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作者生病后,她的女儿们通过照顾她从而懂得了关心他人,替他人着想。


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I was driving one day with both my teenage girls in the car. A crossroads was ahead. The fog was thick that day, and as I looked at the traffic light, I couldn’t figure out what it meant. The light was green, and my mind was blank. Panic rose in my chest — what was I supposed to do: go or stop?

“What does a green light mean?” I asked my girls.

They both shouted, “Go! Go! Mom, go!” 

So I went. This was the first time I had noticed lapses (忘却) in memory or judgment, but at this moment in time, I realized how vulnerable I really was and that the results could affect my children.

This was a turning point — I gave the kids, who were both licensed drivers, permission to “call me out” on my driving. If I seemed too tired or spacey (麻木的) to drive, they could tell me to pull over and take over the driving. Nowadays, I am better at telling beforehand if I am too tired or my mind is too cloudy to drive, and the girls accompany me.

I don’t know if other parents with illnesses feel like failures. I know that I have felt that way many times. More and more frequently, I find my kids taking care of me. Massage (按摩) sore muscles, make sure I eat, open jars and repeat what they have already told me. They find the memory loss and lack of concentration very annoying. My younger daughter commented on how I never used to watch movies more than once, but now that I can’t remember them very well, I’m okay with watching them again.

Teenagers have much more entertaining things to do than take care of their sick mom. I have watched my girls take responsibility when they should not have to, but they do anyway without complaint, with love, kindness and compassion. I see how compassionate they are to others who are ill. These are some powerful blessings.


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1. What happened to the author at the crossroads?

A    She was at a complete loss.

B    She worried about the thick fog.

C    She couldn’t see the traffic light.

D    She felt nervous at the green light.

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D

2. What do we know about the author after the incident at the crossroads?

A    She gave up driving the car.

B    Her children began to take care of her.

C    Her children daren’t sit in her car anymore.

D    She asked her children to get driving licenses.

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D

3. The author mentioned her watching movies more than once in order to show that _____.

A    she had time to watch movies

B    she preferred to watch old movies

C    she suffered from memory loss

D    she couldn’t watch movies carefully

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D

4. According to the text, the author’s illness made her daughters _____.

A    learn to be confident

B    learn to care about others

C    learn to think of her interest

D    feel proud of their responsibility

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D

5. The text is mainly about _____.

A    a car accident on a foggy day

B    a big family full of love to each other

C    a sick mother’s regret for her daughters

D    the daughters’ love for their sick mother

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
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