偷田鼠食物

Mao’s Last Dancer里說到作者小時候沒食物,去地裡翻土看有沒有遺留的花生。大家都找不到花生,但其中有一個男孩子找到一個田鼠洞,於是飛快地挖起來,不然鼠會堵住洞口。田鼠會藏糧食,他們發現了三個儲藏洞,一個有剝了殼的花生,一個有剝了一半殼的花生,一個有沒剝殼的花生。男孩收獲了整整一簸箕花生。

我覺得這段有趣卻悲涼。如作者說的“what a cruel world, I thought, where we had to compete with the rats for food”.

常聽老一輩說他們當年的事情,一塊肥肉不捨得吃,放在兜裡拿回家給姐妹吃。沒東西吃就吃蝗蟲田鼠甚至蟑螂等等。我們覺得有趣和不可思議,但當時只覺得淒涼。餓肚子無論怎樣都快樂不起來。

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