广州英语家教 My Father - 父爱无边


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My father was a self-taught mandolin player. He was one of the best string instrument players in our town. He could not read music, but if he heard a tune a few times, he could play it. When he was younger, he was a member of a small country music band. They would play at local dances and on a few occasions would play for the local radio station. He often told us how he had auditioned and earned a position in a band that featured Patsy Cline as their lead singer. He told the family that after he was hired he never went back. Dad was a very religious man. He stated that there was a lot of drinkhttp://www.gzhjj100.cning and cursing the day of his audition and he did not want to be around that type of environment.

  Occasionally, Dad would get out his mandolin and play for the family. We three children: Trisha, Monte and I, George Jr., would often sing along. Songs such as the Tennessee Waltz, Harbor Lights and around Christmas time, the well-known rendition of Silver Bells. "Silver Bells, Silver Bells, its Christmas time in the city" would ring throughout the house. One of Dad's favorite hymns was "The Old Rugged Cross". We learned the words to the hymn when we were very young, and would sing it with Dad when he would play and sing. Another song that was often shared in our house was a song that accompanied the Walt Disney series: Davey Crockett. Dad only had to hear the song twice before he learned it well enough to play it. "Davey, Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" was a favorite song for the family. He knew we enjoyed the song and the program and would often get out the mandolin after the program was over. I could never get over how he could play the songs so well after only hearing them a few times. I loved to sing, but I never learned how to play the mandolin. This is something I regret to this day.

  Dad loved to play the mandolin for his family he knew we enjoyed singing, and hearing him play. He was like that. If he could give pleasure to others, he would, especially his family. He was always there, sacrificing his time and efforts to see that his family had enough in their life. I had to mature into a man and have children of my own before I realized how much he had sacrificed.

  I joined the United States Air Force in January of 1962. Whenever I would come home on leave, I would ask Dad to play the mandolin. Nobody played the mandolin like my father. He could touch your soul with the tones that came out of that old mandolin. He seemed to shine when he was playing. You could see his pride in his ability to play so well for his family.

  When Dad was younger, he worked for his father on the farm. His father was a farmer and sharecropped a fhttp://www.gzhjj100.cnarm for the man who owned the property. In 1950, our family moved from the farm. Dad had gained employment at the local limestone quarry. When the quarry closed in August of 1957, he had to seek other employment. He worked for Owens Yacht Company in Dundalk, Maryland and for Todd Steel in Point of Rocks, Maryland. While working at Todd Steel, he was involved in an accident. His job was to roll angle iron onto a conveyor so that the welders farther up the production line would have it to complete their job. On this particular day Dad got the third index finger of his left hand mashed between two pieces of steel. The doctor who operated on the finger could not save it, and Dad ended up having the tip of the finger amputated. He didn't lose enough of the finger where it would stop him picking up anything, but it did impact his ability to play the mandolin.

  After the accident, Dad was reluctant to play the mandolin. He felt that he could not play as well as he had before the accident. When I came home on leave and asked him to play he would make excuses for why he couldn't play. Eventually, we would wear him down and he would say "Okay, but remember, I can't hold down on the strings the way I used to" or "Since the accident to this finger I can't play as good". For the family it didn't make any difference that Dad couldn't play as well. We were just glad that he would play. When he played the old mandolin it would carry us back to a cheerful, happier time in our lives. "Davey, Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier", would again be heard in the little town of Bakerton, West Virginia.

  In August of 1993 my father was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He chose not to receive chemotherapy treatments so that he could live out the rest of his life in dignity. About a week before his death, we asked Dad if he would play the mandolin for us. He made excuses but said "okay". He knew it would probably be the last time he would play for us. He tuned up the old mandolin and played a few notes. When I looked around, there was not a dry eye in the family. We saw before us a quiet humble man with an inner strength that comes from knowing God, and living with him in one's life. Dad would never play the mandolin for us again. We felt at the time that he wouldn't have enough strength to play, and that makes the memory of that day even stronger. Dad was doing something he had done all his life, giving. As sick as he was, he was still pleasing others. Dad sure could play that Mandolin!

 

 

我爸爸是个自学成才的曼陀林琴手,他是咱们镇最优异的弦乐演奏者之一。他看不懂曲谱,可是如果听几回曲子,他就能演奏出来。当他年青一点的时分,他是一个小村庄乐队的成员。他们在本地舞厅演奏,有几回还为本地广播电台演奏。他常常通知咱们,自个怎么试演,怎么在佩茜?克莱恩作为主唱的乐队里占一席之位。他通知家人,一旦被聘任就永不回头。爸爸是一个很谨慎的人,他叙述了他试演的那天,许多人在喝酒,咒骂,他不想呆在那种环境里。

  有时分,爸爸会拿出曼陀林,为家人演奏。咱们三个小孩:翠莎、蒙蒂和我,还有乔治通常会伴唱。唱的有:《田纳西华尔兹》和《海港之光》,到了圣诞节,就唱妇孺皆知的《银铃》:"银铃,银铃,城里来了圣诞节。"歌声充满了全部房子。爸爸独爱的其间一首赞歌是《陈腐的十字架》。咱们很小的时分就学会歌词了,并且在爸爸弹唱的时分,咱们也跟着唱。咱们常常一同唱的别的一首歌来自沃特?迪斯尼的系列片:《戴维?克罗克特》。爸爸只需听了两遍就弹起来了,"戴维,戴维?克罗克特,荒野边远地方的国王。"那是咱们家最喜爱的歌曲。他知道咱们喜爱那首歌和那个节目,所以每次节目完毕后,他就拿出曼陀林演奏。我永久不能理解他怎么能听完几遍后就能把一首曲子弹得那么好。我热爱歌唱,但我没有学会怎么演奏曼陀林,这是我遗憾至今的作业。http://www.gzhjj100.cn

  爸爸喜爱为家人演奏曼陀林,他知道咱们喜爱歌唱,喜爱听他演奏。他就是那样,如果他能把快乐贡献给他人,他从不小气,尤其是对他的家人。他老是那样,献身自个的时刻和精力让家人生活得满足。爸爸的这种支付是只要当我长大成人,并且是有了自个的孩子后才干体会到的。

  我在1962年1月加入了美国空军基地。每逢我度假回家,我都恳求爸爸演奏曼陀林。没有人演奏曼陀林能到达像我爸爸那样的境地,他在那陈腐的曼陀林上抚出的旋律能够触及你的魂灵。他演奏的时分,身上似乎能宣布四射的光辉。你能够看出,爸爸为能给家人演奏出如此美妙的旋律,他是多么的骄傲。

  爸爸年青的时分,曾在农场为爷爷作业。爷爷是农场使用者,要向农场所有人交纳谷物抵租。1950年,咱们全家搬离农场,爸爸在本地石灰石采石场谋得职位。采石场在1957年关闭,他只好另觅作业。他曾在马里兰州登多克的欧文斯游艇公司上班,还在马里兰州的洛斯的托德钢铁公司上过班。在托德钢铁公司上班时期,他遇到了意外。他的作业是把有棱角的铁滚到转移台上,这么焊接工才干作进一步加工来完结全部工序。在那个特殊的日子里,爸爸的

  左手第三个手指被缠在两片钢铁中。医师对手指施手术,但未能保住那只手指,最终爸爸只好让医师把那手指的指尖给切除了。那个手指并没有完全损失拿东西的才能,可是却影响了他演奏曼陀林的才能。http://www.gzhjj100.cn

  事端后,爸爸不太情愿演奏曼陀林了,他觉得再也不能像曾经弹得那么好了。我度假回家恳求他演奏曼陀林,他以各种托言解说不能演奏的原因。最终,咱们软硬兼施逼他就范,他总算说:"好吧,可是记住,我拨弦再也不能像曩昔一样了。"或许会说:"这个手指出意外后,我再也不能弹得像曩昔那样好了。"关于家人来说,爸爸弹得好不好并没有别离,咱们很快乐他总算演奏了。当他弹起那把陈腐的曼陀林,就会把咱们带回昔日那些高枕无忧的美好韶光。"戴维,戴维?克罗克特,荒野边远地方的国王"就会再次响彻西弗吉尼亚州的贝克顿小镇。

  1993年8月,爸爸确诊得了不宜动手术的肺癌。他不想承受化疗,因为他想体面地过完他生命最终的韶光。大约在爸爸逝世的一星期前,咱们恳求他能否为咱们演奏曼陀林,他说了许多托言,最终仍是答应了。他知道这可能是他最终一次为咱们演奏了,他为老曼陀林调弦,弹了几个音。我环顾四周,家人个个都泪水满眶。咱们看见在咱们面前是一个安静的、谦善的人,以生命最终的力气,用爱的力气支撑着。爸爸再也没有满足的力气演奏,这使咱们对那天的记忆愈加强烈。爸爸做着他终身都在做的作业:贡献。即使生命已走到了止境,他却仍极力为他人创造欢喜。没错,爸爸一定还能演奏曼陀林的

 

 

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