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The Rose

2006-07-23 16:49

  The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged1 us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming2 up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said," Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?" I laughed and enthusiastically responded," Of course you may!" and she gave me a giant3 squeeze4.

  " Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked. She jokingly replied, " I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, have a couple of children, and then retire and travel." " No, seriously?" I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

  " I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she told me. After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake5. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop6. I was always mesmerized7 listening to this " time machine" as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

  Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon8 and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in9 the attention bestowed10 up her from the other students. She was living it up11. At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium12. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by13 five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, " I'm sorry I'm so jittery14. I gave up beer for Lent15 and this whisky is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know." As we laughed she cleared her throat and began:" We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success."

  " You have to laugh and find humor every day."

  " You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!"

  " There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding the opportunity in change."

  " Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets."

  She concluded her speech by courageously16 singing " The Rose." She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out17 in our daily lives.

  At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.

  Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute18 to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.

  Remember, growing older is mandatory19, growing up is optional.

  开学的第一天教授做了自我介绍,他还要求我们去结识某位我们还不认识的人。就在我站起来四处张望时,一只手轻轻地搭在了我的肩上。我转过身一看,一位满脸皱纹个子矮小的老太太正冲着我微笑。这微笑使她浑身光彩照人。她说:"嘿,帅小伙儿,我叫罗斯,今年87岁。我可以拥抱你吗?"我笑了起来,热情地答道: "当然可以啦!"她紧紧地拥抱了我。













  1.challenge ]vt.要求

  2.beam vi.(面)露喜色,(人)满脸堆

  3.giant adj.特大的

  4.squeeze n.紧握,紧抱

  5.milkshake n.泡沫牛奶(将牛奶、冰淇淋等混合后搅拌至起泡的饮料)

  6.nonstop adv.不断地,不停地

  7.mesmerize vt.迷惑,迷住

  8.icon n.偶像,崇拜对象

  9.revel vi.(与in连用)陶醉,着迷

  10.bestow vt.把…给予

  11.live it up [口]狂欢,享乐一番

  12.podium n.讲台

  13.by prep. 表示乘、除、面积等

  14.jittery adj.[口]紧张不安的,神经过敏的

  15.Lent n.[宗]大斋节(指复活节前为期40天的斋戒及忏悔,以纪念耶稣在荒野禁食。)

  16.courageously adv.无畏地

  17.live out 实践,身体力行

  18.tribute n.颂辞,称赞

  19.mandatory adj.强制的


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