Biology Professor

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Jan 27, 2019 00:40
The other day I wrote an endangered frog had been recently discovered by researchers. Writing it, I remembered a professor who taught us biology in college.

This professor once told us what had happened when he went to a mountain in search of a certain plant for his research. As he went into the mountain, it started to rain all of a sudden. When he returned, he accidentally fell into a swollen river. He almost resigned himself to the situation that he couldn’t do anything, being drifted in the river on his back. Then, fortunately, the current happened to push him to the shallows and he could manage to stand up, when he found the plant he had been looking for just in front of him.

I took this biology course as liberal arts. I regret that I don’t remember the professor’s name, not even his face well. However, I still vividly remember his delighted expression on his face while he told us the story, especially the part that he found the plant finally. I hope he is well.
先日、絶滅危惧種のカエルが研究者たちによって新たに発見されたことについて書きました。その時ふと、学生時代に生物を教わったある先生のことが頭に浮かびました。

ある時、先生がある植物を探しに山へ入ったときの出来事について話してくださいました。その植物を探して奥へ奥へと進むうち、突然大雨に見舞われたのだそうです。慌てて引き返そうとしたところ、増水した川に誤って落ちてしまわれたのだとか。仰向けに流されながらもう駄目かと観念したとき、うまい具合に浅瀬に流されやっとの思いで立ち上がると、目の前に探し求めていた植物が花をつけていたというのです。

実は私、生物は教養課程でほんの少し勉強しただけ。失礼なことに、先生のお名前もお顔も思い出すことができません。でも、このお話をなさったときの、特に最後探し求めた植物を見つけた話をなさったときの先生の嬉しそうな表情だけは強く印象に残っています。先生、今もお元気でいらっしゃるでしょうか。