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2007年NPR美国国家公共电台二月-Sweet Friday

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I believe in figuring out my own way to do things.
I believe in the power of numbers.
I believe in barbeque.
Well, I believe in friendliness1.
I believe in mankind.
This I Believe.

We invite everyone to write for our series This I Believe. And today's essay comes from Lena Winkler of Worthington, Ohio. She is a 3rd year medical student with 5 young children. Here's our series curator, independent producer Jay Alison.

Many people send us essays about holding on to a belief during times of hardship, times when even the belief itself can be damaged and needs to be restored. That's what Lena Winkler is doing with help from her children and plenty of sugar. Here she is with her essay for This I Believe.

I believe in the power of tradition. I'm a mother of 5 children ages 4 to 10. And I'm in my 3rd year of medical school, I'm also going through a divorce. The details of the divorce, who's right, who's wrong, are not important, because like all divorces, everyone gets hurt. I would be relying on traditions, to pull us through this intact.

Last year I earned medical school credit working with a nonprofit healthcare organization for women and children in the Republic of Georgia. Georgia, formerly2 a Soviet3 Country, reminds me of my family, collapsed4 and worried, but bright with personality, strength and hope.

When I finished my work there, I brought home the traditional dolls, daggers5 and wine but I also brought home tick believe *, sweet Friday.

It was a tradition of our Georgian office where every Friday at 3 pm, work with a stop for a blissful half hour while we convene6 in the basement kitchen to feast on cake, gorgeous, fluffy7, delights of cream and sugar. The cook, drivers, doctors, office staff and bosses would gather to connect and relax. Then slightly lightheaded, and sometimes even a little nauseous from overdoing8 it. We would return to our offices to wrap up business before the weekend.

My 5 children and I have instituted this indulgence among our neighborhood friends ever since. Sometimes we baked the night before, huge lopsided layer cakes, outsize cookies are sloppy9 attempts the parfaits. Sometimes if medical school obligation's overwhelming, I whir through the grocery stores as I raced home, grabbing cookies, bright paper plates and napkins. It's not just the extravagant10 sweetness of the afternoon, or the regularity11 of the occasion that qualifies these as a tradition. It's the attention to detail and the anticipation12. Always a table cloth, maybe not ironed and always a scent13 of peace, pie and bouse, a pumpkin14, or some flowers from the garden. My children and I fantasize about the event all week long and then walking home from school on Fridays, we round up everyone we pass. "We're having cake today, come by. There's coffee and milk too."

Mother and children linger in the yard on nice warm days, abandoned backpacks and jackets strewn across the grass.

In the winter children squeeze tui to a chair around our big kitchen table and the mother's crammed15 to the living room.

Sweet Friday, it's now a part of our uncertain and frightening divorce dominated life. I feel a responsibility to keep up with small traditions like sweet Friday and not slip into dread16 or self-pity. I believe that by stubbornly maintaining this weekly tradition, my kids and I are creating a ritual to carry us into the future. Already we reminisce about past week Fridays and daydream17 about the one coming up.

Lena Winkler with her essay for This I Believe. In the recording18 studio where Winkler read, her 5 children sat me other side of the glass, listening. It was Friday and they are on their way to get candy and cakes to bring back to the neighbors. To see the more than 20,000 essays that have been sent to our series or to submit one of your own, visit npr.org. For This I Believe, I am Jay Alison.

Next Monday, on morning edition, This I Believe essay from Wing Coinne, leaved singer of the Rock Group, the fleming lips. Support for This I Believe comes from Kampala University.


1 friendliness nsHz8c     
  • Behind the mask of friendliness,I know he really dislikes me.在友善的面具后面,我知道他其实并不喜欢我。
  • His manner was a blend of friendliness and respect.他的态度友善且毕恭毕敬。
2 formerly ni3x9     
  • We now enjoy these comforts of which formerly we had only heard.我们现在享受到了过去只是听说过的那些舒适条件。
  • This boat was formerly used on the rivers of China.这船从前航行在中国内河里。
3 Soviet Sw9wR     
  • Zhukov was a marshal of the former Soviet Union.朱可夫是前苏联的一位元帅。
  • Germany began to attack the Soviet Union in 1941.德国在1941年开始进攻苏联。
4 collapsed cwWzSG     
  • Jack collapsed in agony on the floor. 杰克十分痛苦地瘫倒在地板上。
  • The roof collapsed under the weight of snow. 房顶在雪的重压下突然坍塌下来。
5 daggers a5734a458d7921e71a33be8691b93cb0     
匕首,短剑( dagger的名词复数 )
  • I will speak daggers to her, but use none. 我要用利剑一样的话刺痛她的心,但绝不是真用利剑。
  • The world lives at daggers drawn in a cold war. 世界在冷战中剑拨弩张。
6 convene QpSzZ     
  • The Diet will convene at 3p.m. tomorrow.国会将于明天下午三点钟开会。
  • Senior officials convened in October 1991 in London.1991年10月,高级官员在伦敦会齐。
7 fluffy CQjzv     
  • Newly hatched chicks are like fluffy balls.刚孵出的小鸡像绒毛球。
  • The steamed bread is very fluffy.馒头很暄。
8 overdoing 89ebeb1ac1e9728ef65d83e16bb21cd8     
v.做得过分( overdo的现在分词 );太夸张;把…煮得太久;(工作等)过度
  • He's been overdoing things recently. 近来他做事过分努力。 来自辞典例句
  • You think I've been overdoing it with the work thing? 你认为我对工作的关注太过分了吗? 来自电影对白
9 sloppy 1E3zO     
  • If you do such sloppy work again,I promise I'll fail you.要是下次作业你再马马虎虎,我话说在头里,可要给你打不及格了。
  • Mother constantly picked at him for being sloppy.母亲不断地批评他懒散。
10 extravagant M7zya     
  • They tried to please him with fulsome compliments and extravagant gifts.他们想用溢美之词和奢华的礼品来取悦他。
  • He is extravagant in behaviour.他行为放肆。
11 regularity sVCxx     
  • The idea is to maintain the regularity of the heartbeat.问题就是要维持心跳的规律性。
  • He exercised with a regularity that amazed us.他锻炼的规律程度令我们非常惊讶。
12 anticipation iMTyh     
  • We waited at the station in anticipation of her arrival.我们在车站等着,期待她的到来。
  • The animals grew restless as if in anticipation of an earthquake.各种动物都变得焦躁不安,像是感到了地震即将发生。
13 scent WThzs     
  • The air was filled with the scent of lilac.空气中弥漫着丁香花的芬芳。
  • The flowers give off a heady scent at night.这些花晚上散发出醉人的芳香。
14 pumpkin NtKy8     
  • They ate turkey and pumpkin pie.他们吃了火鸡和南瓜馅饼。
  • It looks like there is a person looking out of the pumpkin!看起来就像南瓜里有人在看着你!
15 crammed e1bc42dc0400ef06f7a53f27695395ce     
adj.塞满的,挤满的;大口地吃;快速贪婪地吃v.把…塞满;填入;临时抱佛脚( cram的过去式)
  • He crammed eight people into his car. 他往他的车里硬塞进八个人。
  • All the shelves were crammed with books. 所有的架子上都堆满了书。
16 dread Ekpz8     
  • 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。
17 daydream jvGzVa     
  • Boys and girls daydream about what they want to be.孩子们遐想着他们将来要干什么。
  • He drifted off into another daydream.他飘飘然又做了一个白日梦。
18 recording UktzJj     
  • How long will the recording of the song take?录下这首歌得花多少时间?
  • I want to play you a recording of the rehearsal.我想给你放一下彩排的录像。
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