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情牵晾衣绳 Clothesline Memories

更新时间:2011-07-16    来源/发布:www.en369.cn    作者/编辑:英语作文网

 现代化的电器越来越多,现代人的生活却越来越繁忙。电器能为人们的生活带来便利,却永远无法带来那份闲适的心情。
  晒过的衣服上有一股淡淡的香气,那是太阳的味道;雨后的草地上别有一股清新,那是青草和土地的味道;天高云淡,落叶纷飞,那是秋天的味道;寒气逼人,清爽凛冽,那是初雪的味道。
  对每一点生活琐事的感触往往是因为对过往点滴记忆的眷恋。“刚洗好的毛巾散发出的清新气味”和普普通通的晾衣绳,勾起了本文的作者对已故祖母的深情怀念。那么在你的内心深处,又有什么记忆正在让你怦然心动呢? —小狐

 

  It’s July, mid-summer and it’s HOT.
  盛夏七月,天气炎热。

  I walk into my garage to do 2)laundry and am 3)bowled over by how 4)suffocating the air is in there! I feel guilty running the 5)dryer in such heat. I think of the commercials on TV asking me to “give your appliances the afternoon off”.
  我走进车库去洗衣服时吃了一惊,那里的空气实在是闷得让人窒息。在这么高的气温下开动干衣机,让我觉得挺内疚的。我想起电视广告里说的那句话:“在下午的时候让你的电器放个假吧!”

  Growing up, we never had a dryer in the house. My great-grandmother lived with us, and she wouldn’t have one. She thought dryers were for lazy people and a waste of money, and anyway, she liked how the laundry smelled so fresh hanging out on the line. Besides, it really wasn’t necessary to have a dryer in Southern California—there were always enough sunny days even in the winter to get the laundry done.
  实际上,从小到大,我们家从来就没用过干衣机。因为我的曾祖母和我们住在一起,她不让我们用那种东西。她认为只有懒人才会去用干衣机,而且那玩意儿还挺浪费钱的。总之,她就是喜欢衣服晒在晾衣绳上散发出的那种清新的气味。另外,由于我们住在加利福尼亚州的南部,那里晴朗的日子多,即便是冬季也有充足的阳光能够晒干衣服,所以确实也没有必要用干衣机。

  Now with three boys in my house I am washing at least one 6)load of beach towels, swimsuits and pool towels everyday. So, I decided to put up a clothesline in my backyard for the first time ever.
  现在因为家里有3个孩子,每天我都要洗一大堆沙滩巾、游泳衣和浴巾。于是,我决定在后院里拉起一条晾衣绳,这可是个前所未有的决定呢!

  I went down to the local 7)Kmart and looked for a clothesline and 8)clothespins.I wasn’t too sure they still made them, but I thought if they did they would surely have them at Kmart. I was pleased to find they did.
  我来到本地的凯马特百货商店,想要买晾衣绳和夹子。我不太确定厂家们是否还生产这些东西,不过我想如果他们还在生产的话,那么在凯马特百货商店里一定能买到。我很高兴在那里买到了晾衣绳和夹子。

  I don’t have the poles for the line in my yard like I did in my childhood home, so I set my clothesline up in the corner of the yard using the 45 degree angle of the fence to hang my line. When I was finished, I stepped back to admire my work and I was pleased with myself for thinking of it, 9)conserving energy, and 10)doing my part.
  和我童年时的家里不一样的是,我现在这间房子的后院里没有能够拉晾衣绳的长竿,于是我就把绳子拴在院子的角落里,利用栅栏的45度角来撑起我的绳子。绳子绑好以后,我后退几步欣赏我的杰作,为自己能想到这个好主意而暗自得意——这个方法很省力,而且还是我亲自想出来的。

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