It dawned on me recently that I am the only person in my family who doesn’t benefit from having a mother in the house.
This was not only the case for me, but for a large number of fellow countrymen, including one friend who felt so bad one night that she got out of bed and cleaned her house in case the medical examiner had to come. (He didn’t.)
“I want my mommy” indeed could be read throughout the cold, snowy descriptions of winter’s Facebook, where many middle-aged women are known to go for comfort.
This translates as: “I want a constant supply of homemade soup without asking for it.”
Also: “I want someone who can put her hand on my forehead and know within a degree what my temperature is.”
More than anything, the desire for mommy translates into a longing for selfless constancy, for the all-knowing, all-knowing mother with a cold cloth in her hand, who never leaves the bedside except to go to the bathroom.
The image of the mother nurse at the sick bed-think Gone With the Wind’s Melanie in the Civil War hospitals-is one of a perfect, warmhearted wisdom soldiers’ holy person and medicine woman, a la Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa and Pocahontas rolled into one. She is a supernatural being who knows, without the help of Google, when her patient should go to the doctor and when she should stay in bed, which illness needs a warm bath and which needs a warm shower…
Now, to be fair: let me say that my good friend made soup for me-twice-while I was ill. My goddaughter, a nurse practitioner, texted every day, several times a day, from several states away. My husband often came home from work in the middle of the day to check on me. One night, which so happened to be an outdoor celebration , when I was at my most miserable and convinced it was time for the emergency room, my family gathered around me on the bed with red beans and rice．
There’s nothing quite like a mother in situations like these. Literature knows it. History knows it. Even current studies show that mothers are still 10 times more likely than their husbands to leave work to tend to sick children and five times more likely to take the sick child to the doctor, like a kid than a mother these days, continuously circling my sick bed, meowing for food while I suffer in a pile of cough drop wrappers.
There is hope: I asked my primary care provider, who is a woman and a mother, at my office visit midway through my illness, if she would be my mommy.
She threw her head back and laughed.
56. What does the underlined word “She” refer to in Paragraph7?
A. Melanie B. la Joan of Arc C. Mother Teresa D. Pocahontas
57. We can conclude from the writer, Mother can possibly do the following Except________.
A. Supplying homemade soup regularly without asking for it.
B. Diagnosing whether her child runs a high fever with her hand.
C. Offering her children a helping hand when necessary.
D. Never leaving her husband’s bedside except going to the bathroom
58. The writer mentions her friend, daughter and husband, which implies that________. .
A. her daughter has much less experience than her husband in looking after patients
B. her husband comforted her much less than her daughter.
C. though they looked after her well, they couldn’t replace the role of Mother.
D. compared with literature, history and current studies, they have done better.
59. As a whole, this passage suggests the writer________.
A. misses her dead mother B. hopes to get comfort and care from her mother
C. blames her mother for being out D. needs her mother’s help with housework
56.A 57. D 58. B 59. B
Read the following tips given by the different consultants.
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