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NPR 11-05:Longing for a 'Better Life' in Death 这不仅是我的选择,更是父亲

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Tom Morgan made a difficult decision to help end his father's life — then looked forward to his own death

And it's time again for StoryCorps traveling the country, recording1 people talking about their lives. Tom Morgan told his story in Murray Kentucky. He came to the StoryCorps with his friend Tracy Ross. Tom Morgan was 69 years old at that time and suffering from emphysema. His health was failing. And here he remembers his father.

My father was James Blain Morgan, and everybody called him BG, I don't know where the nickname came from. Everybody in town had known those stories about my daddy. If I went to a lunch, I went to coffee, I got a BG story. And my father was probably the finest man I ever met in my life. He was the kind of father I wish I could've been to my son. The saddest day in my life was the day my father died. My father was in intensive care. He was on machines. And the doctor came along and says, “We can keep him alive. We may get him back out of this, we may not." But my dad was a logger and there was an old statement, "If the lead team can't pull the wagon2, don't hitch3 it up". And I look at him and I said, “That's his statement, that's my statement. Unplug the man. Let him die with dignity.” If he makes it, fine. If he doesn't, at least let him die with dignity. That haunted me for 5 years, I woke up in the middle of the night, when there're lightning, and just cold sweat. My ex-wife just reached out and touched me, she said, “BG is dead. Go back to sleep.”

You wear oxygen mask now.

I do.

So all have been very very lately that's happened.(Yeah)
Are you afraid of death?

I look forward to death.

Why?

[It's]A matter of curiosity. I just think there will be a better life.

Do you have any regrets at all?

I can pick out a dozen of problems to you. But I've always had the theory that if you don't try it, when you go to the grave you’ll say I could have. When I die, I would go to the grave and say, “I did. I might not have done it well but I did it.”

This Tom Morgan with his friend Tracy Ross in Murray, Kentucky. Mr. Morgan died earlier this year.

This interview like all StoryCorps interviews will be archived at the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress. And you can subscribe4 to this project’s podcast simply by going to npr.org.

Support for SotryCorps comes from at & t with additional funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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1 recording UktzJj     
n.录音,记录
参考例句:
  • 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。
2 wagon XhUwP     
n.四轮马车,手推车,面包车;无盖运货列车
参考例句:
  • We have to fork the hay into the wagon.我们得把干草用叉子挑进马车里去。
  • The muddy road bemired the wagon.马车陷入了泥泞的道路。
3 hitch UcGxu     
v.免费搭(车旅行);系住;急提;n.故障;急拉
参考例句:
  • They had an eighty-mile journey and decided to hitch hike.他们要走80英里的路程,最后决定搭便车。
  • All the candidates are able to answer the questions without any hitch.所有报考者都能对答如流。
4 subscribe 6Hozu     
vi.(to)订阅,订购;同意;vt.捐助,赞助
参考例句:
  • I heartily subscribe to that sentiment.我十分赞同那个观点。
  • The magazine is trying to get more readers to subscribe.该杂志正大力发展新订户。
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