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Love is Just Like a Broken Arm

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     “But what if I break my arm again?” my five year-old daughter asked, her lower lip trembling. I knelt 1)holding onto her bike and looked her right in the eyes. I knew how much she wanted to learn to ride. How often she felt left out when her friends 2)pedaled by our house. Yet ever since she’d fallen off her bike and broken her arm, she’d been afraid.

     “Oh honey,” I said. “I don’t think you’ll break another arm.”

     “But I could, couldn’t I?”

     “Yes,” I admitted, and found myself struggling for the right thing to say. At times like this, I wished I had a partner to turn to. Someone who might help find the right words to make my little girl’s problems disappear. But after a 3)disastrous2 marriage and a painful 4)divorce, I’d welcomed the 5)hardships of being a single parent and had been 6)adamant3 in telling anyone who tried to 7)fix me up that I was 8)terminally single.

     “I don’t think I want to ride,” she said and got off her bike.

     We walked away and sat down beside a tree.

     “Don’t you want to ride with your friends?” I asked.

     “Yes,” she admitted.

     “And I thought you were hoping to start riding your bike to school next year,” I added.

     “I was,” she said, her voice almost a 9)quiver4.

     “You know, hon,” I said. “Most everything you do comes with risks. You could get a broken arm in a car 10)wreck5 and then be afraid to ever ride in a car again. You could break your arm jumping rope. You could break your arm at 11)gymnastics. Do you want to stop going to gymnastics?”

     “No,” she said. And with a determined6 spirit, she stood up and agreed to try again. I held on to the back of her bike until she found the courage to say, “Let go!”

     I spent the rest of the afternoon at the park watching a very brave little girl overcome a fear, and congratulating myself for being a self-sufficient single parent.

     As we walked home, pushing the bike as we made our way along the 12)sidewalk, she asked me about a conversation she’d 13)overheard me having with my mother the night before.

     “Why were you and grandma arguing last night?”

     My mother was one of the many people who constantly tried to fix me up. How many times had I told her “no” to meeting the Mr. Perfect she picked out for me. She just knew Steve was the man for me.

     “It’s nothing,” I told her.

     She 14)shrugged. “Grandma said she just wanted you to find someone to love.”

     “What grandma wants is for some guy to break my heart again,” I 15)snapped, angry that my mother had said anything about this to my daughter.

     “But Mom.”

     “You’re too young to understand,” I told her.

     She was quiet for the next few minutes. Then she looked up and in a small voice gave me something to think about.

     “So I guess love isn’t like a broken arm.”

     Unable to answer, we walked the rest of the way in silence. When I got home, I called my mother and 16)scolded her for talking about this to my daughter. Then I did what I’d seen my brave little girl do that very afternoon. I let go and agreed to meet Steve.

Steve was the man for me. We married less than a year later. It 17)turned out mother and my daughter were right.CE

 

16、爱如断臂

 

“可我要再把胳膊给摔断了怎么办?”我五岁的女儿问道,她的下唇颤抖着。我跪着抓稳了她的自行车,直视着她的眼睛。我很明白她非常想学会骑车。多少次了,她的朋友们踩车经过我们家时,她感到给抛下。可自从上次她从自行车上摔下来,把胳膊给摔断之后,她对车便敬而远之。

“噢,亲爱的。”我说,“我不认为你会把另一只胳膊给摔断的。”

“但有可能,不是吗?”

“是的,”我承认道,使劲想找出些道理来说。每逢此时,我便希望自己有人可依靠。一个可以说出正确道理、帮我的小女儿解决难题的人。可经过一场可悲的婚姻和痛苦的离婚后,我倾向于当个单身母亲,并且我还态度坚决地告诉每个要给我介绍对象的人说我要抱定终身不再嫁。

“我不想学了。”她说着,下了自行车。

我们走到一旁,坐在一棵树旁。

“难道你不想和朋友们一起骑车吗?”我问。

“想。”她承认。

“而且我还以为你希望明年踩着车回去上学呢。”我补充道。

“我是希望。”她说,声音有点颤。

“知道吗,宝贝。”我说,“很多要做的事情都是带有风险的。汽车失事也会折断胳膊,那么你就算再坐在车上也会害怕。跳绳也有可能折断胳膊。做体操也有可能折断胳膊。你连体操也想不练了吗?”

“不想。”她说。然后她毅然站起,同意再试试。我扶着车尾,直到她有勇气说:“放手!”

后来一个下午,我就在公园里看着这个有无比勇气的小女孩克服了恐惧,我恭喜自己成了可以独当一面的单身家长。

回家时,我们推着自行车顺着人行道走,她问起昨天晚上我和我妈妈的一个对话,那是她无意中听到的。

“你昨晚为什么和姥姥吵?”

我妈妈是总想安排我去相亲的许多人中的一个。我多次拒绝去看她给我找的合适对象。她知道史蒂文和我会合得来。

“没什么事。”我告诉她。

她耸耸肩。“姥姥说她只不过想让你找个人来爱。”

“姥姥想再找个人来伤我的心。”我厉声说道,很生气妈妈把这件事跟我的女儿说了。

“可妈妈。”

“你还太小,不明白。”我对她说。

接下来好几分钟她都很安静。然后她抬起头,小小声地说了句令我深思不已的话。

“那么我猜爱情和断胳膊不是一回事了。”

我无言以对,余下的路我们在沉默中走完了。回到家后,我给妈妈打了个电话,责备她不该和我女儿谈论这话题。接着我做了一件那个下午看到我那勇敢的小女儿所做过的事。我松口答应和史蒂文见面。

史蒂文正是我的合适人选。大约一年前我们结了婚。结果证明我妈妈和女儿是正确的。CE

 

v1) hold onto 抓住,不放手

2) pedal1 [5pedEl] v. 踩踏板

3) disastrous [di5za:strEus] a. 悲伤的

4) divorce [di5vC:s] n. 离婚

5) hardship [5ha:dFip] n. 困难

6) adamant [5AdEmEnt] a. 坚硬

7) fix up 安排,解决

8) terminally [5tE:minli] adv. 末尾

9) quiver [5kwivEr] n. 颤音

10) wreck [rek] n. 失事,破坏

11) gymnastics [dVim5nAstiks] n. 体操,体育

12) sidewalk [5saidwC:k] n. 人行道

13) overhear7 [EuvE5hiEr] v. 无意中听到

14) shrug8 [FrQg] v. 耸肩

15) snap9 [snAp] v. 猛地吸住,厉声说话

16) scold [skEuld] v. 责备

17) turn out 结果

 


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1 pedal iuNyz     
n.踏板;adj.脚的,踏脚的;v.用脚踏动,踩踏板
参考例句:
  • He pressed down the accelerator pedal of his car.他踩下汽车的加速器踏板。
  • I saw him pedal to school every morning.我看到他每天早晨骑自行车上学。
2 disastrous 2ujx0     
adj.灾难性的,造成灾害的;极坏的,很糟的
参考例句:
  • The heavy rainstorm caused a disastrous flood.暴雨成灾。
  • Her investment had disastrous consequences.She lost everything she owned.她的投资结果很惨,血本无归。
3 adamant FywzQ     
adj.坚硬的,固执的
参考例句:
  • We are adamant on the building of a well-off society.在建设小康社会这一点上,我们是坚定不移的。
  • Veronica was quite adamant that they should stay on.维罗妮卡坚信他们必须继续留下去。
4 quiver b01zW     
vi.颤抖,抖动;n.颤抖,抖动,颤声
参考例句:
  • Can you feel a quiver of her hands? 你感觉到她的手在发抖吗?
  • There was a slight quiver in his voice as he spoke.他说话时声音有些颤抖。
5 wreck QMjzE     
n.失事,遇难;沉船;vt.(船等)失事,遇难
参考例句:
  • Weather may have been a factor in the wreck.天气可能是造成这次失事的原因之一。
  • No one can wreck the friendship between us.没有人能够破坏我们之间的友谊。
6 determined duszmP     
adj.坚定的;有决心的
参考例句:
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
7 overhear 3Kqxy     
vt.无意中听到,偷听到
参考例句:
  • I happened to overhear what he said.我碰巧听到他说的话。
  • They stepped aside so that their child could not overhear their conversation.他们走到一边去,不让孩子听见他们的谈话。
8 shrug Ry3w5     
v.耸肩(表示怀疑、冷漠、不知等)
参考例句:
  • With a shrug,he went out of the room.他耸一下肩,走出了房间。
  • I admire the way she is able to shrug off unfair criticism.我很佩服她能对错误的批评意见不予理会。
9 snap tFCzw     
n.啪地移动,突然断掉;v.猛咬,咬断,谩骂,砰然关上
参考例句:
  • He broke off the twig with a snap.他啪地一声把那根树枝折断了。
  • These earrings snap on with special fasteners.这副耳环是用特制的按扣扣上去的。
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