20140724【英译中】Food for Thought 1(483字)

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发表于:2014-07-24 16:22 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

                    Food for Thought

                        by Nancy Otto Boffo

                    人生如煲汤

    From the time I was a child growing up in New JerseyI loved spending weekends with my grandparentsTheir big old house was cozyand I felt especially welcome and relaxed in Granny's small kitchenIt was there that we  had intimate conversationsand Granny always seemed to include morsels of wisdom with every recipe she prepared

    我从小生活在新泽西州,并在那里长大;那时候,我常常到爷爷奶奶家过周末。他们家房子大,古色古香,舒适温馨;尤其是在那个小小的厨房里,我觉得自己颇受欢迎,因而无拘无束。正是在那里,我与奶奶有过不少亲密的交谈。奶奶做的每一种食物中,好像总是蕴藏着一些人生的智慧。

    I remember one Saturday morning in particularI was about 11years old and had spent the nightAfter breakfast I asked Granny,“What kind of soup are you making today?”I could smell the broth simmering  in a bluespeckled enamelware pot on top of the old gas stove

    Vegetable beef,”she answered.“And you can help by chopping some carrots and celery.”

    Granny tied an apron around her full waistWe got the vegetables from the refrigeratoronionscarrotscelerypotatoes and cauliflowerShe gave me a knife and cutting board so I could do my share of the work

    As I slowly peeled carrotsI lamented,“I've got to give an oral book report next week and I' m scared.”

    Granny looked at me and then back to the handful of chopped onions she had measured in her handShe dumped them into the soup pot and said,“Most people are afraid of public speakingBut rememberthe only thing we have to fear is fear itselfSowhat exactly are you afraid of?”

   我记得特别清楚的是一个星期六的上午。当时我大约11岁。早饭后(我头天晚上在奶奶家过的夜),我问奶奶,“今天炖的是什么汤呀?”我已经嗅到了熬汤的香气,那是从煤气灶上有着蓝色斑点的陶瓷汤锅里发出来的。

   “蔬菜牛肉汤,”她答道。“你可以帮着切点儿胡萝卜和芹菜。”奶奶系着围裙,腰板壮实。

   我们就从冰箱里取出蔬菜——一些洋葱、胡萝卜、芹菜、土豆和花菜。她把刀和菜板递给我,我就可以干活了。

  我一边慢慢地给胡萝卜削皮,一边唉声叹气。“我下周非得做一个口头的读书报告,好恐怖!”

 奶奶一听,先是看了我一眼,然后目光回到她手里那把已经切好了的洋葱,把洋葱倒进了汤锅里,说道,“大多数人在人多的场合讲话都会怯场。可是,你要记住,我们唯一不得不害怕的就是害怕本身。对了,具体地说,你怕的是什么?”


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