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A Valentine for Grandma

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A Valentine for Grandma


It was just a harmless 1)prank1, that’s all it was.


And it wasn’t as if Old Lady Hayes didn’t deserve it. The way she used to scream at us for “borrowing” a few of her precious 2)raspberries each summer, like we were stealing gold out of 3)Fort Knox well, she had it coming.


At least, that’s the way we saw it as George finished tying the string to the red, heart-shaped box. We giggled2 as Ron added the final touch: two plastic red roses, glued to the lid. “I wonder what will surprise her most,” I asked as George practiced 4)jerking the box out of reach by 5)yanking on the string, “seeing a box of candy on her step, or watching it fly away when she tries to pick it up?”


We laughed as we watched George make Albert chase the box around the garage. For a 6)chubby3 10-year-old, Albert did a good imitation of Mrs. Hayes’s 7)hunched 8)hobble and her seemingly permanent 9)scowl5. And we howled when he picked up a broom and pretended to ride it through the 10)midwinter air while shouting, “I’m Old Lady Hayes, the 11)driedest-up old 12)prune6 in the West!”


Ron was first to notice my dad in the doorway7. Within seconds, Ron’s anxiety was shared by all but Albert, who continued to 13)swoop8 around the garage until he came 14)face-to-belt-buckle with our silent observer. For a moment, the only movement in the room came from the little puffs9 of steam escaping our mouths. Dad broke the stillness by walking slowly to the empty candy box lying on the floor. He picked it up, and 15)dangled it by the string and watched it swing back and forth11. Then he looked into the eyes of the frightened boys. And, as was his custom, he looked into their hearts as well.


“It doesn’t seem so long ago that I was pulling Valentine’s Day pranks,” he said as he laid the box on a 16)workbench. “One year my cousins and I decided12 to pull one on our Grandma Walker even though we loved her she was the sweetest grandma a boy could have. We were just feeling 17)devilish and decided to have some fun at her expense.


“Early in the evening we 18)snuck up to her doorstep with a can of red paint. Grandma was hard of hearing, so we didn’t have to worry about being very quiet, which was a good thing, because every time we thought about how funny it was going to be to see Grandma try to pick up a valentine that was just painted on her doorstep, we couldn’t keep from laughing.


“It didn’t take long, and it wasn’t very artistic13. But for an old woman with bad eyes, it would do. We kicked the door and hid behind the bushes. When Grandma finally appeared she stood in the doorway, her gray hair pulled back tightly into her usual 19)bun, wiping her hands on her usual apron14. She must have heard the 20)commotion15 in the bushes because she looked in our direction and spoke16 loudly enough for us to hear, ‘Who could be knocking at my door?’ Then she looked down. Even from 15 feet away we could see the joy in her eyes when she 21)spotted a splash of red at her feet.


“’A valentine for Grandma!’ she 22)exclaimed. ‘And I thought I’d be forgotten again this year!’


“She tried to 23)retrieve17 her prize. This was the moment we had been waiting for, but somehow it wasn’t as much fun as we expected. Grandma 24)groped at the fresh paint for a moment. Slowly, she figured out our prank. She tried to smile. Then, with as much dignity as she could 25)muster18, she turned and walked back into her house, absently wiping red paint on her clean, white apron.”


Dad paused, and for the first time I noticed that his eyes were moist. He took a deep breath. “Grandma died later that year,” he said. “I never had another chance to give her a real valentine.”


He took the box from the bench and handed it to me. Then he turned and left the garage. Later that night a red, heart-shaped box with two plastic roses on it was placed on Mrs. Hayes’ front doorstep by six giggling19 boys. We hid behind snow-covered bushes to see how she would react to receiving a full pound of candy and nuts.


With no strings20 attached.



1) prank [prANk] n. 胡闹,恶作剧

2) raspberry [5rB:zbEri] n. 山莓

3) Fort Knox 纳克斯堡,美国国家黄金储藏地,位于肯塔基州
jerk [dVE:k] v. 急拉

5) yank [jANk] v. 猛拉

6) chubby [5tFQbi] a. 圆脸的;丰满的

7) hunch4 [hQntF] v. 使(背部等)弯成弓状;使隆起

8) hobble [5hCbl] n. 跛行

9) scowl [skaul] n. 怒容;愁眉苦脸

10) midwinter [mId5wIntE(r)] n. 仲冬,冬至(十二月二十二日左右)

11) dried [draid] a. 弄干了的。dried-up,干缩的

12) prune [pru:n] n. (美俚)傻瓜;讨厌的人

13) swoop [swu:p] v. 飞扑,猛扑

14) face-to-belt-buckle   belt-buckle是皮带上的搭扣。因为父亲比阿尔伯特高,因此阿尔伯特一转身,刚好只及父亲腰部,面对父亲皮带上的搭扣

15) dangle10 [5dAN^l] v. 使摇晃地挂着

16) workbench [5w\:kbentF] n. 工作台

17) devilish [5devliF] a. 精力旺盛的

18) sneak21 [sni:k] v. 鬼鬼祟祟地走。其过去式可以是sneakedsnuck,尤其是在方言中snuck用得比较多

19) bun [bQn] n. 小面包状的卷发

20) commotion [kE5mEuFEn] n. 混乱;骚动

21) spot [spCt] v. (口)认出,发现

22) exclaim [iks5kleim] v. (由于惊讶、痛苦、愤怒、高兴等而)呼喊;大声说

23) retrieve [ri5tri:v] n. 取回,收回

24) grope [^rEup] v. (暗中)摸索

25) muster [5mQstE] v. 振起,鼓起



















1 prank 51azg     
  • It was thought that the fire alarm had been set off as a prank.人们认为火警报警器响是个恶作剧。
  • The dean was ranking the boys for pulling the prank.系主任正在惩罚那些恶作剧的男学生。
2 giggled 72ecd6e6dbf913b285d28ec3ba1edb12     
v.咯咯地笑( giggle的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The girls giggled at the joke. 女孩子们让这笑话逗得咯咯笑。
  • The children giggled hysterically. 孩子们歇斯底里地傻笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 chubby wrwzZ     
  • He is stocky though not chubby.他长得敦实,可并不发胖。
  • The short and chubby gentleman over there is our new director.那个既矮又胖的绅士是我们的新主任。
4 hunch CdVzZ     
  • I have a hunch that he didn't really want to go.我有这么一种感觉,他并不真正想去。
  • I had a hunch that Susan and I would work well together.我有预感和苏珊共事会很融洽。
5 scowl HDNyX     
  • I wonder why he is wearing an angry scowl.我不知道他为何面带怒容。
  • The boss manifested his disgust with a scowl.老板面带怒色,清楚表示出他的厌恶之感。
6 prune k0Kzf     
  • Will you prune away the unnecessary adjectives in the passage?把这段文字中不必要的形容词删去好吗?
  • It is our job to prune the side branches of these trees.我们的工作就是修剪这些树的侧枝。
7 doorway 2s0xK     
  • They huddled in the shop doorway to shelter from the rain.他们挤在商店门口躲雨。
  • Mary suddenly appeared in the doorway.玛丽突然出现在门口。
8 swoop nHPzI     
  • The plane made a swoop over the city.那架飞机突然向这座城市猛降下来。
  • We decided to swoop down upon the enemy there.我们决定突袭驻在那里的敌人。
9 puffs cb3699ccb6e175dfc305ea6255d392d6     
n.吸( puff的名词复数 );(烟斗或香烟的)一吸;一缕(烟、蒸汽等);(呼吸或风的)呼v.使喷出( puff的第三人称单数 );喷着汽(或烟)移动;吹嘘;吹捧
  • We sat exchanging puffs from that wild pipe of his. 我们坐在那里,轮番抽着他那支野里野气的烟斗。 来自辞典例句
  • Puffs of steam and smoke came from the engine. 一股股蒸汽和烟雾从那火车头里冒出来。 来自辞典例句
10 dangle YaoyV     
  • At Christmas,we dangle colored lights around the room.圣诞节时,我们在房间里挂上彩灯。
  • He sits on the edge of the table and dangles his legs.他坐在桌子边上,摆动著双腿。
11 forth Hzdz2     
  • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth.风吹得树轻轻地来回摇晃。
  • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession.他很快连续发表了一系列的作品。
12 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。
13 artistic IeWyG     
  • The picture on this screen is a good artistic work.这屏风上的画是件很好的艺术品。
  • These artistic handicrafts are very popular with foreign friends.外国朋友很喜欢这些美术工艺品。
14 apron Lvzzo     
  • We were waited on by a pretty girl in a pink apron.招待我们的是一位穿粉红色围裙的漂亮姑娘。
  • She stitched a pocket on the new apron.她在新围裙上缝上一只口袋。
15 commotion 3X3yo     
  • They made a commotion by yelling at each other in the theatre.他们在剧院里相互争吵,引起了一阵骚乱。
  • Suddenly the whole street was in commotion.突然间,整条街道变得一片混乱。
16 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
17 retrieve ZsYyp     
  • He was determined to retrieve his honor.他决心恢复名誉。
  • The men were trying to retrieve weapons left when the army abandoned the island.士兵们正试图找回军队从该岛撤退时留下的武器。
18 muster i6czT     
  • Go and muster all the men you can find.去集合所有你能找到的人。
  • I had to muster my courage up to ask him that question.我必须鼓起勇气向他问那个问题。
19 giggling 2712674ae81ec7e853724ef7e8c53df1     
v.咯咯地笑( giggle的现在分词 )
  • We just sat there giggling like naughty schoolchildren. 我们只是坐在那儿像调皮的小学生一样的咯咯地傻笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I can't stand her giggling, she's so silly. 她吃吃地笑,叫我真受不了,那样子傻透了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
20 strings nh0zBe     
  • He sat on the bed,idly plucking the strings of his guitar.他坐在床上,随意地拨着吉他的弦。
  • She swept her fingers over the strings of the harp.她用手指划过竖琴的琴弦。
21 sneak vr2yk     
  • He raised his spear and sneak forward.他提起长矛悄悄地前进。
  • I saw him sneak away from us.我看见他悄悄地从我们身边走开。
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