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他扑通一声跪在地下,老泪纵横地给我们磕头,一边磕一边说“你们真是大好人,我们农村人一天只吃一顿饭,从来没喝过这样甜的水,见过这样好的饭,今天你们不嫌弃我,这么热情的对我,我真不知道怎么样感激你们,希望你们好人有好报。”

I am a common air hostess from China East Airline.  Ihave not worked many years, nor have I encounteredanything grand or unforgettable. Every day I give tea orwater to passengers.  There is no inspiration.  Life hasbeen dull until today, June 7, 2008, when one thingchanged my view of work and life.

Our aircraft was packed with passengers today going fromShanghai to Beijing.  An old farmer was among the groupgetting on the plane.  He was not in any way standing outfrom the crowd, carrying a huge sack, smelling typically likethe Kang of the countryside. Greeting people at the door,I thought that economy nowadays is truly so strongthat old rural men can afford air tickets.

When the plane was moving steadily ahead, we started toserve beverages. I came to the 20th row and saw this oldman. Sitting bolt upright, motionless and nervous, helooked like a fish out of water. He was holding his sacktightly, which seemed a globe, sticking up like a statue.When I asked him what he would like to drink, he keptwaving his hand and saying "no". I wanted to help puthis sack into the luggage compartment, but he declinedimmediately. I had no choice but to let him hold it tight.

A little while later, we started to serve lunch, and Isaw him sitting there like before.  He still appearedvery nervous.  I handed him the lunch box, but again hewaved his hand to refuse.  The chief attendant wentover and kindly asked if he was sick.  He said in a humblevoice that he wanted to go to the toilet, but was unsureif he was allowed to walk inside the cabin, and he wasafraid of damaging something in the aircraft.

We told him that it was all right, and asked a maleguard to take him to the lavatory.  When we servedbeverages for the second time, I saw him licking hislips as he was looking at other passengers, who weredrinking water. I did not ask and put a cup of hot teaon his tray table.  And just then, he got scared and jumped upfrom his seat and said, "No, no."  I said, "please takesome water as you are thirsty."  Then he shocked me bypulling out a stack of notes from his pocket, all inyuans and cents. He tried to thrust them into my hand.I told him that the tea was free.  He did not believeand said that nobody had given him water when he wantedto ask for something to drink as he felt thirsty walking inthe street.  He got driven out like a unwelcomed person. He went on to tell me that, to save money, he had tried toavoid taking a bus, and had actually walked a long waybefore he caught a bus going to the airport.  He did not havemuch cash and had to ask for water from roadside restaurants.But most of the time he was mistaken as a beggar anddriven out.

We continued to tell him that he did not have to pay inthe aircraft.  At long last he was convinced, sat downand started to drink tea slowly.  We asked him if he washungry and if he needed to have lunch.  He insisted thathe did not need.  He said that he had two sons, thatboth did not let him down and went to college.  Theyounger son was in his junior year in college, and theolder one had landed a job. He was on his way toBeijing to see his younger son.  The working sonwanted to move his parents to live together with him,but they were not used to life in the city and went backhome.  On this trip he was going to see his younger son. The older son did not want his dad exhausted froma long travel.  He bought an air ticket for him.  He was afraidthat his dad would get lost as he had never flown, so he hadrequested to fly with him.  But however hard his son hadtried, this old man refused because he believed taking anairplane was way too expensive.
He finally agreed, but would never allow his son to flywith him.  He  insisted that he go alone.  He carried asack of sweet potato chips for his younger son.  At thesecurity check, the airport staff asked him to check inhis luggage, but he strongly objected.  He was afraidthat his chips would be broken and his son would notlike them.  We told him that it is safe to put the sackinto the luggage compartment. He stood up and studiedthe compartment for a long time before putting it in.During the flight, we poured water into his cup for manytimes, and he was always very polite to say "thank you".But he still refused to have lunch, despite the fact that heseemed starving.  When the aircraft was about to land,he timidly asked us if we could give him a small bag,and if we would put his lunch into that bag for him totake away.

We of course agreed.  He said that he had never seensuch delicious food.  He would take it to his younger son.We were once again astonished.  The common lunch thatwe saw every day could be so precious in the eyes ofthis rural old man.  He would rather stay hungry to saveit for his son!  We were so touched that we wanted togive him all the rest of the lunch boxes.  However, heimmediately looked anguished and refused to accept.  Hesaid that he only wanted his share and should not takeadvantage of  others'.  I was deeply moved.  It was ofcourse no big deal, but I was profoundly educated.

I had thought that all was over when he suddenly didone thing that I would never forget all my life!  Hesuddenly went down on his knees and kept kowtowing. Tears welling up in his eyes, he said, "You are so nice.You are so nice.  I live in the countryside and onlyhave one meal a day.  I have never drunk such sweet water,or seen so fine lunch.  You did not despise me and wereeven so warm to me.  I truly do not know how to thankyou enough.  I hope you will have good luck.  You aregood people."  He was kowtowing as he spoke and cried. We helped him get to his feet and kept consoling him. We asked a ground attendant to take care of him beforegoing back to finish what's left to do.

To be honest, I'd worked five years as an air hostessand had seen many different passengers, extremely rude,violent as to beat people, and crude and rough, but I'dnever seen one kneeing down for us just to say 'thankyou'.  We do not deserve such gratitude from this old man.We simply poured water to his cup for a few extra times,and he was willing to knee down for us!  Plus, I saw himcarry the huge sack of sweet potato chips, refuse to eatso that he could save a meal for his son, and notwilling to take more than his share of food.  I trulyfelt ashamed for myself.  I must learn to be gratefulfor others.  It was this old man who taught us how tolive a life of goodwill and integrity.

夤夜痴译,殊不觉累。
雄鸡啼鸣,天将破晓。
激情奔涌,心致正高。
文山词海,纵情长啸。
词穷才尽,痛苦煎熬。
吟安一字,喜上眉梢。
人情冷暖,俗世喧嚣。
勇往直前,不折不挠。
此心永驻,爱我河山,
怜我父老!怜我父老!

我是东方航空公司的一名普通的空姐,由于参加工作没几年,所以没有遇到一件叫人难忘的大事,天天都是在端茶倒水的小事中度过。没有工作的激情,很平淡。可是今天遇到的一件事情却叫我改变了对工作对人生的看法。

今天我们执行上海--北京航班时,旅客很多,满满的一飞机。上飞机的人群中就有一位很不起眼的农村老伯伯,背着一个大麻袋,身上还有一股农村特有的土炕味。当时站在机门迎客的我第一个反映就是现在的社会还真发达了,连农村老伯伯都有钱坐飞机,真奢侈。

当飞机平飞时,我们开始加水,加到20多排时,看到了这位老伯伯,他很据谨的坐在座位上,直挺挺的,一动不动,麻袋也不放在行李架上,老伯伯抱着大麻袋,乍一看象是个支着地球的地球仪,直挺挺象个雕塑。问他喝什么,他很惊慌的连连摆手说不要。要帮他把麻袋放在架子上,他也拒绝。只好由着他抱着了。

过一会,开始发餐了,我们发现他还是一动不动的坐在座位上,感觉好象很紧张的样子,给他饭他还是连连摆手不要。于是乘务长过去亲切的问他是不是病了。他很小声的说他要上厕所,但是不知道飞机上能不能乱跑,怕碰坏了飞机上的东西。

我们告诉他没关系的,并叫一个男空保带他去了厕所。等我们第二次加水的时候,发现他看着别的客人喝水,在舔嘴,于是没有问他就帮他倒了一杯热茶水给他放在桌子上。谁知,这样一个动作却惊吓住了他,他蹦一下跳起来连连说不用不用,我们对他说您渴了,就喝点吧。这时他做了一个更惊人的动作,从怀里掏出一把钱,都是一快一毛的,要塞给我们。我们告诉他说这是不要钱的,他不相信,说他在街上走的时候进去要水喝别人都从来没给过他,都是很厌恶的赶他走。我们这才知道,他为了节约钱,一路上能不座车就走,硬是从郊区走到机场附近才坐的车到了机场,他身上没多少钱,只能问路上的餐厅要水,可惜大多数时候都是被赶出来,别人以为他是要饭的。

我们劝了好一阵子,他才相信了我们,坐下,慢慢的喝着茶。
我们问他饿不饿,要不要吃饭,他还是连连说不要,他说他有两个儿子,都很争气,考了大学,小儿子在上大三,大儿子已经工作了。着次他来北京看他上大学的小儿子,由于大儿子已经工作了,想把他们两口子接到城里来跟自己住,可是老两口不习惯,住了一阵又回乡下了。这次是大儿子不想让老爹周车劳顿特意买的飞机票,本来想陪老爹一起去,因为老爹没坐过飞机怕他不认识路,可是老爹嫌飞机票太浪费死活不肯坐。

后来劝通了,老爹怎么也不叫儿子在买一张票浪费钱,坚持自己一个人来。他背了一麻袋的红薯干,要给小儿子吃。上飞机前安检时,工作人员说麻袋太大叫拖运,可是他死活不肯,说怕弄碎了小儿子不喜欢吃了。我们告诉他说放在架子上很安全的,他警惕的站起来看了半天才小心的放上去。在航班期间我们一直很勤的给他加水,他都很有礼貌的谢谢我们。可是他还是一直坚持不吃饭。尽管我们看出来他已经饿的咕咕叫。到飞机快落地的时候,他很小心的问我们有没有袋子,给他一个,并要求我们把他自己的那份饭装好提给他。

他说他从来没见过这么好吃的东西,他要带给他的小儿子。
我们都惊住了。对于我们来说,天天见的饭菜,在一个农村老人眼里是这样的珍贵。他自己舍不得吃,饿着,要留给他的儿子。
于是我们把剩余没有发的餐都装好了准备给他,可是他很惊慌的拒绝了,他说他只要属于他自己的那份,不占别人的便宜。我们都被这样的一个老人感动了。虽然不是什么大事,但是却深刻的教育了我。本来以为事情结束了,谁知道在别的客人下完以后,他最后下飞机,我们帮助他把麻袋提到了出口,正准备帮他背上,他做出了一个让我一辈子都忘不了的动作:他扑通一声跪在地下,老泪纵横地给我们磕头,一边磕一边说"你们真是大好人,我们农村人一天只吃一顿饭,从来没喝过这样甜的水,见过这样好的饭,今天你们不嫌弃我,这么热情的对我,我真不知道怎么样感激你们,希望你们好人有好报。"一边跪一边说一边哭,我们大家慌忙扶起他,连连劝他,并交代一个地面服务员将他安顿好,我们才回飞机上继续执行我们的任务,说实在话,工作了5年,飞机上什么样的客人都见过了,野蛮的,打人的,无理取闹的,就是没见过给我们下跪的,说实在的我们真没有做什么特别的事,就是给他老人家多倒了两杯水,竟要这个70多岁的老伯伯跪下谢我们,再加上看这他背着一麻袋红薯干,自己不肯吃宁愿饿着把飞机上的饭带下去给儿子,还不肯多要别人的饭贪便宜,我真为我自己感到内疚,我以后要学会感恩学会报答别人。是这个老伯伯教会我怎么去善良正直的活着。