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2006年NPR美国国家公共电台一月-My Father Worked the Mines

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Marcos Mcpeek Villatoro: My father worked in the coal mines of Kentucky. It was his last job before he retired1. After a life moving from one mechanic's shop job to another, this was a real job, said the friend who offered it to him. Sure, it was risky2, but you couldn't beat the paycheck, $17,000 a year. Our family had never heard of such money. My parents had plans for it. They wanted their son to get a good education, maybe even go to college. That took money, so Dad went to the mines and I went to private school.

Marcos Mcpeek Villatoro: In the summer break, I would go home to Turkey Creek3, Kentucky, where the mountains were so steep and close together, you'd swear the sun never peeked4 into the valley until noon. 'You think this is cramped,' he said. 'You should see the shaft5.' I never did, but I did see my dad. I watched how, though he bathed everyday, parts of his body were always stained black, his fingers, for instance. The coal dust hung in his prints and fingernails. Even as a teenager, I recognized in Kentucky mining towns then what I would later see in poor countries throughout Central and South America—illiteracy, shack6 houses, rickets7. Even with all those great mining jobs, poverty dwelt deep. They couldn't let me go down into the mine, but I could hang out at the opening. I watched Dad go down that shaft and cried, for he had told me stories of the three men he had seen killed in accidents. One of them, a boy, 4 years older than me. And now Dad was going down there. I wanted to yell out, 'Forget this. Let's go home, back to Tennessee. I can go to the local school. Let's just get out of here.' But he didn't. He stayed even after I graduated from high school.

Marcos Mcpeek Villatoro: Dad was able to do what so many struggling working-class fathers want to do--get his kid out, out of Dad's life. 'Don't crawl into the shaft bucket, son. Sit behind a desk.' And now I do, but at my desk today, I sit thinking about those miners who died in West Virginia and the awful dull grief that their families must feel. I feel, again, that guilty ambivalence8 toward these mines that enrich lives and also take them. At my desk, I read a book and turn its pages. I notice that none of my fingers are stained black.

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illiteracy:someone who is illiterate, who has not learned to read or write; 文盲


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1 retired Njhzyv     
adj.隐退的,退休的,退役的
参考例句:
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
2 risky IXVxe     
adj.有风险的,冒险的
参考例句:
  • It may be risky but we will chance it anyhow.这可能有危险,但我们无论如何要冒一冒险。
  • He is well aware how risky this investment is.他心里对这项投资的风险十分清楚。
3 creek 3orzL     
n.小溪,小河,小湾
参考例句:
  • He sprang through the creek.他跳过小河。
  • People sunbathe in the nude on the rocks above the creek.人们在露出小溪的岩石上裸体晒日光浴。
4 peeked c7b2fdc08abef3a4f4992d9023ed9bb8     
v.很快地看( peek的过去式和过去分词 );偷看;窥视;微露出
参考例句:
  • She peeked over the top of her menu. 她从菜单上往外偷看。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • On two occasions she had peeked at him through a crack in the wall. 她曾两次透过墙缝窥视他。 来自辞典例句
5 shaft YEtzp     
n.(工具的)柄,杆状物
参考例句:
  • He was wounded by a shaft.他被箭击中受伤。
  • This is the shaft of a steam engine.这是一个蒸汽机主轴。
6 shack aE3zq     
adj.简陋的小屋,窝棚
参考例句:
  • He had to sit down five times before he reached his shack.在走到他的茅棚以前,他不得不坐在地上歇了五次。
  • The boys made a shack out of the old boards in the backyard.男孩们在后院用旧木板盖起一间小木屋。
7 rickets 4jbzrJ     
n.软骨病,佝偻病,驼背
参考例句:
  • A diet deficient in vitamin D may cause the disease rickets.缺少维生素D的饮食可能导致软骨病。
  • It also appears to do more than just protect against rickets.除了防止软骨病,它还有更多的功能。
8 ambivalence ixVzV     
n.矛盾心理
参考例句:
  • She viewed her daughter's education with ambivalence.她看待女儿的教育问题态度矛盾。
  • She felt a certain ambivalence towards him.她对他的态度有些矛盾。
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