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新视野大学英语读写教程第一册unit2-b Parent Talk

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Section B

Parent Talk

After Sandy had left for school, Jane Finch sat down in peace and quiet to drink her coffee. She sipped slowly and tried to read the newspaper. Soon her husband joined her.
"Would you like some coffee, Steve?" asked Jane.
"No thanks, honey. My stomach feels upset — like it's full of knots. It's probably that awful music that wakes me up every morning. I don't think I'm old-fashioned but hearing those tuneless, offensive lyrics repeatedly makes my blood boil. There is no message to them either. I can't believe Sandy really likes that stuff."
"You know, honey, different music appeals to different generations," reasoned Jane. "Remember some of the music we listened to?"
Steve smiled. "You're right. Maybe eating breakfast will help me get rid of some of the knots in my stomach."
"I'll get you some juice," she offered, starting to get up.
"That's okay," said Steve. "I'll get it. You're reading."
"I'm not really reading. I'm distracted. I've been thinking about Sandy too."
Steve prepared his breakfast and then sat down with his wife. She gave him a section of the newspaper and they both tried to read for a few moments. Then Jane broke the silence.
"Did you notice how much makeup our fifteen-year-old daughter was wearing this morning? When I asked about it, she told me she's been wearing eyeliner for months. I can't believe I never noticed. I suppose we should feel lucky because makeup is our biggest problem with her. I've seen other teenagers walking around town with tattoos and piercings all over their bodies—in their eyebrows, their noses, everywhere. I suppose they're expressing their identity but it's so very different from what we did."
"Is it so different?" asked Steve. "I remember defying my parents when I grew my hair long. Remember? It was so long it was down below my shoulders."
"And you almost got expelled from school," added Jane.
"That's true but my hair could be cut. These tattoos are permanent. Tattoos seem radical to me."
"Actually, tattoos can be removed," said Jane. "It's painful and expensive but they can be removed. Every generation seems to need to identify itself."
"What worries me," said Steve, "is that music has a very negative message. It could have a negative influence on Sandy. I don't know what's happening to our little girl. She's changing and I'm concerned about her. Makeup, terrible music — who knows what will be next? We need to have a talk with her. The news is full of stories about teenagers in trouble whose parents hardly know anything about their problems."
"Oh, I don't think her music is so terrible. I like it." said Jane.
"You like it? "
"You know I like loud, weird music. Anyway, you're right. We need to have a talk with Sandy," agreed Jane.
Jane glanced at the clock. "Oh dear, I'm late!" she moaned. "I have to run or I'll be late for my first appointment." She kissed her husband quickly, picked up her briefcase, and started for the door.
"Bye, honey," called Jane.
"Bye, dear," answered Steve.
As Jane Finch drove to work, she thought about her children, Sandy and Bill. "Sandy is beginning to mature," she thought. "Soon she'll be dating and going out but I don't want her wasting her time talking on the phone and watching TV. I want her to do well in school and to continue her music. How can I tell her these things? I don't want her to get angry with me. If I'm too strict, she'll rebel. I often worry she may rebel and go too far. So many young girls rebel, drop out of school and get into all kinds of trouble. Sometimes they even run away from home. I wouldn't want that to happen to Sandy."
Jane knew what she wanted to say, what she had to say to Sandy. She was so glad that she and Sandy could still talk things over. She knew she had to have patience and keep the lines of communication with her daughter open. She wanted to be there as an anchor for her but at the same time she would give her her freedom to find her own identity.

Words: 700

NEW WORDS

▲sip
v. drink with very small mouthfuls 啜,呷,小口地喝,抿

honey
n. 1. (esp. AmE) darling; dear 亲爱的,宝贝
2. sweet food that bees make 蜂蜜

upset
a. worried; anxious; physically ill 不安的,担心的;不舒服的
vt. make sb. worried or ill 使心烦意乱,使苦恼,使不适;使(人)不安

knot
n. 1. a hard lump in an animal body 肿块,节疤
2. a fastening made by tying rope, etc. 结

awful
a. very bad 糟糕的,极坏的

fashion
n. way of dressing or behaving that is popular at a certain time 时尚

old-fashioned
a. out of fashion 不时髦的;陈旧的,过时的

tune
n. (pleasing) pattern of musical notes 调子;曲调;旋律

tuneless
a. without tune; not musical; not tuneful 无旋律的;不动听的

◆lyric
n. (often pl.) words to a song or poem 歌词;抒情诗

repeatedly
ad. again and again 反复地,一次又一次

appeal
vi. 1. please; attract; interest 吸引,有吸引力,有感染力
2. make a strong request for help, support 呼吁,恳求

rid
vt. make free of 从……中清除,使摆脱,解除……的负担

▲distract
vt. take one's attention away 分散注意力, 转移注意力,使分心

section
n. one of the parts 部分

lucky
a. having or bringing good luck 幸运的,侥幸的,吉利的

teenager
n. a person from 13 to 19 years old 青少年

brow
n. 1. 眉,眉毛
2. 额

◆eyebrow
n. 眼眉

identity
n. who or what a person or thing is 身份;本体

▲defy
vt. rebel against; challenge (公然)违抗,藐视;挑,激

▲expel
vt. push out; drive out; force out 把……除名,把……开除;驱逐,赶走,放逐

permanent
a. lasting forever 永久(性)的,固定的

radical
a. 1. very different 彻底不同的,完全不同的,根本不同的
2. extreme 极端的,激进的
n. a person who favors very different changes or reforms; persons with very different opinions 激进分子;激进派

painful
a. causing pain; hurting 悲伤的;痛苦的

identify
vt. 1. show the identity of; tell who or what a person or thing is 认出,鉴定出
2. (with) cause (sb.) to be connected with 使与……相关连

negative
a. 1. bad; unpleasant; harmful 不好的;负面的
2. no 否定的

influence
n. an effect 影响,影响力
vt. have an effect on (产生)影响

concern
n. 1. worry; over-anxiety 关心;担心
2. a matter of interest or importance to sb. 关切的事,有关的事
vt. be troubled or uneasy; cause to worry (使)不安;(使)担心

anyway
ad. anyhow; in spite of everything 不论怎么,不管怎么说

▲ moan
vi. 1. make a low sound of pain 呻吟
2. (about) complain 抱怨,发牢骚

appointment
n. a set time for a meeting 约会

▲briefcase
n. a flat leather case for papers 公文包

mature
v. (cause to) become an adult; become fully developed(使)成熟;(使)长成
a. grown; fully developed 长大了的;成熟的

rebel
vi. fight against sb. in control 反抗;反对,反叛

patience
n. ability to wait for sth. calmly for a long time 耐心,忍耐

anchor
n. 1. a piece of heavy metal for dropping into the water to stop a ship from moving 锚
2. sb./sth. that makes one feel safe or supported 可依靠的人或物

PHRASES AND EXPRESSIONS

in peace and quiet
calmly; in a peaceful and silent state 平静地

make one's blood boil
make one angry 使(某人)生气

get rid of
1. free oneself from (sth. unwanted or unpleasant) 清除
2. drive away;destroy 驱赶;消除

the knots in one's stomach
feeling nervous, tense, unwell 不安

go too far
do or say sth. that goes beyond accepted limits; go to extremes 走极端

drop out of
leave (school) without finishing one's studies 退出

talk over
consider (sth.) in detail (with sb.) 商量

    父母的对话
    桑迪离家上学后,简·芬奇平静地坐下来喝咖啡。 她一口一口慢慢地啜着,一面又试着去看报纸。 没过一会儿,她丈夫走了进来。
    "史蒂夫,来杯咖啡吧?"简问道。
    "不,谢谢,亲爱的。我觉得烦透了,心乱如麻。 可能是因为那讨厌的音乐每天早上把我吵醒。 我想我还不至于老得落伍吧,可没完没了地听那毫无韵律、令人讨厌的歌曲实在让我生气。 它们毫无寓意。我不相信桑迪会真喜欢这种音乐。"
    "你知道,亲爱的,不同年龄的人喜欢不同的的音乐," 简劝说道。 "还记得我们听过的一些音乐吗?"
    史蒂夫笑了。 "你说得有道理。也许,吃吃早饭能消除我心头的烦恼。"
    "我来给你拿点水果汁," 她主动说道,边说边站了起来。
    "行了," 史蒂夫说, "我去拿,你看报纸吧。"
    "我也不是真的在看报纸。我思想集中不起来。 我也一直在想桑迪的事。"
    史蒂夫摆好了早餐,然后坐到妻子身边。 她分了一些报纸给他,俩人都试着看会儿报纸。 接着简打破了沉默。
    "你注意到了吗,今天早晨我们那15岁的女儿都化了什么样的妆? 我问她时,她说她描眼线已几个月了。 我真不敢相信自己一直没有注意到。 我想我们应该感到幸运,因为我们与女儿之间的最大问题还只是化妆。 我看到其他青少年在镇上到处游手好闲,还纹身,浑身穿了许多洞,在眉毛上、在鼻子上、到处都穿。 我想他们是在表达着他们的自我与本色,可这种表达方式与我们过去完全不一样。"
    "完全不一样?" 史蒂夫问道。 "我记得自己曾经不听父母的话,留着长头发。你还记得吗? 头发那么长,都长过肩膀了。"
    "而且你还差点被学校开除," 简补充道。
    "的确如此,可头发毕竟能剪短,纹身就永远留在那里了。在我看,纹身是种极端。"
    "实际上,纹身也是可以去掉的,"简说。 "但去掉它很痛,很贵,可毕竟是可以去掉的。 好像每一代人都要找到自己的本色。"
    "令我担心的," 史蒂夫说, "是音乐会传达一种非常消极的信息。 它对桑迪可能有负面的影响。 我不知道我们的小姑娘到底怎么回事。她在变,我很担心她。化妆品,糟糕的音乐, 谁知道以后还会有什么花样? 我们得和她谈谈。新闻里报导的尽是惹上麻烦的青少年,可他们的父母却不知道自己的孩子有什么麻烦。"
    "哦,我倒不认为她的音乐如此糟糕。我也喜欢这种音乐," 简说道。
    "你喜欢?"
    "你知道我喜欢声音大而怪的音乐。不管怎么说,你还是说得对,我们需要和桑迪谈谈," 简赞同道。
    简看了看表。 "哦,亲爱的,我要迟到了!" 她呻吟了一声。 "我得跑着去,不然头次预约就要迟到了。" 她匆匆吻了一下丈夫,拿起公文包,朝门口走去。
    "再见,亲爱的," 简喊道。
    "再见,宝贝," 史蒂夫回了一声。
    去上班的路上,简·芬奇一面开着车,一面想着她的孩子桑迪和比尔。 "桑迪开始成熟了," 她想。 "用不了多久,她就会去约会,会走出这个家,可我不想她老是打电话,看电视,浪费时间。 我希望她学业好,继续学音乐。 可我怎么开口向她说这些事情呢?我不想她生我的气。 如果我对她太严,她就会反抗。我常常担心她会反抗,会走得太远。 很多女孩都在反抗,有的甚至中途辍学,陷入各种麻烦。 有时侯,她们还离家出走。我可不希望桑迪出这种事。"
    简知道自己想说什么,得对桑迪说什么。 她和桑迪之间还可以进行交流,这令她很高兴。 她知道自己得有耐心,得保持自己和桑迪之间沟通的渠道畅通。 她想在桑迪的身边,做她的保护人,同时又给她以寻找自我价值的自由。
 

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