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2007年NPR美国国家公共电台四月-As I Grow Old

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Welcome to "This I Believe", an NPR series presenting the personal philosophies of remarkable1 men and women from all walks of life.

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 friendliness;
I believe in mankind.
This I Believe.

You hear those voices and you know it's time for This I Believe. Today we hear from David Greenberger, an artist from Greenwich, New York, who's familiar to some NPR listeners. He has been on before retelling the stories of senior citizens. Here is our series curator independent producer Jay Allison.

David Greenberger's work is dedicated2 to people in their later years. Many of us, he says, want to avoid looking too closely at people near the ends of their lives. But he believes his life has been enriched by doing just that. Here is David Greenberger with his essay for This I Believe.

I believe in learning about growing old by meeting people who are already old. Thirty years ago, visiting my grandmother, I met a man named Herb Feitler. He and I spent the better part of a day together, going to flea3 markets and into the desert communities around Palm Springs. I was in my early 20s, and driving around with this 80-year-old guy at the wheel of his enormous Oldsmobile seemed to me like the height of exotica. Later I realized what made the experience so novel: He was the first old person I had spent time with who wasn't in my family.

In the late 1970s I worked at a small nursing home. Most of the residents were at least three times my age. Now, nearly 30 years later, I never encounter anyone even twice my age. But I continue to meet and be // friend with elderly people.

It's a mistake to think that old people have special secrets to impart or pearls of wisdom to hand out. Pearls are a rare commodity and you have to work to find them. The most valuable thing for me has been getting to know my elderly friends in the moment, wherever the conversations may lead, rather than through often told stories from their past. Tales of events before my birth won't necessarily help me know someone better. That's part of the wonder of relationships. Anything that happened before we knew each other is slightly mysterious. It's only the present we can know. And a conversation in the present is given shape by the lifetime of events and ideas that preceded it. There's no need to go fishing for the past, it will make itself known.

When he was in his 60s, after my father suffered a stroke, he started going to an adult day center. Instead of being around people who viewed what had befallen him as tragic4, he met a new group of people who didn't know him before. They understood that the way he was now, needing assistance when he walked, speaking softly, was not the way he had always been. But they simply accepted him as he was. This was liberating5 for him. Even though his range of movement was smaller and his voice far quieter than it had been, his health was bolstered6 by these new relationships.

As I grow old, I know issues that were once of great concern to me won't seem important anymore. I believe that having something new happen, no matter how small, is what makes for a healthy day, no matter how many days may be left.

David Greenberger with his essay for This I Believe. The nursing home he worked in was called The Duplex. And the periodical he has published ever since is The Duplex Planet. We hope you might join the more than 25,000 people who have sent their essays to our series. You can find all those essays at our online archive at NPR.org. For This I Believe, I'm Jay Allison.

You can find more This I Believe essays at NPR.org.

Support for This I Believe comes from Capella University.

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1 remarkable 8Vbx6     
adj.显著的,异常的,非凡的,值得注意的
参考例句:
  • She has made remarkable headway in her writing skills.她在写作技巧方面有了长足进步。
  • These cars are remarkable for the quietness of their engines.这些汽车因发动机没有噪音而不同凡响。
2 dedicated duHzy2     
adj.一心一意的;献身的;热诚的
参考例句:
  • He dedicated his life to the cause of education.他献身于教育事业。
  • His whole energies are dedicated to improve the design.他的全部精力都放在改进这项设计上了。
3 flea dgSz3     
n.跳蚤
参考例句:
  • I'll put a flea in his ear if he bothers me once more.如果他再来打扰的话,我就要对他不客气了。
  • Hunter has an interest in prowling around a flea market.亨特对逛跳蚤市场很感兴趣。
4 tragic inaw2     
adj.悲剧的,悲剧性的,悲惨的
参考例句:
  • The effect of the pollution on the beaches is absolutely tragic.污染海滩后果可悲。
  • Charles was a man doomed to tragic issues.查理是个注定不得善终的人。
5 liberating f5d558ed9cd728539ee8f7d9a52a7668     
解放,释放( liberate的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • Revolution means liberating the productive forces. 革命就是为了解放生产力。
  • They had already taken on their shoulders the burden of reforming society and liberating mankind. 甚至在这些集会聚谈中,他们就已经夸大地把改革社会、解放人群的责任放在自己的肩头了。 来自汉英文学 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
6 bolstered 8f664011b293bfe505d7464c8bed65c8     
v.支持( bolster的过去式和过去分词 );支撑;给予必要的支持;援助
参考例句:
  • He bolstered his plea with new evidence. 他举出新的证据来支持他的抗辩。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • The data must be bolstered by inferences and indirect estimates of varying degrees of reliability. 这些资料必须借助于推理及可靠程度不同的间接估计。 来自辞典例句
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