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  My father was a self-taught mandolin player. He was one of the best string instrument players in our town. He could not read music, but if he heard a tune a few times, he could play it. When he was younger, he was a member of a small country music band. They would play at local dances and on a few occasions would play for the local radio station. He often told us how he had auditioned and earned a position in a band that featured Patsy Cline as their lead singer. He told the family that after he was hired he never went back. Dad was a very religious man. He stated that there was a lot of drinking and cursing the day of his audition and he did not want to be around that type of environment.

  Occasionally, Dad would get out his mandolin and play for the family. We three children: Trisha, Monte and I, George Jr., would often sing along. Songs such as the Tennessee Waltz, Harbor Lights and around Christmas time, the well-known rendition of Silver Bells. "Silver Bells, Silver Bells, its Christmas time in the city" would ring throughout the house. One of Dad's favorite hymns was "The Old Rugged Cross". We learned the words to the hymn when we were very young, and would sing it with Dad when he would play and sing. Another song that was often shared in our house was a song that accompanied the Walt Disney series: Davey Crockett. Dad only had to hear the song twice before he learned it well enough to play it. "Davey, Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" was a favorite song for the family. He knew we enjoyed the song and the program and would often get out the mandolin after the program was over. I could never get over how he could play the songs so well after only hearing them a few times. I loved to sing, but I never learned how to play the mandolin. This is something I regret to this day.

  Dad loved to play the mandolin for his family he knew we enjoyed singing, and hearing him play. He was like that. If he could give pleasure to others, he would, especially his family. He was always there, sacrificing his time and efforts to see that his family had enough in their life. I had to mature into a man and have children of my own before I realized how much he had sacrificed.

  I joined the United States Air Force in January of 1962. Whenever I would come home on leave, I would ask Dad to play the mandolin. Nobody played the mandolin like my father. He could touch your soul with the tones that came out of that old mandolin. He seemed to shine when he was playing. You could see his pride in his ability to play so well for his family.

  When Dad was younger, he worked for his father on the farm. His father was a farmer and sharecropped a farm for the man who owned the property. In 1950, our family moved from the farm. Dad had gained employment at the local limestone quarry. When the quarry closed in August of 1957, he had to seek other employment. He worked for Owens Yacht Company in Dundalk, Maryland and for Todd Steel in Point of Rocks, Maryland. While working at Todd Steel, he was involved in an accident. His job was to roll angle iron onto a conveyor so that the welders farther up the production line would have it to complete their job. On this particular day Dad got the third index finger of his left hand mashed between two pieces of steel. The doctor who operated on the finger could not save it, and Dad ended up having the tip of the finger amputated. He didn't lose enough of the finger where it would stop him picking up anything, but it did impact his ability to play the mandolin.

  After the accident, Dad was reluctant to play the mandolin. He felt that he could not play as well as he had before the accident. When I came home on leave and asked him to play he would make excuses for why he couldn't play. Eventually, we would wear him down and he would say "Okay, but remember, I can't hold down on the strings the way I used to" or "Since the accident to this finger I can't play as good". For the family it didn't make any difference that Dad couldn't play as well. We were just glad that he would play. When he played the old mandolin it would carry us back to a cheerful, happier time in our lives. "Davey, Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier", would again be heard in the little town of Bakerton, West Virginia.

  In August of 1993 my father was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He chose not to receive chemotherapy treatments so that he could live out the rest of his life in dignity. About a week before his death, we asked Dad if he would play the mandolin for us. He made excuses but said "okay". He knew it would probably be the last time he would play for us. He tuned up the old mandolin and played a few notes. When I looked around, there was not a dry eye in the family. We saw before us a quiet humble man with an inner strength that comes from knowing God, and living with him in one's life. Dad would never play the mandolin for us again. We felt at the time that he wouldn't have enough strength to play, and that makes the memory of that day even stronger. Dad was doing something he had done all his life, giving. As sick as he was, he was still pleasing others. Dad sure could play that Mandolin!

  我(wo)父親是(shi)個自學成才的曼陀林琴手,他是(shi)我(wo)們鎮(zhen)最優秀的弦樂演奏者之一。他看(kan)不(bu)懂樂譜,但是(shi)如(ru)果听(ting)幾fu)吻zi),他就能演奏出來。當他年(nian)輕一點(dian)的時候,他是(shi)一個小鄉(xiang)村(cun)樂隊的成員。他們在當地舞廳演奏,有幾fu)位刮wei)當地廣播電(dian)台演奏。他經(jing)常(chang)告訴我(wo)們,自己如(ru)何試(shi)演,如(ru)何在佩茜?克萊恩(en)作為(wei)主唱(chang)的樂隊里佔(zhan)一席之位。他告訴家人,一旦(dan)被聘(pin)用(yong)就永不(bu)回頭。父親是(shi)一個很(hen)嚴謹的人,他講述了他試(shi)演的那天,很(hen)多人在喝酒,咒罵,他不(bu)想(xiang)呆在那種環境里。

  有時候,父親會拿出曼陀林,為(wei)家人彈奏。我(wo)們三(san)個小孩(hai)︰翠(cui)莎、蒙蒂和我(wo),還有喬治通常(chang)會伴唱(chang)。唱(chang)的有xiao)骸短錟晌骰 er)茲》和《海港之光》,到了聖(sheng)誕節,就唱(chang)膾炙(zhi)人口的《銀鈴》︰"銀鈴,銀鈴,城里來了聖(sheng)誕節。"歌聲充滿了整個房子(zi)。父親最愛的其中(zhong)一首贊歌是(shi)《古老(lao)的十字架》。我(wo)們很(hen)小的時候就學會歌詞了,而(er)且在父親彈唱(chang)的時候,我(wo)們也跟著(zhou)唱(chang)。我(wo)們經(jing)常(chang)一起唱(chang)的另外(wai)一首歌來自沃特(te)?迪斯尼(ni)的系列(lie)片(pian)︰《戴維?克羅克特(te)》。父親只要(yao)听(ting)了兩(liang)遍就彈起來了,"戴維,戴維?克羅克特(te),荒野(ye)邊疆的國王(wang)。"那是(shi)我(wo)們家最喜bu)/A>的歌曲。他知道我(wo)們喜bu)賭鞘贅韜湍歉黿諛浚 悅看(kan)謂諛拷 螅 湍貿雎恿值 唷Nwo)永遠不(bu)能明白(bai)他如(ru)何能听(ting)完(wan)幾遍後就能把一首曲子(zi)彈得(de)那麼好(hao)。我(wo)熱(re)愛唱(chang)歌,但我(wo)沒有學會如(ru)何彈奏曼陀林,這是(shi)我(wo)遺憾至liang)竦氖shi)情。

  父親喜bu)段wei)家人彈奏曼陀林,他知道我(wo)們喜bu)凍chang)歌,喜bu)短ting)他彈奏。他就是(shi)那樣,如(ru)果他能把快樂奉獻給別人,他從ying)bu)吝嗇,尤其是(shi)對他的家人。他總是(shi)那樣,犧(xi)牲自己的時間和精(jing)力(li)讓家人生活得(de)滿足。父親的這種付出是(shi)只有當我(wo)長大成人,而(er)且是(shi)有了自己的孩(hai)子(zi)後才能體會到的。

  我(wo)在1962年(nian)1月加入了美(mei)國空軍基地。每當我(wo)休(xiu)假回家,我(wo)都(du)請求父親彈奏曼陀林。沒有人彈奏曼陀林能達到像我(wo)父親那樣的境界,他在那古老(lao)的曼陀林上(shang)撫出的旋(xuan)律能夠觸及(ji)你的靈(ling)魂。他彈奏的時候,身上(shang)似乎能發出四(si)射的光芒。你可(ke)以看(kan)出,父親為(wei)能給家人彈奏出如(ru)此(ci)美(mei)妙的旋(xuan)律,他是(shi)多麼的自豪(hao)。

  父親年(nian)輕的時候,曾(zeng)在農(nong)場為(wei)爺爺工(gong)作。爺爺是(shi)農(nong)場使(shi)用(yong)者,要(yao)向農(nong)場所有人交納谷物(wu)抵租。1950年(nian),我(wo)們全家ye)嶗肱nong)場,父親在當地石灰石采石場謀得(de)職位。采石場在1957年(nian)倒(dao)閉,他只好(hao)另覓工(gong)作。他曾(zeng)在馬里蘭州登多克的歐文斯游艇(ting)公司上(shang)班,還在馬里蘭州的洛斯的托德(de)鋼鐵公司上(shang)過班。在托德(de)鋼鐵公司上(shang)班期間,他遇到了意外(wai)。他的工(gong)作是(shi)把有稜角的鐵滾到搬運台上(shang),這樣焊接工(gong)才能作進一步加工(gong)來完(wan)成整個工(gong)序。在那個特(te)殊的日子(zi)里,父親的

  左手第三(san)個手指被纏在兩(liang)片(pian)鋼鐵中(zhong)。醫生對手指施手術,但未能保住那只手指,最後父親只好(hao)讓醫生把那手指的指尖給切除了。那個手指並沒有完(wan)全喪失拿東西的能力(li),但是(shi)卻影(ying)響(xiang)了他彈奏曼陀林的能力(li)。

  事(shi)故後,父親不(bu)太願(yuan)意彈奏曼陀林了,他覺(jue)得(de)再(zai)也不(bu)能像以前彈得(de)那麼好(hao)了。我(wo)休(xiu)假回家請求他彈奏曼陀林,他以種種借口解釋不(bu)能彈奏的原因(yin)。最後,我(wo)們軟(ruan)硬(ying)兼施逼他就範,他終于(yu)說︰"好(hao)吧(ba),但是(shi)記住,我(wo)撥(bo)弦再(zai)也不(bu)能像過去一樣了。"或者會說︰"這個手指出意外(wai)後,我(wo)再(zai)也不(bu)能彈得(de)像過去那樣好(hao)了。"對于(yu)家人來ci)擔 蓋椎 de)好(hao)不(bu)好(hao)並沒有分別,我(wo)們很(hen)高(gao)興他終于(yu)彈奏了。當他彈起那把陳舊的曼陀林,就會把我(wo)們帶回昔(xi)日那些無憂無慮的幸福時光。"戴維,戴維?克羅克特(te),荒野(ye)邊疆的國王(wang)"就會再(zai)次響(xiang)徹西弗吉尼(ni)亞州的貝克頓小鎮(zhen)。

  1993年(nian)8月,父親診斷得(de)了不(bu)宜動手術的肺癌(ai)。他不(bu)想(xiang)接受化(hua)療,因(yin)為(wei)他想(xiang)體面地過完(wan)他生命(ming)最後的時光。大約在父親去世的一周前,我(wo)們請求他能否(fu)為(wei)我(wo)們彈奏曼陀林,他說了很(hen)多借口,最後還是(shi)答應了。他知道這可(ke)能是(shi)他最後一次為(wei)我(wo)們彈奏了,他為(wei)老(lao)曼陀林調弦,彈了幾個音。我(wo)環顧四(si)周,家人個個都(du)淚水滿眶。我(wo)們看(kan)見在我(wo)們面前是(shi)一個安(an)靜的、謙虛的人,以生命(ming)最後的力(li)量,用(yong)愛的力(li)量支撐(cheng)著(zhou)。父親再(zai)也沒有足夠的力(li)量彈奏,這使(shi)我(wo)們對那天的記憶(yi)更加強烈。父親做著(zhou)他一生都(du)在做的事(shi)情︰奉獻。即使(shi)生命(ming)已走到了盡頭,他卻仍盡力(li)為(wei)他人創造歡樂。沒錯,父親一定還能彈奏曼陀林的。


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