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青少年双语美文第09篇 最无情的母亲

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09 The Meanest Mother

最无情的母亲

(By Bobbie Pingaro)

 

I had the meanest mother in the whole world. While other kids ate candy for breakfast, I had to have cereal , eggs or toast . When others had cokes and candy for lunch, I had to eat a sandwich. As you can guess, my supper was different from the other kids' also. But at least, I wasn't alone in my sufferings. My sister and two brothers had the same mean mother as I did.

我有全世界最无情的母亲。别的孩子早餐吃糖果,我必须吃谷类食品、鸡蛋或吐司。别的孩子午餐喝可乐、吃糖果,我必须吃三明治。可想而知,我的晚餐也和别的孩子不同。不过,好在我不是一个人受这些苦。我还有一个姐姐和两个哥哥,他们和我一样有一个无情的母亲。

My mother insisted upon knowing where we were at all times. You'd think we were on a chain gang . She had to know who our friends were and where we were going. She insisted if we said we'd be gone an hour, that we be gone one hour or less -not one hour and one minute.

我的母亲坚持要随时对我们的行踪了如指掌。你一定觉得我们是一帮被拴在同一条链子上的囚犯。她必须知道我们的朋友们是谁、我们打算去哪里。她坚持认为如果我们说要出去一小时,就只能在外面待一小时或少于一小时——不能是一小时零一分。

We had to wear clean clothes and take a bath . The other kids always wore their clothes for days. We reached the height of insults because she made our clothes herself, just to save money.

我们必须每天都穿干净的衣服,并且每天洗澡。而其他孩子的衣服总是一穿就好几天。最让我们感到丢脸的是,为了省钱,我们的衣服都是她自己做的。

The worst is yet to come. We had to be in bed by nine each night and up at eight the next morning. We couldn't sleep till noon like our friends. So while they slept -my mother actually had the nerve to break the Child Labor Law. She made us work. We had to wash dishes, make beds, learn to cook, all sorts of cruel things. I believe she laid awake at night thinking up mean things to do to us.

最糟的还在后面呢。我们每晚都必须9点以前睡觉,第二天早晨8点起床。我们不能像朋友们一样睡到中午才起床。所以当他们在睡觉时,我的母亲实际上正在勇敢地违反童工法。她让我们干活。我们得洗盘子、铺床、学做饭和其他各种各样痛苦的事情。我相信她一定是彻夜不眠地盘算着如何无情地折磨我们。

Through the years, things didn't improve a bit. We could not lie in bed, "sick" like our friends did, and miss school. Our marks in school had to be up to par . Our friends' report cards had beautiful colors on them, black for passing, red for failing. My mother, being as different as she was, would settle for nothing less than ugly black marks.

这么多年来,这样的状况没有得到丝毫改善。我们不能像朋友们一样,躺在床上装病来逃课。我们在学校的成绩必须达标。朋友们的成绩单上总是有各种漂亮的颜色,黑色表示及格,红色表示不及格。而我的母亲在这一点上仍是与众不同,她只满足于那些难看的黑乎乎的分数。

As the years rolled by, first one and then the other of us was put to shame. We were graduated from high school. With our mother behind us, talking, hitting and demanding respect, none of us was allowed the pleasure of being a drop-out.

时间一年年地过去,母亲的所作所为让我们各个兄弟姐妹感到无地自容。我们全都高中毕业了。由于母亲在身后不停地唠叨、打骂并要求得到尊重,我们中没人享受到辍学的乐趣。

My mother was a complete failure as a mother. Out of four children, a couple of us attained some higher education. None of us have ever been arrested or divorced. Each of my brothers served his time in the service of this country.

作为母亲,我的妈妈是一个彻头彻尾的失败者。我们四个孩子中,有两个获得了接受高等教育的机会。我们中没有人被捕,也没有人离婚。我的哥哥们都服了兵役,为国效力。

She forced us to grow up into God-fearing, educated, honest adults. Using this as a background, I am now trying to raise my three children. I am filled with pride when my children call me mean. Why? Because now I thank God every day for giving me the meanest mother in the whole world.

她迫使我们成长为虔诚的、有教养的、诚实的成年人。利用这样的人生背景,如今的我正在努力抚养我的三个孩子。当我的孩子们说我很无情时,我的心中充满了自豪。为什么呢?因为现在我每天都会感谢上帝,谢谢他赐予了我一个世界上最无情的母亲。

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