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Bopsy – A boy and his wish –


Lesson 9 Bopsy
– A boy and his wish –

Part 1
1 The 26-year-old mother looked down at her son who was dying of leukemia.
Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of
determination. Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up and fulfill all his
dreams. Now it seemed to be impossible. The leukemia would see to that, but she
still wanted her son’s dream to come true.

2 She took her son’s hand and asked, “Bopsy, did you ever think about what you
wanted to be when you grow up? Did you ever dream and wish about what you
would do with your life?”
“Mommy, I wish I could become a firefighter.”

3 His mother smiled back and said, “Let’s see if we can make your wish come true.”
Later that day she went to her local fire department in Phoenix, Arizona. There
she met Firefighter Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix. She explained her
son’s final wish and asked if it might be possible to give her six-year-old son a ride
around town on a fire engine.

Part 2
4 Firefighter Bob said, “Look, we can do better than that. If you have your son
ready at seven Wednesday morning, we’ll make him a one-day firefighter for the
whole day. He can come down to the fire station, eat with us, go out on all the fire
calls, the whole nine yards! And, if you give us his sizes, we’ll get a real fire
uniform made for him, with a real fire hat—not a toy one—with the emblem of the
Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow coat like we wear, and rubber boots.
They’re all manufactured right here in Phoenix, so we can get them fast.”

5 Three days later Firefighter Bob picked up Bopsy, dressed him in his fire uniform
and brought him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook-and-ladder truck.
Bopsy got to sit up on the back of the truck and went back to the fire station as if he
were the chief. He was in heaven.
6 There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day, and Bopsy got to go out on all of
them. He rode in different fire engines, the paramedics’ van, and even the fire
chief’s car. He was also on a local news program.
7 He was so touched by what his mother and the firefighters did for him that he
lived three months longer than any doctor thought possible.

Part 3
8 One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically, and the head nurse,
who believed in the hospice concept that no one should die alone, began to call the
family members to the hospital. Then she remembered the day Bopsy had spent as
a firefighter, so she called the fire chief and asked if it would be possible to send a
firefighter in uniform to the hospital to be with Bopsy as he made his transition.
The chief replied, “We can do better than that. We’ll be there in five minutes.

Will you please do me a favor? When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights
flashing, will you announce over the PA system that there is not a fire? Tell people
in the hospital that the fire department is coming to see one of its finest members
one more time. And will you open the window to his room? Thanks.”
9 About five minutes later a hook-and-ladder truck arrived at the hospital and
extended its ladder up to Bopsy’s third floor window, which was open. Firefighter
Bob climbed into the room. Then, one by one, other firefighters climbed up to
Bopsy’s third-floor window to give him a wave.

Part 4
10 Bopsy was so happy. He looked up to his mother. “You know, Mom,” he said.
“I’d really like to go down to see them. I want to be out there with my team.”
When Bopsy was wheeled downstairs, he was met by the members of Fire Station 1
and their truck—renamed “B1” for “Bopsy 1.” The firefighters then took the ladder
and raised it as high as it would go. One of them climbed to the top. “It looked as if
he were saying, ‘Look, you’re on your way to heaven,’” Bopsy’s mother recalled.
11 Toward the end of the visit, Bopsy turned to Firefighter Bob. “Am I a real
firefighter?” he asked. “Well, yeah,” Bob replied. “Of course you are.” Bopsy
passed away the next morning.

12 Even now Bopsy’s mother often thinks of the moment a few weeks before Bopsy
passed away. At that time he seemed to realize how upset she was about his
condition and tried to console her. “I’m going to be fine. I’m always going to be
your guardian angel,” he told her. “I’ll be part of the galaxy and part of the sky, and
I’ll take care of you.” And he has. “My son is alive and well,” his mother says, “in
so many people’s minds.”

Lesson 9 ボプシー ~ある少年とその願い~
Part 1
1 26 歳の母親は,白血病で死の床についている息子を見下ろした。彼女の心は悲しみ
2 彼女は息子の手を取ってたずねた。「ボプシー,大きくなったら何になりたいか,考
えたことはある? あなたの人生をどうしたいかについて,これまでに夢見たり願った

3 母親はほほ笑み返して言った。「あなたの願いをかなえられるかどうか確かめてみま
しょう。」 その日のうちに,彼女はアリゾナ州フェニックスにある地元の消防署に行

Part 2
4 ボブ消防士は言った。「あのですね,もっといいことができますよ。水曜日の朝7時
の通報に出動して,何もかもやってもらいます! そして,もし彼の服のサイズを教え

5 3日後,ボブ消防士はボプシーを迎えに行くと,彼を消防士のユニフォームに着替
6 その日フェニックスでは3回の火事の通報が入り,それらすべてにボプシーは出動
7 彼は母親と消防士たちがしてくれたことにとても感動して,どの医師が考えていた

Part 3
8 ある夜,彼のすべての生命徴候が大きく落ち込み始めたが,看護師長はだれも1人

9 約5分後,はしご付き消防車が病院に到着して,ボプシーのいる3階の窓にはしご
Part 4
10 ボプシーはとても喜んだ。彼は母親のほうを見上げた。「ねえ,お母さん。」と彼は

11 見舞いが終わりに近づくころ,ボプシーはボブ消防士を振り返った。「ぼくは本物の
本物の消防士だ。」 翌朝,ボプシーは亡くなった。
12 ボプシーの母親は今でも,ボプシーが亡くなる数週間前のそのときのことをよく思
さんのことを見守るからね。」 そして,彼は実際そうしてくれている。ボプシーの母