Christmas Worship / 普連土学園でのクリスマス礼拝

2018.12.24 [Language Center Blog] 教職員  担当: Sinéad O’ Connor


 This morning we had the first of our special Christmas worships. The 7th grade students did their nativity pageant. It was really wonderful. The students on stage did really well with their gestures, and the other student sang and narrated in big, beautiful voices. In Ireland, in my kindergarten students always do a nativity play at Christmas. I was the narrator because my voice was loud and clear, and I wasn't very good at acting. It was a lot of fun.


 My strongest childhood memory is of that night. It was really cold and icy. It wasn't snowing but there was a lot of ice. We drove very slowly and carefully to the village hall. It was so cold, even inside, that I could see my breath when I breathed out. I went backstage to get ready and I realised I forgot my script. I was so panicked so I ran to tell my mother. She said I shouldn't worry because the teacher would arrive soon and she would have a copy of the script.

 But it got later and later and the teacher didn't come to the hall. We started the performance but she never came. The performance was fine - I could remember al my lines so actually I didn't need my script. My friends and I had so much fun - and we ate too much candy and drank too much coke. It was great. But, my teacher still hadn't come to the hall. Soon after we were told that she had been in a car accident. She had a lot of injuries. She had to stay in hospital for a long time, but she was ok. I'll never forget that night for many different reasons, both good and bad.
しかし、いくら待っても先生は来ず、劇が始まっても来ませんでした。実際、私は台詞を全て覚えていたので劇は無事にやり遂げました。その後私と友人達はキャンディーやコーラをお腹いっぱいになるまで食べて、とても楽しかったです。でも、先生はまだ来ていませんでした。暫くして、私達は彼女が交通事故に遭ったことを知らされました。身体中に傷を負って、長期間病院にいなければならなくなってしまいましたが、無事でした。私はこの夜を良い意味でも悪い意味でも忘れることはないでしょう。  Translated by A.T 高1