I often help my mom cook and baked chicken is my favorite thing to make. One day, when mom was sick, I tried to make the chicken all by myself. I washed the chicken and put it in a pan in the oven 1 (bake). When the bell rang to tell me the chicken was done, I opened the oven door. Guess what? The chicken was not cooked! I started to laugh. I forgot to turn 2 the oven! Did you know what I did next? I 3 (order) pizza. Mom was happy I “cooked”by myself and we could eat the pizza together.
Chocolate was first used as a drink over 3,500 years ago in Central America. It was very popular with the Mayans and the Aztecs. In fact, cocoa beans were very important to people there. That was 4 they were used as money. In the beginning, cocoa 5 (plant) in Ecuador, which was, for a long time, the world’s number-one producer of cocoa beans. It is still one of the top 6 (producer) of the beans, but nowadays more than 70 per cent of cocoa beans come from West Africa.
Wallace’s giant bee is the world’s 7 (large) bee, with a body the size of a human thumb and wings that can spread to about 2.5 inches. That may sound 8 (frighten), but the bee isn’t likely to hurt anyone. It uses its large jaws (嘴) to collect a sticky goo, called resin, from trees. The bee 9 (make) its home in termite mounds (白蚁丘) found on trees, using the resin to protect its nest from the termites. Until recently, the bee had been seen by scientists only 10 (two), once in 1868 and again in 1981.
We first met Tom and Gee in the early days of our marriage. Someone had been 11 our garbage cans to the garage each garbage day, and Jim and I had wondered 12 . Then one day we 13 him: an elderly man who lived across the street.
I baked cookies and left them on a chair outside the garage 14 a than note. When we got home from work that day, a typed letter had replaced the 15 . The letter was from Tom and explained how he had come to 16 the neighborhood on garbage day, returning cans for people he 17 knew. Back when he’d been fighting a war I wasn’t alive to see, his young wife, Gee, had found herself living alone. Neighbors had taken the time to 18 her garbage cans so 19 didn’t have to, and he 20 forgot. Now he paid it forward by doing the same for all of us.
A few years after we’d moved in, Tom died. We photocopied that letter and 21 it to one of our own for Gee. We told her how 22 Tom had been to us, how sad we felt sorry for her, how thankful we were to have 23 him. She wrote back and told us she still talked to Tom every day.
These days, we’re planning a 24 . The house that seemed so huge six years ago is filled with furniture and books and toys and, of course, people. We know it’s time to go, and 25 we can’t seem to stick the For Sale sign up on the lawn. Gaining a third bedroom sometimes seems like an awful trade for all we stand to 26 .
It’s not just Gee. It’s the man who lets our kids pick peaches off the tree in his front yard. It’s the ladies who 27 Jim when their pool filter (过滤器) breaks and leave overflowing baskets for our kids on Easter. It’s the police officer living directly across from us, who smiles and waves and makes me feel a little 28 when Jim is away.
The moving boxes are still neatly packed in our basement, but Jim and I agree to 29 until January. Maybe before leaving I’ll talk to Tom, just as Gee still does. Than, I’ll say, for teaching us what it means to be a 30 .