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Dad 老爸
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  • The first memory I have of him — of anything, really — is his strength. It was in the late afternoon in a house under construction near ours. The unfinished wood floor had large, terrifying holes whose yawning[张大嘴] darkness I knew led to nowhere good. His powerful hands, then age 33, wrapped all the way around my tiny arms, then age 4, and easily swung[摇摆] me up to his shoulders to command all I surveyed.

    The relationship between a son and his father changes over time. It may grow and flourish[繁茂] in mutual1 maturity[成熟]. It may sour in resented2 dependence3 or independence. With many children living in single-parent homes today, it may not even exist.

    But to a little boy right after World War II ,a father seemed a god with strange strengths and uncanny[离奇的] powers enabling him to do and know things that no mortal4 could do or know. Amazing things, like putting a bicycle chain back on, just like that. Or building a hamster[仓鼠] cage.Or guiding a jigsaw[拼板玩具] so it forms the letter F;I learned the alphabet[字母表] that way in those pre-television days.

    There were, of course, rules to learn. First came the handshake. None of those fishy[冷冰冰的] little finger grips, but a good firm squeeze accompanied by an equally strong gaze into the other's eyes. “ The first thing anyone knows about you is your handshake,” he would say. And we'd practice it each night on his return from work, the serious toddler in the battered[用旧了的] Cleveland Indian's cap running up to the giant father to shake hands again and again until it was firm enough.

    As time passed, there were other rules to learn. “Always do your best.”“Do it now.”“Never lie!” And most importantly,“You can do whatever you have to do.” By my teens, he wasn't telling me what to do anymore, which was scary[令人害怕的] and heady[使人兴奋的] at the same time. He provided perspective, not telling me what was around the great corner of life but letting me know there was a lot more than just today and the next, which I hadn't thought of.

    One day, I realize now, there was a change. I wasn't trying to please him so much as I was trying to impress him. I never asked him to come to my football games. He had a high-pressure career, and it meant driving through most of Friday night. But for all the big games, when I looked over at the sideline, there was that familiar fedora. And by God, did the opposing team captain ever get a firm handshake and a gaze he would remember.

    Then, a school fact contradicted5 something he said. Impossible that he could be wrong, but there it was in the book. These accumulated over time, along with personal experiences, to buttress6 my own developing sense of values. And I could tell we had each taken our own, perfectly7 normal paths.

    I began to see, too, his blind spots, his prejudices[偏见] and his weaknesses. I never threw these up at him. He hadn't to me, and, anyway, he seemed to need protection. I stopped asking his advice; the experiences he drew from no longer seemed relevant to the decisions I had to make.

    He volunteered advice for a while. But then, in more recent years, politics and issues gave way to talk of empty errands8 and, always, to ailments9.

    From his bed, he showed me the many sores and scars10 on his misshapen body and all the bottles for medicine. “ Sometimes,” he confided[倾诉], “ I would just like to lie down and go to sleep and not wake up.”

    After much thought and practice (“ You can do whatever you have to do.” ), one night last winter, I sat down by his bed and remembered for an instant those terrifying dark holes in another house 35 years before. I told my fatherhow much I loved him. I described all the things people were doing for him. But, I said, he kept eating poorly, hiding in his room and violating11 the doctor's orders. No amount of love could make someone else care about life, I said; it was a two-way street. He wasn't doing his best. The decision was his.

    He said he knew how hard my words had been to say and how proud he was of me. “ I had the best teacher,” I said. “ You can do whatever you have to do.” He smiled a little. And we shook hands, firmly, for the last time.

    Several days later, at about 4 A.M., my mother heard Dad shuffling[拖着] about their dark room. “ I have some things I have to do,” he said. He paid a bundle of bills. He composed for my mother a long list of legal and financial what-to-do's “ in case of emergency.” And he wrote me a note.

    Then he walked back to his bed and laid himself down. He went to sleep, naturally. And he did not wake up.
















     6级    双语 


    1 mutual [ˈmju:tʃuəl] eFOxC   第7级
    • We must pull together for mutual interest. 我们必须为相互的利益而通力合作。
    • Mutual interests tied us together. 相互的利害关系把我们联系在一起。
    2 resented [riˈzentid] 3f1c489f47b018d0896f19cfb098ca11   第6级
    对…感到愤怒( resent的过去式和过去分词 ); 关系( regard的过去式和过去分词 ); 再差遣; 再发
    • She resented the insinuation that she was too old for the job. 她憎恶暗示她太老不适合这项工作的话。
    • I deeply resented her criticism. 我对她的批评感到非常气愤。
    3 dependence [dɪˈpendəns] 3wsx9   第8级
    • Doctors keep trying to break her dependence of the drug. 医生们尽力使她戒除毒瘾。
    • He was freed from financial dependence on his parents. 他在经济上摆脱了对父母的依赖。
    4 mortal [ˈmɔ:tl] Hj8yA   第6级
    • He received a mortal wound soon after the battle began. 战争开始后不久,他就受到了致命的重伤。
    • They are our mortal enemies. 他们是我们不共戴天的仇敌。
    5 contradicted [ˌkɔntrəˈdiktid] 8499be2eae9fb835919baabf29b1948e   第6级
    v.反驳,否认…的真实性( contradict的过去式和过去分词 );与…发生矛盾,与…抵触
    • All evening her husband contradicted everything she said. 整个晚上她说什么丈夫都反驳。
    • He always flies into a tantrum when he's contradicted. 每当不如意时他就会大发脾气。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    6 buttress [ˈbʌtrəs] fcOyo   第11级
    • I don't think they have any buttress behind them. 我认为他们背后没有什么支持力量。
    • It was decided to buttress the crumbling walls. 人们决定建造扶壁以支撑崩塌中的墙。
    7 perfectly [ˈpɜ:fɪktli] 8Mzxb   第8级
    • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said. 证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
    • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board. 我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
    8 errands [ˈerəndz] 73b17faa22c4125bdd671cd69e0185d6   第6级
    n.errand的复数;差使( errand的名词复数 );差事
    • He often runs errands for his grandmother. 他经常给他的祖母跑腿儿。
    • I have a few errands to do in the town. 我在城里有些差事要办。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    9 ailments [ˈeilmənts] 6ba3bf93bc9d97e7fdc2b1b65b3e69d6   第9级
    疾病(尤指慢性病),不适( ailment的名词复数 )
    • His ailments include a mild heart attack and arthritis. 他患有轻度心脏病和关节炎。
    • He hospitalizes patients for minor ailments. 他把只有小病的患者也送进医院。
    10 scars [s'kɑ:z] 272ed9f38711a858db2ec9a22b3cf7c8   第6级
    n.伤痕( scar的名词复数 );精神上的创伤;有损外观的地方;裸岩
    • Slowly the war scars faded. 战争的创伤慢慢地消失了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
    • I've got scars from head to toe in tribute to my courage. 为了嘉奖我的胆量,我得到浑身的伤疤。 来自辞典例句
    11 violating [ˈvaiəleitɪŋ] f21f0743189bca7a9c9bcb89353e0ff3   第6级
    亵渎( violate的现在分词 ); 违反; 侵犯; 强奸
    • Ignorance of a law does not excuse a man for violating it. 一个人不懂法律不构成犯法的理由。
    • It was sued by the U.S. federal government for violating antitrust law. 它被美国联邦政府指控违反了反托拉斯法。

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