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[日期:2013-02-23]   来源:昆明五华凯伦贝尔外语培训学校  作者:管理员   阅读:5804次[字体: ]
Dusting off the collection of photos that grace our family room wall, I lingered over the water color painting I had done of the old house, a gift to Bill, before that house was torn down to make room for the new one.

It seems like decades ago that we occupied that small two bedroom, gray sided home. Memories continued to flow freely as I stared at the home that Bill and I had lived in for over 23 years, and also the place where our two daughters grew up.

In the painting, the house is depicted in all its summer time glory—lush pink, red, white and purple flowers overflowed in the flower beds that, by August, resembled tall colorful bushes in all their flowering finery. The proof was there right on the wall. When we bought the house we fell in love with its cozy, livedin charm.

What we learned was that old-fashioned charm translated into lots of repairs. That old house was far from perfect, but the memories invoked are priceless. I’m particularly remembering back to when the girls were young.

It was raining one Saturday afternoon and they wanted to play on their swing set. Bill went to the garage and returned with 4 huge round eye hooks and his trusty power drill. He went to work drilling the heavy duty bolts into the frame of the kitchen doorways. Then he went back outside to retrieve the swings. A few seconds later the girls were happily swinging from the kitchen doorways—laughing and squealing with delight over their rainy day adventure.

Another time, Bill came home with an over-sized plastic slide. I foolishly asked him where he thought he was going to put it as our house was way too small to accommodate such a big toy. He gave me a look like I was the loony one and told me it would fit just fine in the frontroom. When it was discovered that the slide wasn’t slick enough Bill had a solution—some baby powder sprinkled on the surface! It was smooth sliding all the way. Afterwards, my clever hubby vacuumed up the powder on the rug, and the front-room was none the worse for wear.


I guess the reason for flashing back to these memories is the fact that we are now grandparents. This new turning point in our lives has definitely brought out the kid in us. Oh, and I’m also looking at the familiar hooks in the door frame. We have a double doorway that divides the family room and my home office. Bill sized it up one day and decided it would be a great spot to hang a swing for our granddaughters. At first I balked at the idea. I resisted, but then I remembered the fun the swinging sisters had and I relented. The bolts were screwed in and a pink baby swing gets hooked up whenever our little angel Avery wants to go for a ride. Our new house is a perfect home compared to the one we lived in for so many years. It is big, beautiful and can handle any ideas that my dear hubby can concoct.
我想,脑海里之所以会闪现这些记忆片段,源于这样一个事实——现在我们已经是外祖父母了。这一新的人生转折点无疑会勾起我们内心的童真。噢,我正在看着门框上那熟悉的吊钩。新房子里有一道双重门,将家人的房间与我的家庭办公室分割开来。某天,比尔度量一番之后认定这是挂上一副秋千供外孙女们玩耍的绝佳位置。起初,我反对这个主意,态度强硬,不过随后想起女儿们当年玩秋千时那种开心的场景,我心软了。门上的螺栓 已经扭紧了,一副粉红色的儿童秋千被吊了起来,我们的小天使艾弗里随时想玩都可以。与那间居住了多年的老房子相比,我们的新房子很完美——空间大、环境优美,还可以让我亲爱的丈夫将其种种奇思妙想付诸实施。

Last Christmas the girls had another painting done, this one of the new house. It is hung right next to the old one, and in between them is a silver heart that says, “Home is where you hang your heart. It doesn’t matter if your house is big or small, fancy or plain. It takes love, laughter and joy to make a house a home.” I’m looking forward to the years ahead with my grandkids, those here and those yet to be born. I hope our house will be a home they’ll have fond memories of, whether they’ll be sliding, swinging or dancing their way into the future.
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