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给世界上最好的妈妈


来源:高中英语教学交流网 发布时间:2015-05-10 15:00:00 查看次数:

内容提要:浓情五月,感恩母亲。三毛曾写过一篇《守望的天使》文章说,每个人生命中最真最诚的天使是自己的父母,天使终其一生舍尽全力来为自己的孩子挡风遮雨。在犹太人的谚语里,也有一句类似的表述,而且更为精辟,"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers." 母亲节来临之际,别忘了对妈妈说一句,我爱您!


To the World’s Number One Mom 给世界上最好的妈妈
Mother's Day History 
母亲节由来

In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis, a Philadelphia schoolteacher, began a movement to set up a national Mother's Day in honor of her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. She solicited the help of hundreds of legislators and prominent businessmen to create a special day to honor mothers. Anna's hard work finally paid off in the year 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed

the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in honor of mothers.

1907年,一位费城教师,安娜米贾维斯,开始了一项在全国范围内纪念母亲的的节日,安娜米贾维斯荣誉日。她征求了数以百计的立法者和商界翘楚一起来创立一个特殊的日子来纪念母亲。安娜的努力终于在1914年得到了回报,时任总统伍德罗威尔逊宣布将每年 

五月的第二个星期天作为母亲节。 

Carnations for Mothers 献给母亲的康乃馨

The tradition of gifting carnations to mothers on Mother’s Day was initiated by Miss Anna Jarvis and began on the first official Mother’s Day in America on May 10, 1908. Miss Anna Jarvis sent 500 white carnations to the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, in Grafton, West Virginia. The flowers were meant to be distributed amongst the mothers. Others present in the mass were also asked to wear flowers. White carnations were a favorite of Anna’s deceased mother. Anna explained the reason for her selection of the flower. “The white carnation is preferred because I think it typifies some of the virtues of motherhood; ... whiteness stands for purity; its lasting quality, faithfulness; its fragrance, love; its wide field of growth, charity; its form, beauty...”

在母亲节给母亲送康乃馨的传统是安娜·贾维斯小姐开创的,始于1908年5月10日美国第一个正式的母亲节。那天,安娜给西弗吉尼亚格拉夫顿的安德鲁斯循道宗圣公会教堂送去500朵白色康乃馨。她打算将这些花分发给母亲们,后来也请在场做弥撒的其他人戴上了这种花。白色康乃馨是安娜已故的母亲最喜欢的花。安娜这样解释她为何选择这种花:“选择白色康乃馨是因为我认为它象征着母亲的一些美德;……白色象征纯洁;持久象征忠贞;芳香象征爱;广袤的生长区域象征慈悲;花形象征美……”

This gradually led to a custom of gifting carnations to mothers. As a custom red carnations are worn to honor living mothers and white carnations for the deceased mothers.

她的这一做法逐渐使人们形成了在母亲节给母亲送康乃馨的习俗。习惯上,人们佩戴红色康乃馨向健在的母亲表示敬意,佩戴白色康乃馨纪念已故的母亲。

Moms’ Love-wrapped Lies 

母亲们充满爱意的谎言 

1. Nothing’s wrong; I’m fine. 

放心,我一切都好。

It’s the biggest lie. Every time you asked your mom how she was, she would put up a smile and use this line, even when it was after a big fight with your dad or she was caught weeping in her bedroom. She never told you that she was heartbroken.

这可是最大的谎言。每次你问母亲最近好吗,她都会笑着和你说“放心,我挺好的”,即使她刚刚和你的父亲大吵了一架或者闷在房里哭泣,也从不告诉你她的伤心事。

2. You are special. 

你很特别。

Moms say it a lot. And for this reason, we grew up believing that we were truly outstanding and extraordinary–more talented and accomplished than our peers. Sadly, there would always come the day when we figured out that we were actually not.

母亲们经常这么说,正因如此,我们从小就认为自己真的很优秀并且与众不同,比同龄人更有才华,更有成就。不幸的是,终有一天我们会发现自己实际上没那么出众。

3. This is going to hurt me more than it will hurt you.

我比你更难受。

How stupid of a statement is that, really, when you think about it? Sure, seeing you cry over a vaccination shot, being punished or getting dumped can be emotionally gut-wrenching for your mom, but will it hurt her more than it hurts you? Anyway, it’s sweet, isn’t it?

真的,如果你仔细想想,这是不是很傻的想法呀?当你接种疫苗而哭泣时,当你被处罚或被甩时,你的母亲会感到很揪心,可是这对她的伤害难道比对你更大?不管怎样,这听起来很贴心,不是吗?

4. Slow down. You’ve got your whole life to be a grown-up.

慢慢来,你有一生的时间学着长大。

How true is this one? A recent UK survey shows that 88 percent of people quizzed think that their children are growing up too fast.

这话有多真呢?英国近期的一项调查显示88%的被访者认为他们的孩子成长的太快了。

Your mom is just one of those parents who are really scared that their little boys or girls will someday outgrow them.

你的母亲正是其中一员,这些父母们真的很担心自己的孩子会在某一天成长到不再需要他们。 

5. Those accessories do make my outfit look better.

这些配饰确实很搭我的衣服。

When you insisted that her dress would be much improved if she wore the pair of big dangling earrings you gave her as a birthday gift, she never disagreed.

当你坚持对妈妈说,如果她戴上你作为生日礼物送给她的那副大耳环,衣服会更好看时,她绝对不会反对。

But if you were watching her closely, you’d have seen her slipping a couple of things from her jewelry box into her purse before she went out. 

但是,如果你仔细观察,就会发现母亲在出门前偷偷地从首饰盒里拿了一些饰品放进钱包里。 

Find a Gift that Will Fit Your Mom

找一份适合你妈妈的礼物 

1. Skits/Plays

幽默短剧/戏剧

Along with siblings, cousins and friends you can organise a skit or a play on Mother's Day.

母亲节那天你可以和兄弟姐妹、朋友们一起上演一场幽默小短剧。

Surprise her with your hidden talents and she will feel proud to be your mother.

你平日里不常显露的才华会令她喜出望外,作为你的妈妈,她会感到非常骄傲。

2. Interviews 做采访

It is great idea to organise a special interview with your Mom or Grand Mother on Mother's Day. Call it "Coffee with Mom" or any name you like. 为你的妈妈或祖母做一次特殊的采访,这主意很棒。你可以把这次采访称作“和妈妈一起喝咖啡”,或是其它任何你喜欢的名字。

This session will help you know more about your mother, if you dig your Mom about her childhood, her friends, teachers.

在访谈中,你如果能从妈妈口中得知她的童年生活、她的老师和朋友的情况,这将会让你更了解她的。 

3. Tea Parties

茶话会

You can organise tea parties in honor of your mother on a Mother's Day.

母亲节那天你可以“以母之名”举办一场茶话会。

Pick up the best crockery in the house, decorate a tray with a beautiful tray cover and vase of fresh flowers.

挑选最精致的杯盘碗碟,给托盘配上最漂亮的托盘盖子,桌上可以放几瓶鲜花。

Compliment the tea with a delicious cake and her favorite snack,it’ll be enjoyable for her.

让妈妈边喝茶边吃上美味的蛋糕,还有她最爱的小吃,这对她来说会很享受的。

4. Mother’s Personalized Photo Frame

妈妈的个性化相框

When it comes to finding the perfect unique gift, think about giving your mom a personalized photo frame that contains her favorite picture of the two of you. Not only is this a budget friendly gift but this is a gift that any mom will love because it shows that it is something that truly comes from the heart.

在给妈妈寻找完美而又特别的礼物?那去给妈妈定制一个个性化的相框吧,在里面放上她最喜欢的你们合影。这份礼物不仅价格合理,并且每个妈妈都会喜欢的,因为它体现了你来自内心的祝福。

5. Weekend Getaway

周末度假

All moms love to travel or they have that one special place where they have always wanted to visit yet have never had the chance. Mother's Day weekend is an excellent time to surprise them with those cruise tickets they have been on the lookout for, the concert that seemed to be sold out, or even plane tickets to that exotic island they have saved on their computer screen. Surprise them by helping them have one of their dream vacations. If you like you can even accompany them.

妈妈们都喜欢旅游,或者都会有那么一处特别的地方,一直想去,却没有机会去。那母亲节的周末绝对是个给妈妈惊喜的绝佳时机,你可以送给妈妈一直想要的邮轮船票,又或看似售罄的音乐会门票,或者是飞往妈妈电脑里保存过的异国情调岛屿的飞机票。给妈妈们一些惊喜吧,帮她们实现梦中之旅。如果你也想去的话,可以一起去。

6. Personalized Pajamas

个性化的睡衣

Personalized pajamas are a great unique Mother's Day gift as well. You could have them customized to not only have her name on them but they could also read a special message as well. Every time your mom puts them on she will remember that this special gift came from you.

个性化的睡衣也是一份很特别的母亲节礼物。你可以定制睡衣,让你的妈妈不仅能在睡衣上看到她的名字,还能体会到一种特别的关怀。妈妈每次穿这件衣服时,都会想起这是一份来自你的特殊礼物。
Vocabulary:

solicit [sə'lisit] vt. 征求;招揽;请求;乞求

prominent ['prɔminənt] adj. 突出的,显著的;杰出的;卓越的

carnation [kɑ:'neiʃən] n. [园艺] 康乃馨;肉色;粉红色

initiate [i'niʃieit] vt. 开始,创始;发起;使初步了解

accomplished [ə'kʌmpliʃt] adj. 完成的;有技巧的;有修养的;有学问的

vaccination [,væksi'neiʃən] n. 接种疫苗;种痘

outgrow [,aut'ɡrəu] vt. 过大而不适于;出生;长大成熟而不再

in honor of 向…致敬,向…表示敬意;为庆祝…

tray [trei] n. 托盘

photo frame 相框;照相架

on the lookout for 寻找;注意;警戒

pajamas [pə'dʒɑ:məz] n. 睡衣;宽长裤

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