."

 “ Why should I do that? Every couple willinevitably quarrel, just as pots and pans always collide with each other.

“ But they have neverquarreled before.”

“ Because they are now justbeginning.”

“ I worry about…”

“ What do you worry about?Do you think their marriage will break? It won’t, because they are not pots andpans, but human beings.”

“ I worry just because theyare humans.”

“ Don’t worry about that anymore. They will make it up tonight.” The old man looked at his wife withmeaning, adding: “They are not husband and wife without quarreling.”

“ So you said.”

“ Yes, so I said.”

As expected, when the youngcouple went back home in the evening and closed their door, joyful laughtersoon came out of their room.

After one moreday, no, one more night, the young couple came home late at night. The oldcouple saw them go home separately, separated in time by no more than 10minutes. They went inside their room and then banged the door shut, by whichtheir mother was shocked, her heart quickening and her face turning pale.

After a while, they heard analmighty crush from the young couple’s room, sounding like the thermos beingcracked; and then another almighty crush, sounding like the TV being cracked.

The old couple were hauntedwith fear, especially the mother. She said with her hand shivering: “Old man,go and stop them quickly. I can see there will be something wrong.”

 “ Don’t worry about them. Those things damagedby them will be bought back by themselves in several days.”

“ Do you think they are likeus, who will repair what we have damaged?”

Dad still sat tight, whileMon couldn’t help going to knock the door. Their son opened the door and Monwas almost frightened to death when she saw what was like in the room: therewere so many pieces of the thermos and so many books and magazinesonthe ground that there were no more room for her to stand. Fortunately, theirfight had stopped at last. 

However, no more joyfullaughter meaning making up was heard.

The next morning, they heardone of the young couple say: “ I can live such a life no more.”

The other said: “ If so, whynot get divorced?”

And the former repliedimmediately: “ Ok, Let’s get divorced. Who care?”

After sayingthat, they went into their room again and found out their ID cards, going outwithout having breakfast.

The old couple happened toget home after their walk.

Mon ordered Dad again: “Stop them at once. Otherwise they will do something foolish.”

Dad replied: “Nothingserious.”

“ Nothing serious? They aregoing to get divorced.”

 “ Which couple haven’t talked about gettingdivorced? Have you forgotten that we two have also talked about gettingdivorced when we were young? But we haven’t got divorced as the officials ofthe civil administration department persuaded us not to.”

“ Young people nowadays,however, … I just worry.”

“ You don’t have to worry atall. Only if they are a couple, they will make up at last. Trust me. It is saidthat a couple quarreling in the daytime will surely make it up and make love atnight. “

When the young couple camehome at noon, each holding a blue booklet, on whose cover “certificate ofdivorce” was written, the old couple were completely knocked out. What’s wrongwith the young now? They are so different from us.

(续一)

 选自美国版《中美微型小说作家作品集》

Theoriginal was published in Guangxi Literature, No. 12, 2010,

Add: Shen Zulian, QinzhouCulture Bureau, Guangxi  535000


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