Monthly Archives: May 2015

Happiness Is So Easy to Find

Here’s another story from Changing Every Day. When you finish reading, take the quiz to test your understanding!:

Happiness Is So Easy to Find

Tammie Tai

We had a party yesterday. I saw that some of my classmates had tears in their eyes when the party was over. All of my classmates from this semester were over. Summer vacation was beginning!

Today is a little different from the regular school days: I don’t need to worry about any homework, but I feel slightly sad. I might not be used to this vacation yet, because I still have a lot of chores to do.

I recall that last month I bought a bottle of pickled cucumber when I avoided the hard rain at a Whole Foods Market in Chinatown after class. After my husband and I finished the pickled cucumber, I put some leftover cabbage and one pepper in the bottle, added some other stuff, and then just left them there. Later, I rushed to check what was going on in the bottle. Wow! What a familiar and aromatic smell there was . . . my favorite was the fresh scent of peppers.

Suddenly, I felt so hungry, even though I just had my breakfast. So I boiled some dry noodles that my sister left me last month. The smell was so amazing that I pictured myself eating them while the noodles were still being boiled. So I just simply fried some eggs, pickled cabbage and pepper, and a few other things. I stirred them together. Yummy. Yummy! It reminded me of my hometown’s smell.

My husband saw me enjoying my meal so much and couldn’t help but beg for some. He never eats pepper and noodles. But to my surprise this time, he finished everything I gave him. It must have been my happy expression that attracted him. I felt my heart had visited my hometown after I finished the big bowl of pickled pepper noodles.

Life can be so simple. You will find happiness is so easily attainable if you embrace life with your full heart.

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Tuff Enuff

Here’s a song for you from the Eighties using the most recent Awesome Adjective. As you listen, fill in the blanks in the lyrics below and click on “Continue reading” to check your answers.

Tuff Enuff

by The Fabulous Thunderbirds

I would walk ten miles on my hands and _____1_____
Ain’t no doubt about it, baby, it’s you I aim to please
I’d wrestle with a lion and a grizzly bear
It’s my life, baby, but I don’t _____2_____

Ain’t that tough enough?
Ain’t that tough enough?
Ain’t that tough enough?
Ain’t that tough enough?

For you, baby, I would swim the _____3_____
Nothin’ I’d do for you that’s too tough for me
I’d put out a burning building with a shovel and dirt
And not even worry about getting _____4_____

Ain’t that tough enough?
Ain’t that tough enough?
Ain’t that tough enough?
Ain’t that tough enough?

I’d work twenty-four hours, seven days a week
Just so I could come home and kiss your _____5_____
I’ll love you in the morning and I’ll love you at noon
I’ll love you in the night and take you to the _____6_____

Ain’t that tough enough?
Ain’t that tough enough?
Ain’t that tough enough?
Ain’t that tough enough?

I’d lay in a pile of burnin’ money that I’ve earned
And not even worry about getting _____7_____
I’d _____8_____ the Empire State, fight Muhammad Ali
Just to have you, baby, close to me

Ain’t that tough enough?
Ain’t that tough enough?
Ain’t that tough enough?

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Piece of Cake Revisited

Here are some quotations and images from around the web using last week’s Idiom of the Week. Just click on any of the images to get a closer look:

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Housewife

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Here’s another story from Changing Every Day. When you finish reading, take the quiz to test your understanding!:

Housewife

Yi Juan Lin

Last Saturday, I took my children and went shopping with my friends. On the corner of the street, we saw a bunch of people we didn’t know. We went over to see what was happening. It turned out to be a couple engaged in a quarrel.

The man looked very fierce, the woman looked very poor. The woman said, as she was crying, “Do you think I was willing to be a housewife? I gave up my favorite work to take care of our children. I concentrated my time and youth on you. What is the result? You dislike that I got older and got ugly now.”

Many people hate to see the man’s behavior that she accused him of. A thought suddenly flashed through my mind: I was also a housewife. Would my husband dislike me if I didn’t have abilities?

When my husband got home from work, I told him what I had seen. I wanted to hear what he thought about it. Was it the same with all men despising housewives?

I was surprised. My husband’s opinion was completely different than the other man’s. He said, “A housewife is a very important post. If no one takes care of the children, the children don’t know how to behave. A successful man must support his woman.” I listened, very moved, because I gave up my favorite work also and chose to become a housewife.

In China, many men look down on housewives. They think housewives are not cultured, and do not understand anything, and can only wash clothes and cook, and take care of children. I don’t know how American men evaluate housewives.

In my opinion, I consider occupations unimportant. Whether homemakers or not, as long as someone contributes to the family and society, it is worthwhile.

Some people say, “First you should have a warm and sweet family, and after you will have a powerful country.”

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Tough Revisited

Here are some quotations from around the web using last week’s Awesome Adjective:

 

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Idiom of the Week: A Piece of Cake

Meaning: Very easy to do.

Examples:

The test was a piece of cake. I finished half an hour early.

His job was difficult at first, but now it’s a piece of cake.

She’s very good with languages, so learning French was a piece of cake for her.

Pop Quiz:

You’re in very good shape. Which one is probably a piece of cake for you?

A.  Baking a cake.

B.  Running one mile.

C.  Learning Chinese.

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Okay, Okay, Okay, Mom

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Here’s another story from Changing Every Day. When you finish reading, take the quiz to test your understanding!:

I Am Sorry, My Children

Lisa Szeto

One day, I bumped into a stranger passing by. “Oh, excuse me, please,” I said.

He answered, “Please excuse me, too. I wasn’t even watching for you.”

We were very polite. We said goodbye and went on our way. But when I came home, it was a different story.

Later that day, when I was cooking dinner, my son stood beside me. When I turned back, I knocked him down. “Move out of the way,” I said with an angry frown.

He walked away and was a little unhappy. I will never forget how he looked at me; I didn’t realize the harsh way I’d spoken. I was so angry with myself!

When I lay awake that night in bed, I heard a small voice come to my ears. You use common courtesy with a stranger, but not with the children you love. Why are you abusive towards your children? At this time, I felt very small and sad, and my tears began to fall. I remember when I was growing up, my mom never said sorry if she was mistaken and did something wrong. I felt very angry. (Many Chinese parents are very strict and always right; they never say, “I am sorry” to their children.)

I quietly went to my son’s bed. “Hey! Wake up, little boy William, wake up,” I said.

He was half asleep and looked at me. “Mom, what’s happening? I was sleeping,” he murmured.

I used a soft voice when I talked with William. I wanted to say, “I am very sorry, can you forgive your mom?” I hugged him and kissed his forehead. At this time, my tears streamed from my eyes.

But he just said, “Okay, okay, okay, Mom,” and turned back to continue to sleep.

 

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