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经典英语散文 父爱无边
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  • My father was a self-taught mandolin player. He was one of the best string instrument players in our town. He could not read music, but if he heard a tune a few times, he could play it. When he was younger, he was a member of a small country music band. They would play at local dances and on a few occasions would play for the local radio station. He often told us how he had auditioned2 and earned a position in a band that featured Patsy Cline as their lead singer. He told the family that after he was hired he never went back. Dad was a very religious man. He stated that there was a lot of drinking and cursing the day of his audition1 and he did not want to be around that type of environment.

    Occasionally, Dad would get out his mandolin and play for the family. We three children: Trisha, Monte and I, George Jr., would often sing along. Songs such as the Tennessee Waltz, Harbor Lights and around Christmas time, the well-known rendition of Silver Bells. "Silver Bells, Silver Bells, its Christmas time in the city" would ring throughout the house. One of Dad's favorite hymns4 was "The Old Rugged5 Cross". We learned the words to the hymn3 when we were very young, and would sing it with Dad when he would play and sing. Another song that was often shared in our house was a song that accompanied the Walt Disney series: Davey Crockett. Dad only had to hear the song twice before he learned it well enough to play it. "Davey, Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" was a favorite song for the family. He knew we enjoyed the song and the program and would often get out the mandolin after the program was over. I could never get over how he could play the songs so well after only hearing them a few times. I loved to sing, but I never learned how to play the mandolin. This is something I regret to this day.

    Dad loved to play the mandolin for his family he knew we enjoyed singing, and hearing him play. He was like that. If he could give pleasure to others, he would, especially his family. He was always there, sacrificing his time and efforts to see that his family had enough in their life. I had to mature into a man and have children of my own before I realized how much he had sacrificed.

    I joined the United States Air Force in January of 1962. Whenever I would come home on leave, I would ask Dad to play the mandolin. Nobody played the mandolin like my father. He could touch your soul with the tones that came out of that old mandolin. He seemed to shine when he was playing. You could see his pride in his ability to play so well for his family.

    When Dad was younger, he worked for his father on the farm. His father was a farmer and sharecropped a farm for the man who owned the property. In 1950, our family moved from the farm. Dad had gained employment at the local limestone6 quarry7. When the quarry closed in August of 1957, he had to seek other employment. He worked for Owens Yacht Company in Dundalk, Maryland and for Todd Steel in Point of Rocks, Maryland. While working at Todd Steel, he was involved in an accident. His job was to roll angle iron onto a conveyor so that the welders8 farther up the production line would have it to complete their job. On this particular day Dad got the third index finger of his left hand mashed9 between two pieces of steel. The doctor who operated on the finger could not save it, and Dad ended up having the tip of the finger amputated. He didn't lose enough of the finger where it would stop him picking up anything, but it did impact his ability to play the mandolin.

    After the accident, Dad was reluctant to play the mandolin. He felt that he could not play as well as he had before the accident. When I came home on leave and asked him to play he would make excuses for why he couldn't play. Eventually, we would wear him down and he would say "Okay, but remember, I can't hold down on the strings10 the way I used to" or "Since the accident to this finger I can't play as good". For the family it didn't make any difference that Dad couldn't play as well. We were just glad that he would play. When he played the old mandolin it would carry us back to a cheerful, happier time in our lives. "Davey, Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier", would again be heard in the little town of Bakerton, West Virginia.

    In August of 1993 my father was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He chose not to receive chemotherapy treatments so that he could live out the rest of his life in dignity. About a week before his death, we asked Dad if he would play the mandolin for us. He made excuses but said "okay". He knew it would probably be the last time he would play for us. He tuned11 up the old mandolin and played a few notes. When I looked around, there was not a dry eye in the family. We saw before us a quiet humble12 man with an inner strength that comes from knowing God, and living with him in one's life. Dad would never play the mandolin for us again. We felt at the time that he wouldn't have enough strength to play, and that makes the memory of that day even stronger. Dad was doing something he had done all his life, giving. As sick as he was, he was still pleasing others. Dad sure could play that Mandolin!









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     单词标签: audition  auditioned  hymn  hymns  rugged  limestone  quarry  welders  mashed  strings  tuned  humble 


    1 audition [ɔ:ˈdɪʃn] 8uazw   第9级
    • I'm going to the audition but I don't expect I'll get a part. 我去试音,可并不指望会给我个角色演出。
    • At first, they said he was too young, but later they called him for an audition. 起初,他们说他太小,但后来他们叫他去试音。
    2 auditioned [] 7a3b64b138cda8b1c7e21f61395dc3b1   第9级
    • None of the actresses we have auditioned is suitable. 我们试听的这些女演员都不合适。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • What is that, from some script you auditioned for in the '40s? 什么玩意儿是你40年代试的那些剧本吗? 来自电影对白
    3 hymn [hɪm] m4Wyw   第8级
    • They sang a hymn of praise to God. 他们唱着圣歌,赞美上帝。
    • The choir has sung only two verses of the last hymn. 合唱团只唱了最后一首赞美诗的两个段落。
    4 hymns [himz] b7dc017139f285ccbcf6a69b748a6f93   第8级
    n.赞美诗,圣歌,颂歌( hymn的名词复数 )
    • At first, they played the hymns and marches familiar to them. 起初他们只吹奏自己熟悉的赞美诗和进行曲。 来自英汉非文学 - 百科语料821
    • I like singing hymns. 我喜欢唱圣歌。 来自辞典例句
    5 rugged [ˈrʌgɪd] yXVxX   第8级
    • Football players must be rugged. 足球运动员必须健壮。
    • The Rocky Mountains have rugged mountains and roads. 落基山脉有崇山峻岭和崎岖不平的道路。
    6 limestone [ˈlaɪmstəʊn] w3XyJ   第8级
    • Limestone is often used in building construction. 石灰岩常用于建筑。
    • Cement is made from limestone. 水泥是由石灰石制成的。
    7 quarry [ˈkwɒri] ASbzF   第10级
    • Michelangelo obtained his marble from a quarry. 米开朗基罗从采石场获得他的大理石。
    • This mountain was the site for a quarry. 这座山曾经有一个采石场。
    8 welders [ˈweldəz] d9dab32dff21318a0fe839e305df0189   第11级
    n.焊接工( welder的名词复数 )
    • Fifty welders were declared redundant. 已公布削减五十名焊工。 来自辞典例句
    • Arcs more readily than AC welders, with longer arcing. 起弧比交流电容易,电弧加长一倍。 来自互联网
    9 mashed [mæʃt] Jotz5Y   第10级
    • two scoops of mashed potato 两勺土豆泥
    • Just one scoop of mashed potato for me, please. 请给我盛一勺土豆泥。
    10 strings [strɪŋz] nh0zBe   第12级
    • He sat on the bed, idly plucking the strings of his guitar. 他坐在床上,随意地拨着吉他的弦。
    • She swept her fingers over the strings of the harp. 她用手指划过竖琴的琴弦。
    11 tuned [tju:nd] b40b43fd5af2db4fbfeb4e83856e4876   第7级
    adj.调谐的,已调谐的v.调音( tune的过去式和过去分词 );调整;(给收音机、电视等)调谐;使协调
    • The resort is tuned in to the tastes of young and old alike. 这个度假胜地适合各种口味,老少皆宜。
    • The instruments should be tuned up before each performance. 每次演出开始前都应将乐器调好音。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    12 humble [ˈhʌmbl] ddjzU   第7级
    • In my humble opinion, he will win the election. 依我拙见,他将在选举中获胜。
    • Defeat and failure make people humble. 挫折与失败会使人谦卑。

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