少兒英語故事:胡蘿卜、雞蛋和咖啡豆
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人生避免不了起起伏伏,每個人都會面對很多風雨,逆境中你是如何做的?你是像胡蘿卜,還是像雞蛋,或者像咖啡豆一樣?
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that, as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her
mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. 
 
 
Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?" 
 
 
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," the young woman replied. 
 
 
The mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted1 that they were soft. 
 
 
She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip2 the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma3
 
 
The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?" 
 
 
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water - but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened4 and became weak. 
 
 
The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened! The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. 
 
 
"Which are you?" the mother asked her daughter. 
 
 
"When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?" Think of this. Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong but, with pain and adversity, do I wilt5 and become soft and lose my strength? 
 
 
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable6 heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit but, after a death, a breakup or a financial hardship, does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance7 and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? 


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1 noted 5n4zXc     
adj.著名的,知名的
參考例句:
  • The local hotel is noted for its good table.當地的那家酒店以餐食精美而著稱。
  • Jim is noted for arriving late for work.吉姆上班遲到出了名。
2 sip Oxawv     
v.小口地喝,抿,呷;n.一小口的量
參考例句:
  • She took a sip of the cocktail.她啜飲一口雞尾酒。
  • Elizabeth took a sip of the hot coffee.伊麗莎白呷了一口熱咖啡。
3 aroma Nvfz9     
n.香氣,芬芳,芳香
參考例句:
  • The whole house was filled with the aroma of coffee.滿屋子都是咖啡的香味。
  • The air was heavy with the aroma of the paddy fields.稻花飄香。
4 softened 19151c4e3297eb1618bed6a05d92b4fe     
(使)變軟( soften的過去式和過去分詞 ); 緩解打擊; 緩和; 安慰
參考例句:
  • His smile softened slightly. 他的微笑稍柔和了些。
  • The ice cream softened and began to melt. 冰淇淋開始變軟并開始融化。
5 wilt oMNz5     
v.(使)植物凋謝或枯萎;(指人)疲倦,衰弱
參考例句:
  • Golden roses do not wilt and will never need to be watered.金色的玫瑰不枯萎絕也不需要澆水。
  • Several sleepless nights made him wilt.數個不眠之夜使他憔悴。
6 malleable Qwdyo     
adj.(金屬)可鍛的;有延展性的;(性格)可訓練的
參考例句:
  • Silver is the most malleable of all metals.銀是延展性最好的金屬。
  • Scientists are finding that the adult human brain is far more malleable than they once thought.科學家發現成人大腦的可塑性遠超過他們之前認識到的。
7 fragrance 66ryn     
n.芬芳,香味,香氣
參考例句:
  • The apple blossoms filled the air with their fragrance.蘋果花使空氣充滿香味。
  • The fragrance of lavender filled the room.房間里充滿了薰衣草的香味。
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