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2006年NPR美国国家公共电台十月-A Father, a Son, and a 10-Cent Mistake

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Here is another audio portrait of the American life from StoryCors. This oral history project is traveling the country collecting stories of work, family and generations past and present.

John L. Black Sr. worked for nearly 30 years in the boiler1 room in Cincinnati's public schools. Recently, his son, Samuel Black, went to a StoryCorps booth to remember his father and here he tells his wife about his father's dedication2 to his job.

He worked late hours, especially in the wintertime ‘cause he had to keep the pipes from freezing. And working in the boiler room, it's burning up hot, and it's probably like over a hundred degrees down there.

Did he ever talk about what it was like to do that kind of work?

He didn't have to talk about it. Daddy would come home, tired to the bone every night when he would just fall out on the bed. And I remembered climbing on top of him and playing with his muscles, you know, whatever times when he would ask us to rub his feet. You know, back then, we hated it. I mean, he worked 16-hour days. And he took his socks off, you know, he asked you to rub his feet, you know, you hated to walk past his bedroom because he called you in there and asked you do that. But looking back on it, his body was probably killing3 him. And he was being soothed4 by his little boys. You know, working all those hours, he didn’t have time to discuss things. You had to get it right that time and that time only.

So he was a stern disciplinarian.

He was a very stern disciplinarian, sometime, he didn't have to do anything, but look at you, but you knew what that meant. For instance, I think I might have been about ten years old, me and a friend. Our goal was to get a 16-ounce root beer and potato chips. So we went hunting for pop bottles, you know, the pop bottles had a deposit on them, you take them back to store. And I didn't have enough to get my treat, so I decided5 to take some of the store's bottles, put them in my bag and then go out to the counter and turn them in as my own. So all of a sudden, I get this feeling that come over me, and I looked up, and standing6 in the window looking down at me was my father. And all he did was gave a finger motion to come here. So I just walked out of the store and he just said real quietly "Get home". And so I turned to start walking home as he's walked behind me. And it seemed like the Long March, you know. So we got home, and he asked me why did I do it? I told him all I need was a dime7, the chips cost a dime. And so he said the next time you need some money, you ask your mother. So I OK, OK, you know, and I wiped my tears and the things and I walked over to mama and asked " Mama, can I have a dime?" And she said "No".

And it wasn't until after he passed that I found out we had credit at that store. And so my going in there, stealing pop bottles, could have like ruined that whole relationship.

That’s Samuel Black, remembering his father John L. Black Sr. Samuel was interviewed in Pittsburgh by his wife Edda Fields-Black. This StoryCorps conversation, along with all the others, will be archived at the American Folklife Center with the Library of Congress. To learn how to record your story, visit NPR.org

Major funding for StoryCorps comes from the Cooperation for Public Broadcasting.

New Words and Expressions

disciplinarian n.(名词) One that enforces or believes in strict discipline. 执行纪律者,严格纪律信奉者
root beer 以黄樟油、冬青油为香料的无醇饮料
potato chips n.马铃薯片
pop bottle 柠檬水瓶, 充气饮料瓶
deposit n.押金, 保证金, 存放物, 堆积物, 沉淀物, 存款,

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1 boiler OtNzI     
n.锅炉;煮器(壶,锅等)
参考例句:
  • That boiler will not hold up under pressure.那种锅炉受不住压力。
  • This new boiler generates more heat than the old one.这个新锅炉产生的热量比旧锅炉多。
2 dedication pxMx9     
n.奉献,献身,致力,题献,献辞
参考例句:
  • We admire her courage,compassion and dedication.我们钦佩她的勇气、爱心和奉献精神。
  • Her dedication to her work was admirable.她对工作的奉献精神可钦可佩。
3 killing kpBziQ     
n.巨额利润;突然赚大钱,发大财
参考例句:
  • Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  • Last week my brother made a killing on Wall Street.上个周我兄弟在华尔街赚了一大笔。
4 soothed 509169542d21da19b0b0bd232848b963     
v.安慰( soothe的过去式和过去分词 );抚慰;使舒服;减轻痛苦
参考例句:
  • The music soothed her for a while. 音乐让她稍微安静了一会儿。
  • The soft modulation of her voice soothed the infant. 她柔和的声调使婴儿安静了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
5 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • 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。
6 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持续,地位;adj.永久的,不动的,直立的,不流动的
参考例句:
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
7 dime SuQxv     
n.(指美国、加拿大的钱币)一角
参考例句:
  • A dime is a tenth of a dollar.一角银币是十分之一美元。
  • The liberty torch is on the back of the dime.自由火炬在一角硬币的反面。
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