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英语美文:夹玩具恐龙的男人

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I was on my way out of the driveway when my son came running to the car. His face was radiant with joy when he said: “I have something for you, Dad.”
  
  “You do?” I asked, slightly annoyed by the delay. He opened his hands and showed me the best a five-year-old boy could imagine. “I found it myself.” In his small hands was a marble, an old racecar, a broken 1)elastic, and various other items I have since forgotten. “Here, Dad, these are for you.”
  
  He was 2)bursting with pride.
  
  “I don’t have time right now, my boy. I am going to the mall to get a few things for Mum. Can’t you put them in the garage for me?”
  
  His smile faded, and at the very instant I put the car back 3)in gear, I felt my conscience 4)nagging me. When I came back home, I asked my son: “Where are those toys you had for me?”
  
  “I thought you didn’t want them, so I gave them to Adam.” His playmate Adam lives on our street, and I could easily imagine that the little guy had received the treasures with much more enthusiasm than I had showed my son. My son’s action hurt me, but I deserved it—not just because it showed me how thoughtlessly I had treated him, but also because it made me remember another little boy.
  
  It was the boy’s big sister’s birthday, and he had been given some money so he could buy her a present. He browsed through the toyshop for a long time—the present had to be something special. Finally, he found it: A chewing gum machine filled with brightly coloured 5)bubble gum. He was very anxious to show it to her as soon as he came home, but he firmly withstood the temptation.
  
  Later, when all the big sister’s friends had arrived, she began opening the presents. She cried with joy for every present she opened—and with every cry the boy became more and more shy. The eight-year-old girls had spent much more money on the presents than he could afford. Suddenly his present seemed small and insignificant. But he still waited anxiously to see her joy when she opened his present.
  
  At last she opened his present, and he saw how disappointed she was, indeed embarrassed. In order not to lose face among her friends she could not thank him too 6)exuberantly for the present. She gave her friends a know-all smile. “Thanks,” she said to him. “It’s just what I wanted.” The rest of the girls desperately tried not to giggle.
  
  The boy was hurt and confused. His otherwise beautiful present now looked like the cheap plastic thing it actually was. He went out in the garden and started to cry.

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