tceic.com
简单学习网 让学习变简单
当前位置:首页 >> 英语 >>

book 1 unit 2


A child’s clutter awaits an adult’s return I watch her back her new truck out of the driveway. The vehicle is too large, too expensive. She’d refused to consider a practical car with good gas

efficiency and easy to park. It’s because of me, I think. She bought it to show me that she could. “I’m 18,” she’d told me so often that my teeth ached.”I am an adult!” I thought, is that true? Just yesterday you watched some cartoons. What changed between yesterday and today? Today she’s gone, off to be an adult far away from me. I’m glad she’s gone. It means she made it, and that I’m finally free of 18 years of responsibilities. And yet I wonder if she could take good care of herself. She left a mess. Her bathroom is an embarrassment of damp towels, rusted shaving blades, hair in the sink, and nearly empty tubes of toothpaste. I bring a box of big black garbage bags upstairs. Eye shadow, face cream, nail polish – all go into the trash. I dump drawers, sweep shelves clear and clean the sink. When I am finished, it is as neat and impersonal as a hotel bathroom. In her bedroom I find mismatched socks under her bed and purple pants on the closet floor. Desk drawers are filled with school papers, filed by year and subject. I catch myself reading through poems and essays, admiring high scores on tests and reading her name, printed or typed neatly in the upper right hand corner of each paper. I pack the desk contents into a box. Six months, I think. I will give her six months to collect her belongings, and then I will throw them all away. That is fair. Grown-ups pay for storage. I have to pause at the books. Comic books, teen fiction, romantic novels, historical novels, and textbooks. A lifetime of reading; each book beloved. I want to be practical, to stuff them in paper sacks for the used bookstore. But I love books as much as she does, so I stack them onto a single bookshelf to deal with later. I go for her clothes. Dresses, sweaters, and shoes she hasn’t worn since seventh grade are placed into garbage bags. I am a plague of locusts emptying the closet. Two piles grow to clumsy heights: one for charity, the other trash. There are more shoes, stuffed animals, large and small posters, hair bands, and pink hair curlers. The job grows larger the longer I am at it. how can one girl collect so much in only 18 years? I stuff the garbage bags until the plastic strains. I haul them down the stairs, two bags at a time. Donations to charity go into the trunk o f my car; trash goes to the curb. I’m earning myself sweat and sore shoulders. She left the bedroom a ridiculous mess, the comforter on the floor, the sheets tossed aside. I strip

off the comforter, blanket, sheets, and pillows. Once she starts feeding coins into laundry machi8nes, she’ll appreciate the years of clean clothes I’ve provided for free. I will turn her room into a crafts room. Or create the fancy guest room I’ve always wanted. I turn the bed over. A large brown envelope is marked “DO NOT THROW AWAY”. I open it. more papers. I dump the contents onto the floor. There are old family photographs, letters, greeting cards, and love notes from us to her. There are comics clipped from newspapers and magazines. Every single item in this envelope has passed from our hands to hers. These are all things that we gave her. Suddenly, I feel very emotional. “DO NOT THROW AWAY”. My kid – my clutter bug – knows me too well. As I read through the cards and notes, I think maybe the truck wasn’t such a bad idea, after all. Maybe it helps her to feel less small in a big world. I reverse myself and bring back the garbage bags from the car and the curb. Clothes and shoes go back into the closet. I remake the bed and pile it with stuffed animals. My husband comes home and calls up the stairs. “Just straightening up,” I tell him. “Can you find some boxes for her stuff?” He brings up boxes from the basement. “She left a mess,” he says. “I don’t mind,” I reply. Silence. Then he says softly, “She’s not coming back.” I feel my throat tighten at the sadness in his voice. I try hard to keep back my tears. My little baby, my dependent child, isn’t coming back. But someday my daughter, the independent woman, will return home. Tokens of her childhood will await her. So will we, with open arms.


推荐相关:

大学英语综合教程教案Book 1 Unit 2

大学英语综合教程教案Book 1 Unit 2_院校资料_高等教育_教育专区。Book One Unit Two New Words and Expressions in Text A: 1. cabbie: n. (or: cabby) ...


Unit2Book1

新视野第册教案 103页 免费如要投诉违规内容,请到百度文库投诉中心;如要提出功能问题或意见建议,请点击此处进行反馈。 Unit2Book1 新视野大学英语第册第单元...


全新版大学英语课后练习答案book1 Unit 2

Unit 2 Part I Pre-reading Task Script for the recording: Just what are ...1) The story begins with the cab driver reading a letter. 2) The ...


Book1 Unit2 English around the world

Book1 Unit2 English around the world_英语_高中教育_教育专区。本资料是提供给高三学生的词汇复习资料。Book1 Unit2 English around the world 、 重点单词展...


剑桥国际少儿英语Kid's box1 Unit 2 Book 1

剑桥国际少儿英语Kid's box1 Unit 2 Book 1_英语学习_外语学习_教育专区。苍南小新星英语学校课时教案教师姓名 林娜 KB1 期班 第 次面授 2013 年 8 月 25 ...


人教版book1 unit2单元测试

人教版book1 unit2单元测试_高一英语_英语_高中教育_教育专区。单元测试(). 单词拼写 (10*1) 1. It took my grandma a long time to ___ (恢复) f...


人教版高中英语讲义:book1Unit 2

人教版高中英语讲义:book1Unit 2_英语_高中教育_教育专区 暂无评价|0人阅读|0次下载|举报文档人教版高中英语讲义:book1Unit 2_英语_高中教育_教育专区。本资料...


新视野大学英语1读写教程第三版book 1 Unit 2 讲稿

新视野大学英语1读写教程第三版book 1 Unit 2 讲稿_英语学习_外语学习_教育专区。Unit 2 A child’s clutter awaits an adult’s return ⅠObjectives: 1. ...


全新版大学英语综合教程1book1Unit2词汇讲解

全新版大学英语综合教程1book1Unit2词汇讲解_英语学习_外语学习_教育专区。全新版大学英语综合教程1book1Unit2词汇讲解Unit 2 Book 1 be lost in / lose oneself...


unit2book1学案

Unit 2 Book1 English around the world 复习学案 I.Sentences: 1.如今说英语的人比以往任何时候都多了,他们有的是作为第语言来说,有的是作为第 语言或...

网站首页 | 网站地图
All rights reserved Powered by 简单学习网 www.tceic.com
copyright ©right 2010-2021。
文档资料库内容来自网络,如有侵犯请联系客服。zhit325@126.com