My Irreplaceable Treasure 2
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The next morning, after breakfast, I did a geography lesson and then Mother said I could go downstairs and play in the boat. I rowed once around the down-stairs, avoiding the mess of timbers1 in the hall where the terrible accident had occurred. The books had begun to sink. I stared down into the dark water and could see nothing. It was right then that I got the idea.

I made a hook2 from a wire coathanger(衣架) and carefully fastened it to a weighted line. Then I let it sink and began to drag it slowly back and forth3. I spent the next hour or so moving the boat and dragging my line--hoping to find pieces of my mother's lost treasure. But time after time the line came up empty.

As the water rose day after day, I continued trying to recover some remnant4(剩余) of my mother's broken china. Soon, however, the water inside had risen to the stairway landing. On the day water covered the gutters5 outside, my father decided6 we would have to seek shelter in the tents on the hill. A powerboat was to pick us up that afternoon. We would leave by the porch7 roof.

I spent the morning hurriedly securing things in my room. Then I got into my rowboat for the last time. I dragged my line through the water. Nothing. After some time I heard my parents calling, so I headed back toward the stairway. Just as I made the last turn, I snagged something.

Holding my breath, I slowly raised my catch to the surface. As the dark water drained from it, I could make out the bright roses and gold leaf design. It seemed dazzling8 to me. I had found the gravy9 boat from my mother's china service. My line had caught on a small chip in the lip.

My father called down to me again. "This is serious business," he said. "Let's go." So I stowed the treasure in my jacket and rowed(划船) as fast as I could to the stair landing.

The powerboat picked us up and headed to higher ground. It began to rain, and for the first time I was really afraid. The water might rise forever, might cover the whole valley, the trees, even the hills.

By the time we were settled in a Red Cross tent, we were worn out. Father had gone off to care for sick people, and Mother sat on my cot with her arm around my shoulder. She smiled at me, if you can call it that. Then I reached under my pillow and took out the gravy boat.

She looked at it, then at me. Then she took it in her hands and held it for a long time. She was very quiet, just sitting, gazing at the gravy boat. She seemed both close to me and also very far away, as though she was remembering. I don't know what she was thinking, but she pulled me into her arms and held me tight.

We lived in the tent for weeks, cold and often hungry. As the flood crested10, an oil slick caught fire and burned our house down to the waterline. We never went back. Instead, we moved to a house near Cincinnati, far from the river.

By Easter we were settled in, and we celebrated11 that special Sunday with a feast12. While Dad carved the lamb, Mother went into the kitchen and returned with the gravy boat. She held my gift for a moment as though it was something unspeakably precious. Then, smiling at me, she placed it gently on the table. I said to myself right then that nothing would ever happen to that gravy boat as long as I lived.

And nothing ever has. Now I use the gravy boat just as she had, taking it carefully from the shelf and filling it just as she did with dark, rich turkey gravy for family dinners and other special occasions. When guests ask about the curious old dish, I sometimes tell the story of how I fished it from the river in our house.

But beyond the events of the flood, the gravy boat is a treasure that connects me to the people and the places of my past. Mother tried to explain, and now I understand. It is not the object so much as the connection that I cherish13. That little porcelain14 boat, chipped and worn with age, keeps me in touch--just as she said it would--with her life, her joy and her love.


1 timbers e91aba42192b11d6305d402d12a91393     
(用于建筑或制作物品的)树木( timber的名词复数 ); 用材林
  • Contraction of the timbers left gaps in the fence. 木料收缩,结果围墙露出缝来。
  • The ship's timbers groaned audibly during the storm. 船骨在暴风雨中吱嘎作响。
2 hook oc5xa     
  • The blacksmith forged a bar of iron into a hook.铁匠把一根铁条锻造成一个钩子。
  • He hangs up his scarf on the hook behind the door.他把围巾挂在门后的衣钩上。
3 forth Hzdz2     
  • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth.风吹得树轻轻地来回摇晃。
  • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession.他很快连续发表了一系列的作品。
4 remnant HBZzp     
  • He is suffering from some remnant feeling of disgrace.他还在为残留的耻辱感到苦恼。
  • She bought a remnant of silk at a bargain.她廉价购得一块零头丝布。
5 gutters 498deb49a59c1db2896b69c1523f128c     
(路边)排水沟( gutter的名词复数 ); 阴沟; (屋顶的)天沟; 贫贱的境地
  • Gutters lead the water into the ditch. 排水沟把水排到这条水沟里。
  • They were born, they grew up in the gutters. 他们生了下来,以后就在街头长大。
6 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
7 porch ju9yM     
  • There are thousands of pages of advertising on our porch.有成千上万页广告堆在我们的门廊上。
  • The porch is supported by six immense pillars.门廊由六根大柱子支撑着。
8 dazzling IyFxO     
  • The sky is clear and blue, the sunlight dazzling. 蔚蓝天空,阳光灿烂。
  • The light reflecting off the snow was dazzling. 雪的反光很刺眼。
9 gravy Przzt1     
  • You have spilled gravy on the tablecloth.你把肉汁泼到台布上了。
  • The meat was swimming in gravy.肉泡在浓汁之中。
10 crested aca774eb5cc925a956aec268641b354f     
adj.有顶饰的,有纹章的,有冠毛的v.到达山顶(或浪峰)( crest的过去式和过去分词 );到达洪峰,达到顶点
  • a great crested grebe 凤头??
  • The stately mansion crested the hill. 庄严的大厦位于山顶。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
11 celebrated iwLzpz     
  • He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格兰最负盛名的年轻画家之一。
  • The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.观众团团围住了这位著名的小提琴演奏家。
12 feast tkixp     
  • After the feast she spent a week dieting to salve her conscience.大吃了一顿之后,她花了一周时间节食以安慰自己。
  • You shouldn't have troubled yourself to prepare such a feast!你不该准备这样丰盛的饭菜,这样太麻烦你了!
13 cherish cherish     
  • I cherish for you the liveliest feeling of affection and gratitude.我对你怀有最强烈的爱和感激之情。
  • We must cherish experience acquired at the cost of blood.我们必须珍惜用鲜血换来的经验。
14 porcelain USvz9     
  • These porcelain plates have rather original designs on them.这些瓷盘的花纹很别致。
  • The porcelain vase is enveloped in cotton.瓷花瓶用棉花裹着。
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