The Ring
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                  When the one-year anniversary of my mother's passing came around, I found myself in the kitchen preparing some of her favorite dishes. I hadn't planned this, but there I was one hot August afternoon, making her famous soup from the turkey I had roasted the day before.

                  As I poured myself into cooking, some of the deep sadness I was experiencing at this one-year mark moved through me. I loved my mom's turkey soup, how she cooked the egg noodles right in the broth1, and how they soaked it up and tasted almost like dumplings. I remembered the time she made some especially for me. It was summer then, too, and I had a terrible head cold. She arrived unexpectedly one afternoon at my work place with a huge jar of her turkey noodle soup. I thought about the bread she used to bake and about how much butter she would slather on it, and how we loved to dip it into the broth. I began to feel a little more buoyant amidst the pain of losing her.

                  While the noodles boiled in the broth in my kitchen, I realized that I was reconnecting with my mother through food. I laughed a bit at myself when I reflected on all the dishes I had cooked that week. Without knowing it, I had created a beautiful ritual to honor my mother and to comfort myself at this vulnerable time. I suddenly felt my mother at hand and was filled with her presence. I was so uplifted and excited that I began talking to her, imagining she were there.

                  "What else should we make?" I asked of us both, wanting to keep the ritual from ending.

                  "Irish Potato Pancakes," was the reply.

                  I hesitated. The thought of these brought up another loss. The last time I made potato pancakes was two and a half years ago. I had taken off my engagement ring to make the dough2, and never found it again. Since then, I resisted using that recipe even though I really liked those pancakes. It's sort of silly, but whenever I considered making them, I felt resentful of their participation3 in my loss, as if they were partly to blame.
                  My mom should know better than to suggest these, I thought. (I don't even remember her ever making them.) She knew how upset I was about losing my ring. I had always called her whenever I lost something, even when I was away at college, even from across the country, even when I traveled abroad. She had a knack4 for helping5 me find my way to lost things, except for this time.

                  But despite these hesitations6, I found myself caught up in the joy and celebration of the moment, and I reached for the cookbook without another thought of the ring. My mom did love Irish things, and these were delicious. I opened the large coffee-table cookbook and turned to the pancake recipe. At once, something at the bottom of the page caught my eye... It sparkled! I gasped7 in utter amazement8! There, pressed into the pages of this book, was my diamond ring!

                  Chills ran up and down my body as my mind raced to ponder how this was at all possible. Hadn't I used the book for other recipes in the course of almost three years? Wouldn't the ring have slipped out during the packing and unpacking9 of two household moves? Hadn't I checked the book for the ring when I had lost it?

                  My mind was subdued10 as my heart overflowed11 with the magic of gratitude12 and wonder. I slipped my ring onto my trembling hand, and a smile filled my soul as I whispered, "Thanks Mom."

                  That day, I made potato pancakes in the shape of hearts.



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                  1 broth acsyx     
                  n.原(汁)湯(魚湯、肉湯、菜湯等)
                  參考例句:
                  • Every cook praises his own broth.廚子總是稱贊自己做的湯。
                  • Just a bit of a mouse's dropping will spoil a whole saucepan of broth.一粒老鼠屎敗壞一鍋湯。
                  2 dough hkbzg     
                  n.生面團;錢,現款
                  參考例句:
                  • She formed the dough into squares.她把生面團捏成四方塊。
                  • The baker is kneading dough.那位面包師在揉面。
                  3 participation KS9zu     
                  n.參與,參加,分享
                  參考例句:
                  • Some of the magic tricks called for audience participation.有些魔術要求有觀眾的參與。
                  • The scheme aims to encourage increased participation in sporting activities.這個方案旨在鼓勵大眾更多地參與體育活動。
                  4 knack Jx9y4     
                  n.訣竅,做事情的靈巧的,便利的方法
                  參考例句:
                  • He has a knack of teaching arithmetic.他教算術有訣竅。
                  • Making omelettes isn't difficult,but there's a knack to it.做煎蛋餅并不難,但有竅門。
                  5 helping 2rGzDc     
                  n.食物的一份&adj.幫助人的,輔助的
                  參考例句:
                  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可憐的孩子們總是要求我把我的漢堡包再給他們一份。
                  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 這樣一來, 他在某些時候,有助于競爭的加強。
                  6 hesitations 7f4a0066e665f6f1d62fe3393d7f5182     
                  n.猶豫( hesitation的名詞復數 );躊躇;猶豫(之事或行為);口吃
                  參考例句:
                  • His doubts and hesitations were tiresome. 他的疑惑和猶豫令人厭煩。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
                  • The cool manipulators in Hanoi had exploited America's hesitations and self-doubt. 善于冷靜地操縱這類事的河內統治者大大地鉆了美國當局優柔寡斷的空子。 來自辭典例句
                  7 gasped e6af294d8a7477229d6749fa9e8f5b80     
                  v.喘氣( gasp的過去式和過去分詞 );喘息;倒抽氣;很想要
                  參考例句:
                  • She gasped at the wonderful view. 如此美景使她驚訝得屏住了呼吸。
                  • People gasped with admiration at the superb skill of the gymnasts. 體操運動員的高超技藝令人贊嘆。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
                  8 amazement 7zlzBK     
                  n.驚奇,驚訝
                  參考例句:
                  • All those around him looked at him with amazement.周圍的人都對他投射出驚異的眼光。
                  • He looked at me in blank amazement.他帶著迷茫驚詫的神情望著我。
                  9 unpacking 4cd1f3e1b7db9c6a932889b5839cdd25     
                  n.取出貨物,拆包[箱]v.從(包裹等)中取出(所裝的東西),打開行李取出( unpack的現在分詞 );拆包;解除…的負擔;吐露(心事等)
                  參考例句:
                  • Joe sat on the bed while Martin was unpacking. 馬丁打開箱子取東西的時候,喬坐在床上。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
                  • They are unpacking a trunk. 他們正在打開衣箱。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
                  10 subdued 76419335ce506a486af8913f13b8981d     
                  adj. 屈服的,柔和的,減弱的 動詞subdue的過去式和過去分詞
                  參考例句:
                  • He seemed a bit subdued to me. 我覺得他當時有點悶悶不樂。
                  • I felt strangely subdued when it was all over. 一切都結束的時候,我卻有一種奇怪的壓抑感。
                  11 overflowed 4cc5ae8d4154672c8a8539b5a1f1842f     
                  溢出的
                  參考例句:
                  • Plates overflowed with party food. 聚會上的食物碟滿盤盈。
                  • A great throng packed out the theater and overflowed into the corridors. 一大群人坐滿劇院并且還有人涌到了走廊上。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
                  12 gratitude p6wyS     
                  adj.感激,感謝
                  參考例句:
                  • I have expressed the depth of my gratitude to him.我向他表示了深切的謝意。
                  • She could not help her tears of gratitude rolling down her face.她感激的淚珠禁不住沿著面頰流了下來。
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