Last summer my son, Eric, left for university in another country. Our once lively house became quiet and1 . I missed him so much that I started sending him messages on the phone, mainly to say2 or to give him a word of warning.
One of my messages says, "So you told me you 3 your credit card (信用卡). If you don't try hard to mend your careless ways, one day you'll 4 and find your brain missing."
I did get Eric's messages, but most of them were about 5 . They were no different from the notes he used to leave 6 the white board when he was at home.
"I bought a new pair of shoes. They cost me $90. Please help!"
"Money is running short 7 I've bought some books for my research paper. Help me please!"
8 , however, Eric begins to send me all kinds of articles: some funny, some touching and some worth
9 . He says they will help me understand young men better and p with the times.
I read the articles slowly, like a 10 student, with mixed feelings as well-my kid, who followed me around not long ago, has now become my 11 !
So I write back, "I've read all those articles. I'll take 12 as a loving son's expectations towards his mother. He must be thinking that his mother is still 13 enough to accept new things. That makes me feel proud. What we parents lack (缺乏) most is the ability to learn and 14 , in both body and mind. Than, my son."
In this way we share ideas and 15 each other, with a gentle and beautiful language we seldom use. Every time I read those messages, I feel my heart filled with warmth.
1. A. dark B. clean C. lonely D. comfortable
2. A. hello B. sorry C. thanks D. goodbye
3. A. lost B. lent C. designed D. received
4. A. give up B. wap C. set off D. take off
5. A. health B. music C. money D. safety
6. A. on B. across C. behind D. opposite
7. A. if B. until C. though D. because
8. A. Luckily B. Actually C. Recently D. Immediately
9. A. copying B. writing C. thinking D. correcting
10. A. crazy B. popular C. nervous D. careful
11. A. doctor B. teacher C. customer D. classmate
12. A. us B. you C. him D. them
13. A. young B. pretty C. friendly D. honest
14. A. fight B. change C. exercise D. remember
15. A. watch B. invite C. protect D. encourage
Every year, more than 26,000 children arrive in Britain. We ask some new arrivals what they like best about their new lives and what's different from home.
I don't know anybody from Poland here, but I'm lucky because the English boy next door is very friendly and kind. We are in the same class! I like teachers here. At home, the teachers seem a bit strict and serious. There are a lot of rules, too. Here, teachers are patient and don't give much homework. We students go out of school and buy pizza or burgers at lunchtime. We can't do that in Poland. Daisy & Luck, the USA
My sister and I like living here. It's cool! My sister loves the British accent (口音). Everybody here is very polite. But we don't understand all your strange words-we say "yard" not garden, and "apartment" not flat. The food is better here. There's Chinese, Indian and Thai. At home we eat too much fast food.