20140725【英译中】上帝的礼物(下)(620字)

汪德均 (老顽童) 译坛新宠
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发表于:2014-07-25 10:14 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

 Every Day Is a Gift(2)

  上帝的礼物(下)

 

I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china and crystal for every special. Event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, the first camellia blossom… I wear my good blazer to the market if I feel like it. My theory is if I look prosperous, I can shell out $28. 49 for one small bag of groceries without wincing. I'm not saving my good perfume for special parties; clerks in hardware stores and tellers in banks have noses that function as well as my party going friends.

我现在不会再留着任何好东西等着特殊的日子才用了:体重减轻了一磅,堵塞的洗碗池疏通了,第一朵茶花开了······诸如此类,都是特殊的日子,我都要拿出高档的瓷器和水晶饰品来庆贺一番。即使是去逛市场,如果心血来潮,我也会穿上那件色彩鲜艳的高级运动夹克衫。我的理念是,要是我觉得还能挣钱,即使是一小袋零食要28.49美元,我也会毫不犹豫地掏钱买下!我也不会把高级香水留到要参加特别的聚会时才用,因为银行与五金店员工的鼻子与我那些聚会上的朋友们的鼻子一样地敏感。

"Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on my vocabulary. If  it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now. I' m not sure what my sister would've done had she known that she wouldn't be here for the tomorrow we all take for granted.

I think she would have called family members and a few close friends. She might have called a few former friends to apologize, and mend fences for past squabbles. I like to think she would have gone out for a Chinese dinner, her favorite food. I'm guessing. I'll never know.

“特殊的日子”与“不顺的日子”正逐渐淡出我的话语。如果有值得看的、听的、做的,我现在就要去看、去、去做。要是我姐姐事先知道她已经没有了明天(而我们都认为有明天是理所当然的),她会怎么办呢?我说不准。我想,她会打电话给亲人和几个密友,还会打电话向以前的朋友为过去的争吵道歉,捐弃前嫌;她会外出吃一顿她最喜爱的中餐。我就是这样猜想的——谁知道呢?

It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew that my hours were limited. Angry because I put off seeing good friends whom I was going to get in touch with someday. Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I intended to write one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my husband and daughter often enough how much I truly love them.

I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives. And every morning when I open my eyes, I tell myself that it is special.Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God.

 假如我知道我来日不多,却还有一些我想做的哪怕是小事都还没做的话,我都会极为不开心:打算去看望一些好朋友却一再延期;不太顺的日子里,想写几封信倾诉一下,却没有写;不仅如此,还会内疚:没能经常告诉老公和女儿,我是多么地爱他们!

总之,只要能给我们的人生增加欢声笑语,增添光彩,我就会尽力不拖延、不犹豫,不会留着什么东西将来才用。

 每天早上,我一睁开双眼就告诉自己:今天就是个特殊的日子!

是的,每一天,每一分钟,每一个还能呼吸的瞬间,的的确确,都是上帝赐予的特殊的礼物!

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