读美文 背单词：A Lesson for Living 人生的教训
A Lesson for Living
“Everything happens for the best,” my mother said whenever I faced disappointment. “If you carry on, one day something good will happen.”
Mother was right, as I discovered after graduating from college in 1932, I had decided to try for a job in radio, then work my way to a sports announcer. I hitchhiked(搭便车) to Chicago and knocked on the door of every station and got turned down every time.
In one studio, a kind lady told me that big stations couldn’t risk hiring an inexperienced person. “Go find a small station that’ll give you a chance,” she said.
I thumbed home to Dixon, Illinois. While there were no radio-announcing（无线电播音） jobs in Dixon, my father said Montgomery Ward had opened a store and wanted a local athlete to manage its sports department. Since Dixon was where I had played high-school football, I applied. The job sounded just right for me. But I wasn’t hired.
My disappointment must have shown. “Everything happens for the best,” mom reminded me. Dad offered me the car to job hunt. I tried WOC Radio in Davenport, Iowa. The program director, a wonderful Scotsman named Peter MacArthur, told me they had already hired an announcer.
As I left his office, I asked aloud, “How can a fellow get to be a sports announcer if he can’t get a job in a radio station?”
I was waiting for the elevator when I heard MacArthur calling, “What was that you said about sports? Do you know anything about football?” Then he stood me before a microphone and asked me to broadcast an imaginary game.
The preceding autumn, my team had won a game in the last 20 seconds with 65-yard run. I did a 15-minute build-up to that play, and Peter told me I would be broadcasting Saturday’s game!
On my way home, as I have many times since, I thought of my mother’s words: “If you carry on, one day something good will happen.”
I often wonder what direction my life might have taken if I’d gotten the job at Montgomery Ward.