Such is Love, Plain like Water 如水一般的爱
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  Such is Love, Plain like Water 如水一般的爱
  ◎ Jason
  Every once in a while I will dial the familiar number.
  It is usually he that picks up the phone. She will come up to him asking who the caller is. Knowingit’s me, she will grab the phone, say a few greeting words, and then start talking bad of him,complaints flooding out, all about chores and minor1 superficial details.
  As always, he argues, and through the long-distance call I hear them quarreling seriously.
  Quarreling seems to be bound with their life. He seems like a capricious boy, and she a little girlwho cannot bear with even a small grievance2. It is common that they fight each other half a dayover minor issues. Over and over again, they will quarrel—they are born to disagree with eachother.
  Bored sometimes, I pretend to be very unhappy and yell, “Couldn’t you stop arguing and let myears have a quiet moment?”
  She pauses two seconds, and mumbles3, “He always bullies4 me.” I almost see her, pitiful as she is.
  Then I turn soft, and try to find faults in him.
  “Why did you bully5 her?”
  He listens to me, irritated, “Who bullies her? It is she that bullies me!”
  Just as the saying goes, a righteousjudge is never able to decide who is right and who is wrong inan argument between a couple. I tried to intervene, only to get them into more serious debate.
  Like an actor and an actress, they are indulged in acting6. With me watching, they end up in moreheated disagreements. So I don’t want to bother any more. I just stand by when they quarrel.
  In the end, she will find her eyes red, and wipe tears off her cheeks. He gets upset and attempts tosoothe her.?He looks funny—staring at her like a mad frog with two eyes open wide, he yells withdetermination,
  “From now on I will wash all the dishes.” He seems to be swearing. And she weeps and smilingflowers bloom on her face.
  One day he got bit by a snake while working in the farmland, one leg swelling7 furiously. He wasthen rushed to hospital where he went through a series of torment—he got injected to let thecontaminated blood out.
  Seeing the blood, she was scared to big tears, crying loud.
  “Stop it. That’s enough. You are getting on my nerves. I am not gonna die.” He shouted, frowning.
  She got mad at the word “die” that he had mentioned.
  “Why did you say that?” She immediately quarreled hard with him, not to stop for a long while.
  Doctors were watching on, amused.
  “Isn’t quarreling more effective than pain-killing pills?” The doctors teased.
  They looked at each other, embarrassed and laughing. That finally stopped their quarreling.
  In order to save hospital expenses, he insisted on going home despite her mad disagreements.
  Lying in bed, he was having an intravenous drip for a continuous period of 12 days. She was busydealing with housework and everything else out of home. She was weak and thin, and too muchwork had made her even more skinny.
  Witnessing her change, he hurt in the heart. One night he wanted to drink water. He did not wakeher up, pulled himself out of the bed, and fell over because his legs were too weak.
  His fall actually woke her up. She rushed to support him to stand up. She scolded him for nothaving waken her up. He said that he could manage. A serious quarrel was about to burst outagain.
  I called them from Zhuhai, the beautiful city of relaxation8 and exciting views. I wanted to depict9 tothem how pretty a city Zhuhai is. He was surprised that I had travelled such a great distance, towhere he and she had never been all their life. He then believed that I had accomplished10 a bigsuccess, and that I had significantly broadened my horizons. He went on talk in honor of me, voicetrembling with pride; she was beside him, excited all the same. They did not mention anythingabout the family change and their suffering.
  I had not heard about his being bit by a snake until she told me her grievance.
  “He treated me bad again. He could not get out of bed by himself, but he wanted to be strong, andso he fell. I was trying to pull him up on his feet, and I just told a few words of complaints whenhe got out of bed, yelling that I was clumsy.”
  “No, no, no, she was not telling the truth.”
  He was eager to tell me that she was really silly, that she did not know how to change theintravenous drip bottle. Then they started it over again quarreling. And this time I was listening tothem in good patience, holding the telephone receiver.
  Water was roaring in the sea out the window, waves climbing up and falling down, just like what Iwas feeling at the bottom of my heart.
  He suddenly realized that they should stop. He said that it was a long- distance call. Sheimmediately stopped arguing.
  “Why didn’t you remind me earlier? How much money have we wasted her?”
  She hangs up before I had a chance to talk. I know they would have a good fight again.
  They are my father and mother. He is 66, and she is 64.


1 minor e7fzR     
  • The young actor was given a minor part in the new play.年轻的男演员在这出新戏里被分派担任一个小角色。
  • I gave him a minor share of my wealth.我把小部分财产给了他。
2 grievance J6ayX     
  • He will not easily forget his grievance.他不会轻易忘掉他的委屈。
  • He had been nursing a grievance against his boss for months.几个月来他对老板一直心怀不满。
3 mumbles e75cb6863fa93d697be65451f9b103f0     
含糊的话或声音,咕哝( mumble的名词复数 )
  • He always mumbles when he's embarrassed. 他感到难为情时说话就含糊不清了。
  • When the old lady speaks she often mumbles her words. 这位老妇人说起话来常常含糊不清。
4 bullies bullies     
n.欺凌弱小者, 开球 vt.恐吓, 威胁, 欺负
  • Standing up to bullies takes plenty of backbone. 勇敢地对付暴徒需有大无畏精神。
  • Bullies can make your life hell. 恃强欺弱者能让你的日子像活地狱。
5 bully bully     
  • A bully is always a coward.暴汉常是懦夫。
  • The boy gave the bully a pelt on the back with a pebble.那男孩用石子掷击小流氓的背脊。
6 acting czRzoc     
  • Ignore her,she's just acting.别理她,她只是假装的。
  • During the seventies,her acting career was in eclipse.在七十年代,她的表演生涯黯然失色。
7 swelling OUzzd     
  • Use ice to reduce the swelling. 用冰敷消肿。
  • There is a marked swelling of the lymph nodes. 淋巴结处有明显的肿块。
8 relaxation MVmxj     
  • The minister has consistently opposed any relaxation in the law.部长一向反对法律上的任何放宽。
  • She listens to classical music for relaxation.她听古典音乐放松。
9 depict Wmdz5     
  • I don't care to see plays or films that depict murders or violence.我不喜欢看描写谋杀或暴力的戏剧或电影。
  • Children's books often depict farmyard animals as gentle,lovable creatures.儿童图书常常把农场的动物描写得温和而可爱。
10 accomplished UzwztZ     
  • Thanks to your help,we accomplished the task ahead of schedule.亏得你们帮忙,我们才提前完成了任务。
  • Removal of excess heat is accomplished by means of a radiator.通过散热器完成多余热量的排出。
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