A Busy Weekend 一个忙碌的周末


我总算渡过了这个繁忙的周末。有些周末真是实在太忙,你就期待着礼拜一的到来,你可以回到日常正规的生活。我在礼拜五急急忙忙做完我的工作,这就开始了我去阿肯色的周末。干完了四个小时的工作,对我礼拜天的那个项目做了最后的微调,就和我的儿子一起上车启程了。还没有开过两条街,我就注意到汽车有不正常的现象。我马上决定把车开到我通常修车的修车处让技师看一下。幸亏那时他们不是那么的忙,就立刻检查了我的车。半小时以后,技师告诉我说他没有发觉任何不正常的地方,好像一切都很好。我们就立刻上车,先到“温迪”连锁快餐店抓了一个汉堡包就上路。等到一起就绪,上到高速公路,时间已经是12:15了。

我们从达拉斯向东北方向开车,我太太和小女儿今晚会和我们在阿肯色见面。(她们曾向东开了13小时,在田纳西州的查塔努加参加垒球比赛。)我们在阿肯色的阿卡迪噢费亚汇合,就是在我大女儿这礼拜六上午要毕业的沃希托浸信会大学。但是现在仅仅是山姆和我在高速公路上飞跑,一路上只是由吼叫的收音机伴随着。虽然安全带把我们绑在坐位上,我们在整个四小时的行程中还是尽力一边唱,一边跳舞。当我们到达我女儿的宿舍的时候,正好赶上一场瓢泼大雨。其实,通常这样的雨不是个问题,但是这次我们要帮她把所有的东西打包,然后搬上我们车的行李箱里。一小时以后,雨停了,我们就赶快搬。我们必须尽快,因为我们已经与我们岳父母约好下午六点一起到餐厅吃晚餐。

我们是在六点赶到了约好了的餐厅,但是餐厅客满,我们需要等一个多小时,才可能就餐。于是我们就决定换餐厅。我女儿带领了三部车的车队到了另一个餐厅,可以立即就餐。晚餐倒是很美味,但是我和山姆必须先再开一段路程。因为这个镇里的酒店都客满了,我们不得不开到我叔叔在热泉镇湖边的度假房里去过夜。我们必须在天黑以前赶到那里,才可能找到把水开关打开的地方。(因为长期没有人住在那个房子里,为了防止漏水,我叔叔在离开的时候把进入房子的总开关关掉了。)当我们赶到那里的时候,正好是日落的时候。我们欣赏了太阳落到湖里的美景。这忙碌的一天却有一个美丽的结尾。

第二天,我们一清早就起来了。我太太和小女儿在后半夜才来,但是我们都必须立刻梳妆打扮好,西装革履地去参加毕业典礼。典礼是在9:30开始。上帝真是恩待我们,那天阳光明媚,是一个漂漂亮亮的春天。毕业典礼是那么的隆重,我非常自豪地目睹我大女儿上台获取她的学位。

毕业典礼之后,我们一起吃午餐。也见到很多亲戚朋友。这真是一个美好的时刻,很多亲戚都住的离开我们父母挺远的。我已经有四年没有见到的姐姐和她的女儿也来了。

午餐后,山姆和我就跳上车回家了,于是,我们又一次地又唱又跳的开了回来。下午五点到家。那两天真是够忙的够呛。但是周末还没有完,那才是礼拜六,还有礼拜天呢。

      现在终于是礼拜天旁晚了。太阳已经渐渐收起它的光芒。礼拜天,我带领了全家去教堂,然后带着全家上餐厅吃饭为的是庆祝母亲节。我不得不打了一个瞌睡,还看了看那些从中国来的留言。我也完成了给我中国学生的英文课程。我期待着礼拜一清晨的到来。

讨论问题:
1. 举一个例子说明作者的周末是那么的繁忙。

2. 你是否曾有一个周末或者假期让你忙得不也乐乎?

3.虽然周末是繁忙的,作者是否也很高兴这样的一个周末?
I have survived a busy weekend. It was one of those weekends where you are ready for Monday morning to arrive so you can return to a sense of normalcy. My weekend began with a mad rush to finish up my work so I could leave for Arkansas. After four hours of work, and finalizing my project for Sunday, my son and I jumped in the car to get on the road. About two blocks from the house I noticed the car shifting in an unusual way. I quickly decided to stop by the mechanic’s garage where I normally go for repairs. Fortunately, they were not busy and were able to look at it right away. Half an hour later the mechanic informed me that all looked good and he could see nothing wrong with the car. We got back in the car and headed for Wendy’s to grab lunch and get on the road. After getting our order we got on the highway, the time was 12:15pm.

We headed north east away from
Dallas. My wife and youngest daughter would meet us in Arkansas later that night. (They had driven 13 hours east to Chattanooga, Tennessee on Monday for a softball tournament.) We were all converging on Arkadelphia, Arkansas home of Ouachita Baptist University where my oldest daughter was graduating on Saturday morning. For now it was just Sam and me rolling down the highway with the radio blaring. We sang and danced, as best we could while sitting down and constrained by seatbelts, the entire 4 hours. We arrived at my daughter’s dormitory in the midst of a pouring rainstorm. Normally, this is not a problem; however, we were to remove all her belongings from her room and pack them into the back of our vehicle. We waited an hour for the rain to stop and quickly began to load the car. We had to hurry because we were to meet my parents and my in-laws for dinner at 18:00.

We made it to the restaurant at
18:00 only to find out we would have to wait for over an hour to get a table. We quickly decided to go somewhere else. My daughter led the three car caravan to another location where we could immediately get a table and have dinner. Dinner was enjoyable, but Sam and I still had another short drive to make. There were no available hotel rooms in the small town so we had to drive another hour to my Uncle’s lake house in Hot Springs. We needed to get there before dark so I could turn on the water. (Since no one lives in the house full time my uncle turns the water off at the street when he leaves, to prevent flooding.) We made it just as the sun was setting and we watched the sun set over the water. It was a lovely ending to a very long day.

The next morning we awoke early. My wife and youngest daughter had come in sometime after
midnight. We quickly got dressed and left for the ceremony which was to take place at 9:30am. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny Spring day. The ceremony was very nice and I was proud to watch my oldest child walk across the stage to receive her degree.

After the ceremony we all gathered at another restaurant for lunch. We ate and visited with one another. This is nice because we all live quite a distance from our parents. My sister, and her daughter, were also present whom I had not seen in 4 years.


After lunch, Sam and I jumped back in the car to head home. Once again, we made the drive while singing and dancing. We made it home about
17:00. Overall it was a busy two days, and the weekend was not yet over. It was Saturday evening, but Sunday was coming.

Now it is Sunday evening. The sun is fading. I’ve taken my family to church and out to eat in honor of Mother’s Day. I’ve taken a nap and gone for a great Chinese massage. I am finishing my English lesson for my students in
China. I’m ready for Monday morning. The busy weekend is over.


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. Name one thing that made the writer’s weekend so busy.

2. Have you ever had a busy weekend or days off where you were glad it was over?

3. Although the weekend was very busy, does it sound like the writer had a fun time?

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