The Ring
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When the one-year anniversary of my mother's passing came around, I found myself in the kitchen preparing some of her favorite dishes. I hadn't planned this, but there I was one hot August afternoon, making her famous soup from the turkey I had roasted the day before. As I poured myself into cooking, some of the deep sadness I was experiencing at this one-year mark moved through me. I loved my mom's turkey soup, how she cooked the egg noodles right in the broth1, and how they soaked it up and tasted almost like dumplings. I remembered the time she made some especially for me. It was summer then, too, and I had a terrible head cold. She arrived unexpectedly one afternoon at my work place with a huge jar of her turkey noodle soup. I thought about the bread she used to bake and about how much butter she would slather on it, and how we loved to dip it into the broth. I began to feel a little more buoyant amidst the pain of losing her. While the noodles boiled in the broth in my kitchen, I realized that I was reconnecting with my mother through food. I laughed a bit at myself when I reflected on all the dishes I had cooked that week. Without knowing it, I had created a beautiful ritual to honor my mother and to comfort myself at this vulnerable time. I suddenly felt my mother at hand and was filled with her presence. I was so uplifted and excited that I began talking to her, imagining she were there. "What else should we make?" I asked of us both, wanting to keep the ritual from ending. "Irish Potato Pancakes," was the reply. I hesitated. The thought of these brought up another loss. The last time I made potato pancakes was two and a half years ago. I had taken off my engagement ring to make the dough2, and never found it again. Since then, I resisted using that recipe even though I really liked those pancakes. It's sort of silly, but whenever I considered making them, I felt resentful of their participation3 in my loss, as if they were partly to blame.
My mom should know better than to suggest these, I thought. (I don't even remember her ever making them.) She knew how upset I was about losing my ring. I had always called her whenever I lost something, even when I was away at college, even from across the country, even when I traveled abroad. She had a knack4 for helping5 me find my way to lost things, except for this time.
But despite these hesitations6, I found myself caught up in the joy and celebration of the moment, and I reached for the cookbook without another thought of the ring. My mom did love Irish things, and these were delicious. I opened the large coffee-table cookbook and turned to the pancake recipe. At once, something at the bottom of the page caught my eye... It sparkled! I gasped7 in utter amazement8! There, pressed into the pages of this book, was my diamond ring! Chills ran up and down my body as my mind raced to ponder how this was at all possible. Hadn't I used the book for other recipes in the course of almost three years? Wouldn't the ring have slipped out during the packing and unpacking9 of two household moves? Hadn't I checked the book for the ring when I had lost it? My mind was subdued10 as my heart overflowed11 with the magic of gratitude12 and wonder. I slipped my ring onto my trembling hand, and a smile filled my soul as I whispered, "Thanks Mom." That day, I made potato pancakes in the shape of hearts.


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1 broth acsyx     
n.原(汁)汤(鱼汤、肉汤、菜汤等)
参考例句:
  1. Every cook praises his own broth.厨子总是称赞自己做的汤。
  2. Just a bit of a mouse's dropping will spoil a whole saucepan of broth.一粒老鼠屎败坏一锅汤。
2 dough hkbzg     
n.生面团;钱,现款
参考例句:
  1. She formed the dough into squares.她把生面团捏成四方块。
  2. The baker is kneading dough.那位面包师在揉面。
3 participation KS9zu     
n.参与,参加,分享
参考例句:
  1. Some of the magic tricks called for audience participation.有些魔术要求有观众的参与。
  2. The scheme aims to encourage increased participation in sporting activities.这个方案旨在鼓励大众更多地参与体育活动。
4 knack Jx9y4     
n.诀窍,做事情的灵巧的,便利的方法
参考例句:
  1. He has a knack of teaching arithmetic.他教算术有诀窍。
  2. Making omelettes isn't difficult,but there's a knack to it.做煎蛋饼并不难,但有窍门。
5 helping 2rGzDc     
n.食物的一份&adj.帮助人的,辅助的
参考例句:
  1. The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  2. By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
6 hesitations 7f4a0066e665f6f1d62fe3393d7f5182     
n.犹豫( hesitation的名词复数 );踌躇;犹豫(之事或行为);口吃
参考例句:
  1. His doubts and hesitations were tiresome. 他的疑惑和犹豫令人厌烦。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. The cool manipulators in Hanoi had exploited America's hesitations and self-doubt. 善于冷静地操纵这类事的河内统治者大大地钻了美国当局优柔寡断的空子。 来自辞典例句
7 gasped e6af294d8a7477229d6749fa9e8f5b80     
v.喘气( gasp的过去式和过去分词 );喘息;倒抽气;很想要
参考例句:
  1. She gasped at the wonderful view. 如此美景使她惊讶得屏住了呼吸。
  2. People gasped with admiration at the superb skill of the gymnasts. 体操运动员的高超技艺令人赞叹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
8 amazement 7zlzBK     
n.惊奇,惊讶
参考例句:
  1. All those around him looked at him with amazement.周围的人都对他投射出惊异的眼光。
  2. He looked at me in blank amazement.他带着迷茫惊诧的神情望着我。
9 unpacking 4cd1f3e1b7db9c6a932889b5839cdd25     
n.取出货物,拆包[箱]v.从(包裹等)中取出(所装的东西),打开行李取出( unpack的现在分词 );拆包;解除…的负担;吐露(心事等)
参考例句:
  1. Joe sat on the bed while Martin was unpacking. 马丁打开箱子取东西的时候,乔坐在床上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. They are unpacking a trunk. 他们正在打开衣箱。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 subdued 76419335ce506a486af8913f13b8981d     
adj. 屈服的,柔和的,减弱的 动词subdue的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  1. He seemed a bit subdued to me. 我觉得他当时有点闷闷不乐。
  2. I felt strangely subdued when it was all over. 一切都结束的时候,我却有一种奇怪的压抑感。
11 overflowed 4cc5ae8d4154672c8a8539b5a1f1842f     
溢出的
参考例句:
  1. Plates overflowed with party food. 聚会上的食物碟满盘盈。
  2. A great throng packed out the theater and overflowed into the corridors. 一大群人坐满剧院并且还有人涌到了走廊上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 gratitude p6wyS     
adj.感激,感谢
参考例句:
  1. I have expressed the depth of my gratitude to him.我向他表示了深切的谢意。
  2. She could not help her tears of gratitude rolling down her face.她感激的泪珠禁不住沿着面颊流了下来。
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