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高三阅读理解Last year my children gifted me a stainless steel

时间:2019-12-09 20:02  作者:Edmond  来源:www.2abc8.com

Last year my children gifted me a stainless steel coffee plunger (法式按压咖啡壶). I love to start the day with a strong black coffee and couldn’t wait to use it. I looked forward to the following morning’s coffee making, knowing that I probably wouldn’t smash (打碎) this plunger as easily as I had done so often in the past. 

But as I poured my first cup of coffee, the plunger spilled all over the table. Thankfully no one was around to see my disappointed face! I kept trying, but each morning would see me wiping up the coffee. Then I realized that if I poured very slowly there would be no spilling. 

This was at first a very painful experience. My normal practice was to rush through breakfast so that I could get on with my day. 

But in time I learned not only to pour slowly but to enjoy the experience: the smell, the taste, and the stillness of a new day. 

It prompted (促使) me to reflect upon whether there were other areas of my life I was rushing through. Most of life, it seemed.

I started to leave extra time to do even the most ordinary tasks. When shop owners would apologize for keeping me waiting, I’d say, “Not a problem, I’m not in a hurry.” Even hanging out washing became pleasurable when a couple of extra minutes of standing still and listening to the birds singing in the trees around me became part of my routine.

Besides, one of my favorite experiences living in the inner city for many years was sitting on the front doorstep of our home spending time with strangers. We sat on the steps, each of us with a cup of coffee in our hands, listening to each other’s stories. It was one of the warmest things about living in a busy city. It was as if the world around us slowed to a pace we could both handle.

Stillness and quietness not only slow the pace of life, but also feed the soul, helping us to enjoy the world’s small pleasures.

24.What was the author’s life like before receiving the coffee plunger?

A.Hurried. B.Relaxing. C.Simple. D.Disappointing.

25.What does the word “This” in Paragraph 3 refer to?

A.Dealing with the spilled coffee. B.Learning to use the new coffee plunger.

C.Trying to pour coffee more slowly. D.Rushing through breakfast.

26.What happened when the author changed her lifestyle?

A.She had more time for important things.

B.She found joy in ordinary tasks.

C.She made friends with many shop owners.

D.She had a better relationship with her family members.

27.What is the main purpose of this article?

A.To tell people how to live a meaningful and full life.

B.To reflect on the meaning of living a slow-paced life.

C.To show the importance of the gift from her daughter.

D.To encourage readers to communicate more with strangers. 

答案 24~27 ACBB 

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