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Ican still recall the present my mom gave me for my 10th birthday. It wasn'tsomething I had asked for, but I was intrigued because a key came with it. Thekey went with my first diary. I realize now that my mother had provided me witha special place of comfort for my own thoughts and words. In the bottom drawerof my dresser, that faded, worn diary is tucked away in the back corner. Overthe years, writing has been my soothing grace, in good times and in bad. --DawnMiner, Shushan, New York

 

【自我】

 

我的十周岁生日礼物,是妈妈给我的,我依然记得。我要的是别的礼物,但是,这个礼物却让我兴趣盎然,它有一把钥匙。我的第一本有钥匙的日记本。现在,我知道了,妈妈给了我一个舒适的特殊空间,让我来放置自己的思想,自己的语言。在我梳妆的最下一层抽屉里,那个已经磨损了的、失去了当年光泽的日记本,就这样深藏了最里面的角落里。那么多来年来,写作,已经成了我的宽慰方式。顺境中我写作,艰难岁月里,我也写作。

 

 

Agreen thumb. She taught me everything a gardener needs to know: starting seeds,pruning, tips for caring for houseplants and roses, and landscape design. Wespent many wonderful afternoons tending our gardens together throughout mychildhood, and I hope to have a daughter someday who will want to do the samething with me. -- Shannon Hunnex, Seattle, Washington

 

【技艺】

妈妈教给我园艺。园丁的所有知识,是妈妈教给我的。播种、修枝、室内植物和玫瑰的小技巧、花园的设计,都是妈妈教给我的。我小时候,多少个美好的下午,妈妈都和我在一起,料理着花园。当年的那个小女孩,就一直期望着,某一天,她能有一个女儿,一起做着同样的事。

 

Theway her face absolutely beams when she sees me and her voice lightens withhappiness when I call her on the phone. Every time. Even after 38 years.--Kristen Harnisch, Darien, Connecticut

 

【笑容和笑声】

当她看着我,她的脸上光华四射;当我在电话里叫她“妈妈”,她的声音满是欢乐。每一次都是如此。即使38年之后,也是如此。

 

Thegreatest thing my mother ever gave me was the gift of good nutrition. To mychagrin, I got to drink soda only as a special treat. My lunch sandwiches weremade with whole-wheat bread. (Try being the only kid in the cafeteria withoutWonder Bread.) Any desserts we were allowed to have were homemade, andsweetened breakfast cereals were out of the question (how I coveted FruityPebbles!). And if we wanted a snack, we got fruit. At the time, this was beyondirritating, but as an adult I've been able to maintain a healthy weight.Sometimes those things you learn as a kid do stick, and to this day I feelguilty when I don't eat my vegetables. -- Sherry Pennell, Baltimore, Maryland

【营养】

妈妈给我的,最好的,就是我的好营养。那时,我也有伤心,因为喝汽水只是一种特殊的奖赏。中午的三明治,是用全麦面包做的。(我是那个食堂惟一没有Wonder Bread的小孩。你知道是什么滋味?)我们能吃的甜点,都是家里做的,加糖的麦片早饭,是不用想的(Fruity Pebbles,让我嘴馋得要命!)我们想吃快餐,结果来的就是水果。那个时候,这种事儿真让人出离气愤。但是,长大后,我却有着一个健康的体重。有时,你小时候学到的东西,会变成坚持的习惯;现在,如果有一天我不吃蔬菜,我心中就觉得罪过了。

 

Memories.My mother now suffers from Parkinson's disease and is mentally and physicallyincapacitated. I am so grateful for the simple but meaningful times we sharedwhen I was growing up, from making cupcakes for my father's birthday when I wasfive to playing dress-up in her too-big clothes and donning her frosted, 1970swigs. Every little detail that is stamped in my memory helps me smile and appreciatethe incredible mother she is and the life she gave me. --JenniferKopec-McLaughlin, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

【记忆】

妈妈给我记忆。现在,妈妈得了帕金森病了,身心都不再灵便了。我那样的高兴,在成长岁月里,妈妈和我共度的那些简单而有意义的时光。五岁的时候,给爸爸做生日蛋糕时,我在她宽大的衣服上玩着装饰游戏,戴着她的那个七十年代的白色假发。小小的这些细节,烙印在我记忆中,让我微笑,让我珍惜我的好妈妈,珍惜她给予我生命。

 

Mymother gave me red. Yes, the color! She taught me that red and pink are trulycompatible (back in the 1940s, this wasn't necessarily a popular combination),that red is a "neutral" shoe color, and that every room needed atouch of this fiery shade. It is still my favorite color, and I think of mymother every time I use it. -- Judy Bolton Jarrett, Columbia, South Carolina

【红色】

妈妈给我“红”。是,就是颜色。妈妈告诉我,红色和粉红,可以很好的搭配(回到1940年代,这不可能是一种流行搭配)。妈妈告诉我,红色是一种“中性的”鞋子的颜色,火热的红色是每一个房间都需要的颜色。红色,依然是我最喜欢的颜色,每当我拿起红色时,我都想到我的妈妈。

 

Mysmile. Whenever someone tells me that I have a great smile, I grin even more,thinking about the person who passed it on to me -- my mom. She has the exactsame one. -- Laura Hylton, San Diego, California

【微笑】

妈妈给了我微笑的样子。当人们说我笑得很好看时,我就会笑得更多,我就会想到那个把微笑留给我的人,我的妈妈。我的妈妈,有着和我一样的微笑模样。

 

 

Mymom taught me the importance of volunteerism. All through my youth, my singlemother was involved in numerous community-service organizations. I have vividmemories of dropping off clothes at the battered women's shelter and being abuddy at the annual county Special Olympics. I knowher volunteerism has touched not only my life but those of countless others aswell. --Cindi Gambardella, KansasCity, Missouri

【感动】

我的妈妈,让我知道了志愿者主义的重要性。在我少年的时代里,我单身的妈妈,加入了那么多的社区服务组织。那些受虐妇人的门前,我放下衣服;在每年县里的特奥会上,我做一个小伙伴,那是多么鲜活的记忆。我知道,她的志愿者活动,不仅仅感染着我的一生,而且,感动着无数人的一生。

 

Mymother always had a sense of wonderment. The color of a leaf, a sprinkling ofsnow, the smell of hot soup -- she found the greatest pleasure in everydaythings. -- Nancy Bradford, Houston, Texas

【小事】

我的妈妈,她总是有一种好感觉,她能制造奇迹。房顶的颜色,雪中的撒雪向空中、热汤的味道。日常的每件小事里,她都能找到最大的快乐。

 

Myname. I was named after my great-grandmother on my mother's side. I never mether but am told I'm a lot like her -- a strong woman who stands up for what shebelieves in and doesn't take crap from anyone. I'm proud to have her name andcarry on her legacy. -- Caroline Joyce, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania

【坚强】

妈妈给我名字。我的名字,跟我的外祖母是一样的。我没有见过她,但是,妈妈说我和她像极了。外祖母是一个坚强的女性,她勇敢地维护着自己的信仰,而且,从不轻信。我很自豪,拥有了她的名字,传承着她的遗教。

 

WhenI was in college, my mother used to mail cards to me each week of a semester,and inside the cards were puzzle pieces. At the end of the semester, I wouldreceive the last piece, and it would always be a handmade puzzle with words ofencouragement. Something so small meant the world to me and kept me upliftedduring particularly grueling semesters. --JenaSimonds, Atlanta, Georgia

【世界】

我读大学的时候,我的妈妈总是给我寄来卡片,每周都是如此。那里,有无数的拼字卡片。在大学结束时,我收到了最后的卡片,那是手制的拼字卡片,里面全是鼓励的话。有一些事,是那样的小,可对我,却像一个世界那么大,在那个折磨人的大学时光里,它令我奋发。

 

Mymother died when I was six, so she'll never know the incredible gift she gaveme. I fell in love with Irish traditional music at the age of 40 and took upthe fiddle. I wanted one of my own, but good instruments are expensive. Aboutthat time, my aunt called to say that she had found out about a retirementaccount my mother had begun before her death. That money bought me my beautifulviolin. Every time I play it, I try to thank my mom for her enduring gift ofmusic. -- Sally Sommers Smith, Burlington, Massachusetts

【遗产】

我六岁时,我母亲就去世了,她永不知道,在我心中,什么是最可贵的礼物。在我40岁的时候,我迷恋上了爱尔兰传统音乐,拾起了小提琴。我想要一把自己的琴,但是,好的琴真贵。就在那个时候,我姨叫我去,说她发现了我母亲在去世之前的一张退休账户。那笔钱,让我买到了美丽的小提琴。每当我拉着琴,心中就感谢我的妈妈,因为她给予的礼物,永恒的音乐。

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