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Piano Musicc

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     There are 1)advantages and 2)disadvantages to coming from a large family. Make that a large family with a single parent, and they double. The disadvantages are never so apparent1 as when someone wants to go off to college. Parents have cashed in life insurance policies to cover the cost of one year.

     My mother knew that she could not send me to school and pay for it. She worked in a 3)retail store and made just enough to pay the bills and take care of the other children at home. If I wanted to go to college, it was up to me to find out how to get there.

     I found that I qualified2 for some 4)grants because of the size of our family, my mom's income and my 5)SAT scores. There was enough to cover school and books, but not enough for room and 6)board. I accepted a job as part of a work-study program. While not 7)glamorous, it was one I could do. I washed dishes in the school cafeteria.

     To help myself study, I made flash cards that fit perfectly3 on the large metal dishwasher. After I loaded the racks, I stood there and flipped4 cards, learning the makeup5 of atoms while water and steam 8)broke them down all around me. I learned how to make y equal to z while placing dishes 9)in stacks. My 10)wrinkled fingers flipped many a card, and many times my tired brain drifted off, and a glass would crash to the floor. My grades went up and down. It was the hardest work I had ever done.

     Just when I thought the bottom was going to drop out of my college career, an angel appeared. Well, one of those that are on earth, without wings.

     I heard that you need some help, he said.

     What do you mean? I asked, trying to figure out which area of my life he meant.

     Financially, to stay in school.

     Well, I make it okay. I just have trouble working all these hours and finding time to study.

     Well, I think I have a way to help you out.

     He went on to explain that his grandparents needed help on the weekends. All that was required of me was cooking meals and helping6 them get in and out of bed in the morning and evening. The job paid four hundred dollars a month, twice the money I was making washing dishes. Now I would have time to study. I went to meet his grandparents and accepted the job.

     My first discovery was his grandmother's great love of music. She spent hours playing her old, off-key piano. One day, she told me I didn't have enough fun in my life and 11)took it upon herself to teach me the art.

     Grandma was impressed with my ability and encouraged me to continue. Weekends in their house became more than just books and cooking; they were filled with the wonderful sounds of the out-of-tune piano and two very out-of-tune singers.

     When Christmas break came, Grandma got a chest cold, and I was afraid to leave her. I hadn't been home since Labor7 Day, and my family was anxious to see me. I agreed to come home, but for two weeks instead of four, so I could return to Grandma and Grandpa. I said my good-byes, arranged for their temporary care and return home.

     As I was loading my car to go back to school, the phone rang.

     Daneen, don't rush back, he said.

     Why? What's wrong? I asked, panic rising.

     Grandma died last night, and we have decided8 to put Grandpa in a retirement9 home. I'm sorry.

     I 12)hung up the phone feeling like my world had ended. I had lost my friend, and that was far worse than knowing I would have to return to dishwashing.

     I went back at the end of four weeks, asking to begin the work-study program again. The financial aid advisor10 looked at me as if I had lost my mind. I explained my position, then he smiled and slid me an envelope. This is for you, he said.

     It was from grandma. She had known how sick she was. In the envelope was enough money to pay for the rest of my school year and a request that I take piano lessons in her memory.

I don't think The Old Grey Mare11 was even played with more feeling than it was my second year in college. Now, years later, when I walk by a piano, I smile and think of Grandma. She is tearing up the 13)ivories in heaven, I am sure.



























1) advantage   n. 优势,利益

2) disadvantage   n. 不利,劣势

3) retail   n. 零售

4) grant   n. 奖助金

5) SAT: Scholastic12 Apptitude Test 学业能力倾向测验,也称教育能力测试,是美国大学在招生时对成绩的一项主要参考。

6) board  n. 伙食

7) glamorous   a. 富有魅力的

8) break down 分解

9) in stacks 堆成堆

10) wrinkled  a. 起皱的

11) take sth. upon oneself 承担责任

12) hang up 挂(电话)

13) ivory  n. 象牙,文中指象牙制的钢琴键



1 apparent FMsyP     
  • The apparent truth was really a lie.表面上看似实话,实际上是个谎言。
  • His guilt is apparent to all.他的罪恶尽人皆知。
2 qualified DCPyj     
  • He is qualified as a complete man of letters.他有资格当真正的文学家。
  • We must note that we still lack qualified specialists.我们必须看到我们还缺乏有资质的专家。
3 perfectly 8Mzxb     
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
4 flipped 5bef9da31993fe26a832c7d4b9630147     
轻弹( flip的过去式和过去分词 ); 按(开关); 快速翻转; 急挥
  • The plane flipped and crashed. 飞机猛地翻转,撞毁了。
  • The carter flipped at the horse with his whip. 赶大车的人扬鞭朝着马轻轻地抽打。
5 makeup 4AXxO     
  • Those who failed the exam take a makeup exam.这次考试不及格的人必须参加补考。
  • Do you think her beauty could makeup for her stupidity?你认为她的美丽能弥补她的愚蠢吗?
6 helping 2rGzDc     
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
7 labor P9Tzs     
  • We are never late in satisfying him for his labor.我们从不延误付给他劳动报酬。
  • He was completely spent after two weeks of hard labor.艰苦劳动两周后,他已经疲惫不堪了。
8 decided lvqzZd     
  • 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。
9 retirement TWoxH     
  • She wanted to enjoy her retirement without being beset by financial worries.她想享受退休生活而不必为金钱担忧。
  • I have to put everything away for my retirement.我必须把一切都积蓄起来以便退休后用。
10 advisor JKByk     
  • They employed me as an advisor.他们聘请我当顾问。
  • The professor is engaged as a technical advisor.这位教授被聘请为技术顾问。
11 mare Y24y3     
  • The mare has just thrown a foal in the stable.那匹母马刚刚在马厩里产下了一只小马驹。
  • The mare foundered under the heavy load and collapsed in the road.那母马因负载过重而倒在路上。
12 scholastic 3DLzs     
  • There was a careful avoidance of the sensitive topic in the scholastic circles.学术界小心地避开那个敏感的话题。
  • This would do harm to students' scholastic performance in the long run.这将对学生未来的学习成绩有害。
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