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Late for School
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  • All my life, I've had this recurring1 dream that causes me to wake up feeling strange. In it, I am a little girl again, rushing about, trying to get ready for school.

    "Hurry, Gin, you'll be late for school," my mother calls to me. I am hurrying, Mom! Where's my lunch? What did I do with my books?"

    Deep inside I know where the dream comes from and what it means. It is God's way of reminding me of some unfinished business in my life.

    I loved everything about school, even though the school I attended in Springfield, Ohio, in the 1920s was very strict. I loved books, teachers, even tests and homework. Most of all I longed to someday march down the aisle2 to the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance." To me, that song was even more beautiful than "Here Comes the Bride."

    But there were problems.

    The GREat Depression hit the hardest at large, poor families like ours. With seven children, Mom and Dad had no money for things like fine school clothes. Every morning, I cut out strips of cardboard to stuff inside my shoes to cover the holes in the soles. There was no money for musical instruments or sports uniforms or after-school treats. We sang to ourselves, played jacks3 or duck-on-the-rock, and munched4 on onions as we did homework.

    These hardships I accepted. As long as I could go to school, I didn't mind too much how I looked or what I lacked.

    What happened next was harder to accept. My brother Paul died of an infection after he accidentally stabbed himself in the eye with a fork. Then my father contracted tuberculosis5 and died. My sister, Margaret, caught the same disease, and soon she was gone, too.

    The shock of these losses gave me an ulcer6, and I fell behind in my schoolwork. Meanwhile, my widowed mother tried to keep going on the five dollars a week she made cleaning houses. Her face became a mask of despair.

    One day I said to her, "Mom, I'm going to quit school and get a job to help out."

    The look in her eyes was a mixture of grief and relief.

    At fifteen, I dropped out of my beloved school and went to work in a bakery. My hope of walking down the aisle to "Pomp and Circumstance" was dead, or so I thought.

    In 1940, I married Ed, a machinist, and we began our family. Then Ed decided7 to become a preacher, so we moved to Cincinnati where he could attend the Cincinnati Bible Seminary. With the coming of children went the dream of schooling8, forever.

    Even so, I was determined9 that my children would have the education I had missed. I made sure the house was filled with books and magazines. I helped them with their homework and urged them to study hard. It paid off. All our six children eventually got some college training, and one of them is a college professor.

    But Linda, our last child, had health problems. Juvenile10 arthritis11 in her hands and knees made it impossible for her to function in the typical classroom. Furthermore, the medications gave her cramps12, stomach trouble and migraine headaches.

    Teachers and principals were not always sympathetic. I lived in dread13 of the phone calls from school. "Mom, I'm coming home."

    Now Linda was nineteen, and still she did not have her high school diploma. She was repeating my own experience.

    I prayed about this problem, and when we moved to Sturgis, Michigan, in 1979, I began to see an answer. I drove to the local high school to check it out. On the bulletin board, I spotted14 an announcement about evening courses.

    That's the answer, I said to myself. Linda always feels better in the evening, so I'll just sign her up for night school.

    Linda was busy filling out enrollment forms when the registrar15 looked at me with brown, persuasive16 eyes and said, "Mrs. Schantz, why don't you come back to school?"

    I laughed in his face. "Me? Ha! I'm an old woman. I'm fifty-five!"

    But he persisted, and before I knew what I had done, I was enrolled17 for classes in English and crafts. "This is only an experiment," I warned him, but he just smiled.

    To my surprise, both Linda and I thrived in evening school. I went back again the next semester, and my grades steadily18 improved.

    It was exciting, going to school again, but it was no game. Sitting in a class full of kids was awkward, but most of them were respectful and encouraging. During the day, I still had loads of housework to do and grandchildren to care for. Sometimes, I stayed up until two in the morning, adding columns of numbers for bookkeeping class. When the numbers didn't seem to work out, my eyes would cloud with tears and I would berate19 myself. Why am I so dumb?

    But when I was down, Linda encouraged me. "Mom, you can't quit now!" And when she was down, I encouraged her. Together we would see this through.

    At last, graduation was near, and the registrar called me into his office. I entered, trembling, afraid I had done something wrong.

    He smiled and motioned for me to have a seat. "Mrs. Schantz," he began, You have done very well in school."

    I blushed with relief.

    "As a matter of fact," he went on, "your classmates have voted unanimously for you to be class orator20."

    I was speechless.

    He smiled again and handed me a piece of paper. "And here is a little reward for all your hard work."

    I looked at the paper. It was a college scholarship for $3,000. "Thank you" was all I could think to say, and I said it over and over.

    The night of graduation, I was terrified. Two hundred people were sitting out there, and public speaking was a brand-new experience for me. My mouth wrinkled as if I had been eating persimmons. My heart skipped beats, and I wanted to flee, but I couldn't! After all, my own children were sitting in that audience. I couldn't be a coward in front of them.

    Then, when I heard the first strains of "Pomp and Circumstance," my fears dissolved in a flood of delight. I am graduating! And so is Linda!

    Somehow I got through the speech. I was startled by the applause, the first I ever remember receiving in my life.

    Afterwards, roses arrived from my brothers and sisters throughout the Midwest. My husband gave me silk roses, "so they will not fade."

    The local media showed up with cameras and recorders and lots of questions. There were tears and hugs and congratulations. I was proud of Linda, and a little afraid that I might have unintentionally stolen some of the attention that she deserved for her victory, but she seemed as proud as anyone of our dual21 success.

    The class of '81 is history now, and I've gone on for some college education.

    But sometimes, I sit down and put on the tape of my graduation speech. I hear myself say to the audience, "Don't ever underestimate your dreams in life. Anything can happen if you believe. Not a childish, magical belief. It means hard work, but never doubt that you can do it, with God's help."

    And then, I remember the recurring dream-Hurry, Gin, you'll be late for school-and my eyes cloud over when I think of my mother.

    Yes, Mom, I was late for school, but it was all the sweeter for waiting. I only wish you and Dad could have been there to see your daughter and granddaughter in all their pomp and circumstance.

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    1 recurring [ri'kə:riŋ] 8kLzK8   第7级
    • This kind of problem is recurring often. 这类问题经常发生。
    • For our own country, it has been a time for recurring trial. 就我们国家而言,它经过了一个反复考验的时期。
    2 aisle [aɪl] qxPz3   第8级
    • The aisle was crammed with people. 过道上挤满了人。
    • The girl ushered me along the aisle to my seat. 引座小姐带领我沿着通道到我的座位上去。
    3 jacks [dʒæks] 2b0facb0ce94beb5f627e3c22cc18d34   第7级
    n.抓子游戏;千斤顶( jack的名词复数 );(电)插孔;[电子学]插座;放弃
    • Hydraulic jacks under the machine produce the movement. 是机器下面的液压千斤顶造成的移动。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • The front end is equipped with hydraulic jacks used for grade adjustment. 前瑞安装有液压千斤顶用来调整坡度。 来自辞典例句
    4 munched [mʌntʃt] c9456f71965a082375ac004c60e40170   第11级
    v.用力咀嚼(某物),大嚼( munch的过去式和过去分词 )
    • She munched on an apple. 她在大口啃苹果。
    • The rabbit munched on the fresh carrots. 兔子咯吱咯吱地嚼着新鲜胡萝卜。 来自辞典例句
    5 tuberculosis [tju:ˌbɜ:kjuˈləʊsɪs] bprym   第8级
    • People used to go to special health spring to recover from tuberculosis. 人们常去温泉疗养胜地治疗肺结核。
    • Tuberculosis is a curable disease. 肺结核是一种可治愈的病。
    6 ulcer [ˈʌlsə(r)] AHmyp   第9级
    • She had an ulcer in her mouth. 她口腔出现溃疡。
    • A bacterium is identified as the cause for his duodenal ulcer. 一种细菌被断定为造成他十二指肠溃疡的根源。
    7 decided [dɪˈsaɪdɪd] lvqzZd   第7级
    • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents. 这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
    • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting. 英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
    8 schooling [ˈsku:lɪŋ] AjAzM6   第7级
    • A child's access to schooling varies greatly from area to area. 孩子获得学校教育的机会因地区不同而大相径庭。
    • Backward children need a special kind of schooling. 天赋差的孩子需要特殊的教育。
    9 determined [dɪˈtɜ:mɪnd] duszmP   第7级
    • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation. 我已决定毕业后去西藏。
    • He determined to view the rooms behind the office. 他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
    10 juvenile [ˈdʒu:vənaɪl] OkEy2   第8级
    • For a grown man he acted in a very juvenile manner. 身为成年人,他的行为举止显得十分幼稚。
    • Juvenile crime is increasing at a terrifying rate. 青少年犯罪正在以惊人的速度增长。
    11 arthritis [ɑ:ˈθraɪtɪs] XeyyE   第9级
    • Rheumatoid arthritis has also been linked with the virus. 风湿性关节炎也与这种病毒有关。
    • He spent three months in the hospital with acute rheumatic arthritis. 他患急性风湿性关节炎,在医院住了三个月。
    12 cramps [kræmps] cramps   第10级
    n. 抽筋, 腹部绞痛, 铁箍 adj. 狭窄的, 难解的 v. 使...抽筋, 以铁箍扣紧, 束缚
    • If he cramps again let the line cut him off. 要是它再抽筋,就让这钓索把它勒断吧。
    • "I have no cramps." he said. “我没抽筋,"他说。
    13 dread [dred] Ekpz8   第7级
    • We all dread to think what will happen if the company closes. 我们都不敢去想一旦公司关门我们该怎么办。
    • Her heart was relieved of its blankest dread. 她极度恐惧的心理消除了。
    14 spotted [ˈspɒtɪd] 7FEyj   第8级
    • The milkman selected the spotted cows, from among a herd of two hundred. 牛奶商从一群200头牛中选出有斑点的牛。
    • Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks. 山姆的商店屯积了有斑点的短袜。
    15 registrar [ˌredʒɪˈstrɑ:(r)] xSUzO   第9级
    • You can obtain the application from the registrar. 你可以向注册人员索取申请书。
    • The manager fired a young registrar. 经理昨天解雇了一名年轻的记录员。
    16 persuasive [pəˈsweɪsɪv] 0MZxR   第8级
    • His arguments in favour of a new school are very persuasive. 他赞成办一座新学校的理由很有说服力。
    • The evidence was not really persuasive enough. 证据并不是太有说服力。
    17 enrolled [en'rəʊld] ff7af27948b380bff5d583359796d3c8   第8级
    adj.入学登记了的v.[亦作enrol]( enroll的过去式和过去分词 );登记,招收,使入伍(或入会、入学等),参加,成为成员;记入名册;卷起,包起
    • They have been studying hard from the moment they enrolled. 从入学时起,他们就一直努力学习。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • He enrolled with an employment agency for a teaching position. 他在职业介绍所登了记以谋求一个教师的职位。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    18 steadily ['stedɪlɪ] Qukw6   第7级
    • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow. 人类利用自然资源的广度将日益扩大。
    • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path. 我们的教学改革慢慢上轨道了。
    19 berate [bɪˈreɪt] Rthzu   第10级
    • He feared she would berate him for his forgetfulness. 他担心,由于健忘又要挨她的训斥了。
    • She might have taken the opportunity to berate scientists for their closed minds. 她也可能会去利用这个机会斥责那些抱成见的科学家。
    20 orator [ˈɒrətə(r)] hJwxv   第9级
    • He was so eloquent that he cut down the finest orator. 他能言善辩,胜过最好的演说家。
    • The orator gestured vigorously while speaking. 这位演讲者讲话时用力地做手势。
    21 dual [ˈdju:əl] QrAxe   第7级
    • The people's Republic of China does not recognize dual nationality for any Chinese national. 中华人民共和国不承认中国公民具有双重国籍。
    • He has dual role as composer and conductor. 他兼作曲家及指挥的双重身分。

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