Having lived in the house for so long, we found our kitchen looked old. We decided it was time to 1 the kitchen, and my husband and I were discussing 2 colors. The children, sitting nearby, suddenly all spoke together: “Not the measuring stick.”
“No,” I 3 them. “Not the measuring stick.”
The measuring stick isn’t a (an) 4 stick but the kitchen side of the door between our kitchen and dining room. Along the edge we’ve 5 each child’s growth by making a mark showing his or her 6 on every birthday. Over the years so many colored pens, pencils and markers have been used, that now, this white door is somewhat like an abstract painting.
Names and dates show different 7 , and I can tell by the script(手迹) who measured whom. An eight-year-old measured her three-year-old sister, a grandchild measured her grandmother, my husband measured me. At the parties, when this door 8 back and forth frequently, friends stop to 9 the names and dates. When we ask if they would like to be always remembered, they usually smile 10 and go back right up into place, 11 to be measured.
Many of those listed on the door are still 12 ; some have stopped. Some remain with us only in 13 . When my mother came to see my eldest daughter graduate from university, we measured her too. It was her last visit to our home.
We haven’t 14 the new kitchen color plan yet, but one thing is certain: whatever color we choose, the back of the kitchen door will always remain 15 , with lots of names and dates in various colors.
1． A. restore B. rebuild C. sell D. repaint
2． A. comfortable B. possible C. available D. changeable
3． A. promised B. repeated C. followed D. responded
4． A. false B. wonderful C. actual D. obvious
5． A. kept B. witnessed C. recorded D. accompanied
6． A. age B. weight C. name D. height
7． A. information B. handwriting C. style D. characteristic
8． A. adjusts B. shuts C. opens D. swings
9． A. copy B. read C. appreciate D. remove
10．A. proudly B. automatically C. shyly D. calmly
11．A. ready B. voluntary C. able D. unwilling
12．A. growing B. contributing C. studying D. working
13．A. sight B. design C. amazement D. memory
14．A. concerned about B. approved of C. decided on D. relied on
15．A. fresh B. old C. white D. original
My friend Vernon Davies kept birds. One day he phoned and told me he was going away for a week. He asked me to feed 16 birds for him and said that he would leave the key 17
his front door in my mailbox.
18 (fortunate), I forgot all about the birds until the night before Vernon was going to return. What was worse, 19 was already dark when I arrived at his house. I soon found that the key Vernon gave me could not unlock either the front door 20 the back door. I was getting desperate. I kept thinking of 21 Vernon would say when he came back.
I was just going to give up 22 I noticed that one bedroom window was slightly open. I found a barrel and pushed in under the window. As the barrel was very heavy, I made a lot of noise. But in the end, I managed to climb 23 and open the window.
I actually had one leg inside the bedroom when I suddenly realized that someone 24
(shine) a torch up at me. I looked down and saw a policeman and an old lady, one of Vernon’s neighbours. “What are you doing up there?” said the policeman. 25 (feel) like a complete fool, I replied, “I was just going to feed Mr Davies’ birds.”