整个世界因你而不同
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Every Sunday morning I take a light jog around a park near my home. There's a lake located in one corner of the park. Each time I jog by this lake, I see the same elderly woman sitting at the water's edge with a small metal cage sitting beside her.
 
This past Sunday my curiosity got the best of me, so I stopped jogging and walked over to her.
 
As I got closer, I realized that the metal cage was in fact a small trap.
 
There were three turtles, unharmed, slowly walking around the base of the trap.
 
[ls]She had a fourth turtle in her lap that she was carefully scrubbing with a spongy brush.[/ls]
 
"Hello," I said. "If you don't mind my nosiness1, I'd love to know what you're doing with these turtles."
 
She smiled. "I'm cleaning off their shells," she replied.
 
"Anything on a turtle's shell, like algae2 or scum, reduces the turtle's ability to absorb heat and impedes3 its ability to swim. It can also corrode4 and weaken the shell over time."
 
She went on: "I spend a couple of hours each Sunday morning, relaxing by this lake and helping5 these little guys out. It's my own strange way of making a difference.
 
"But don't most freshwater turtles live their whole lives with algae and scum hanging from their shells?" I asked.
 
"Yep, sadly, they do," she replied.
 
"Well then, don't you think your time could be better spent? And 99% of these turtles don't have kind people like you to help them clean off their shells. So, no offense… but how exactly are your localized efforts here truly making a difference?"
 
The woman giggled6 aloud.
 
She then looked down at the turtle in her lap, scrubbed off the last piece of algae from its shell, and said, "Sweetie, if this little guy could talk, he'd tell you I just made all the difference in the world."


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1 nosiness f385c6dc5f9431d818feab03e125a173     
好打听,爱管闲事
参考例句:
  • I am sure I will see a lot of nosiness crawling in your stomach! 那么我一定会看到很多“八卦”在你的肚子里爬来爬去!
  • I do not want to be mean to anybody, but his nosiness is really exasperating. 我并不想对任何人耍脾气,但他这么好打听真叫人恼火。
2 algae tK6yW     
n.水藻,海藻
参考例句:
  • Most algae live in water.多数藻类生长在水中。
  • Algae grow and spread quickly in the lake.湖中水藻滋蔓。
3 impedes c8c92d3198ba71918f3f4f2d50bb7bab     
阻碍,妨碍,阻止( impede的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  • High packing density greatly impedes the cooling of the array. 高存贮密度很不利于阵列的散热。
  • The inflexibility of the country's labor market seriously impedes its economic recovery. 该国劳工市场缺乏灵活性,这严重阻碍了它的经济恢复。
4 corrode Uolze     
v.使腐蚀,侵蚀,破害;v.腐蚀,被侵蚀
参考例句:
  • The tools will corrode with rust if never used.这些工具如长期不用会长铁锈而损坏。
  • It will pollute people's aesthetic taste and corrode social spirit.它污染人们的审美趣味,腐蚀社会精神。
5 helping 2rGzDc     
n.食物的一份&adj.帮助人的,辅助的
参考例句:
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
6 giggled 72ecd6e6dbf913b285d28ec3ba1edb12     
v.咯咯地笑( giggle的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • The girls giggled at the joke. 女孩子们让这笑话逗得咯咯笑。
  • The children giggled hysterically. 孩子们歇斯底里地傻笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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