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She sat on the couch, as always, and as I stood in front of her I couldn't stop staring at the knee-high stockings which fell below her pale exposed knees. The green couch she sat on smelled like old people and her thick-soled1) shoes were planted on a transparent plastic mat.MJV68学习网-学习教育资源分享平台

Although I was young and small, about six years old, I could tell that the dark apartment was not large. I sat down in one of the overstuffed chairs and glanced back and forth between the game show on the television and the ninety-three-year-old woman sitting next to me. She was my grandfather's mother and we called her Nanny. I needed to get out of the room that smelled of stale2) cigars and medicine but I didn't want to leave Nanny. I asked my mother if I could go play in the other room across the hall. As I stood up to leave, Nanny asked my mother if I was able to walk there by myself. At first I was confused but then my mother explained to me in a whisper that Nanny remembered me as much younger and didn't realize that I was now old enough to walk.MJV68学习网-学习教育资源分享平台

I played in the other room for a while and then came back to the living room. My mother's uncle Dave sat across the room smoking a cigar and watching the game show. My mother was sitting close to Nanny on the couch and was talking very loudly because Nanny was hard of hearing. Nanny motioned for me to sit next to her and although I was somewhat scared I sat down. She began to tell me the story about the braids3) that I'd heard many times before, but I was happy to hear it once more since it changed slightly every time she told it. When she was a girl she had very long, thick, dark braids. She began to get severe headaches and the doctor suggested that she cut off her braids. It made her sad to have to do this, but she did and her headaches went away. She saved the braids her whole life.MJV68学习网-学习教育资源分享平台

I loved to hear this story and I loved to watch her tell it. She had short colorless gray hair and large bags under her eyes. I could see the deep wrinkles that lined her face; they seemed to be marks left from all she had lived through.MJV68学习网-学习教育资源分享平台

When Nanny was sixteen she left her whole family in Austria to come to America. It was 1904 and at the train station her mother sent her off with the words, "I'll never see you again." And she never did see her mother again because her parents were later killed during the Holocaust4). When Nanny arrived in America, her uncle who had said he would take her in made her work as a maid. She cleaned his house and took care of his children, for nothing other than room and board. After several years, my great-grandfather met her and fell in love at first sight and she married him in order to get out of her uncle's house. MJV68学习网-学习教育资源分享平台


As I got older my visits to Nanny's became fewer. I seemed to be preoccupied with my own life and didn't seem to have the energy to spend even an hour with her. About a year before she died she had a heart attack. My grandfather and Uncle Dave were there. Nanny told them not to call an ambulance. She had accepted the fact that death had finally come. However Uncle Dave couldn't bear to let her die and called an ambulance. Nanny died a year later in the hospital. I was ten years old.MJV68学习网-学习教育资源分享平台

It amazes me that after raising her children, giving them so much love and devotion, and then loving her grandchildren just as much, after ninety-five years Nanny still had love left for me.MJV68学习网-学习教育资源分享平台








1.thick-soled: 厚底的MJV68学习网-学习教育资源分享平台

2.stale [ste?l] adj. (因空气不流通或香烟雾气充塞而)气味不好的MJV68学习网-学习教育资源分享平台

3.braid [bre?d] n. 辫子MJV68学习网-学习教育资源分享平台

4.the Holocaust: (第二次世界大战期间纳粹对犹太人的)大屠杀。 holocaust [?h?l?k??st] n. (大量烧杀人畜的)大屠杀,虐杀 MJV68学习网-学习教育资源分享平台





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