A greeting card sent to arrive on Saint Valentine’s Day ( February 14th), declaring one’s love for sb. , but usually without giving the name of the sender; a sweetheart chosen on this day
Examples: On Saint Valentine’s Day, my daughter received quite a number of Valentines. The writer’s father is her forever valentine.
Q: Give typical examples to prove that the narrator’s father showed particularly profound love for her on Valentine’s Day.
Q: Why does the writer focus her accounts and descriptions on her first recollection of the magic and on the last card and gift from her father?
Part Division Para?-Para? Para?-Para?
Main Idea
Give a brief account of the leading character. Provide the detail how the father showed profound affection for his daughter on Valentine’s Day. She will never forget her father and his kindness to her.
1 The traditional holidays in our house when I was a child were spent timing elaborate meals around football games. My father tried to make pleasant chitchat and eat as much as he could during half time. At Christmas he found time to have a cup or two of holiday beer and do his holly shaped bow tie. But he didn’t truly shine until Valentine’s Day. 2 I don’t know whether it was because work at the office slowed during February or because the football season was over. But Valentine’s Day was the time my father chose to show his love for the special people in his life. Over the years I fondly thought of him as my “Valentine Man.”
3 My first recollection of the magic he could bring to Valentine’s Day came when I was six. For several days I had been cutting out valentines for my classmates. Each of us was to decorate a “mailbox” and put it on our desk for others to give us cards. That box and its contents ushered in a succession of bittersweet memories of my entrance into a world of popularity contests marked by the number of cards received, the teasing about boyfriends/girlfriends and the tender care I gave to the card from the cutest boy in class. 4 That morning at the breakfast table I found a card and a giftwrapped package at my chair. The card was signed “love, Dad,” and the gift was a ring with a small piece of red glass to represent my birthstone, a ruby. There is little difference between red glass and rubies to a child of six, and I remember wearing that ring with a pride that all the cards in the world could not surpass.
5 As I grew older, the gifts gave way to heart shaped boxes filled up with my favorite chocolates and always included a special card signed “Love, Dad.” In those years my thank-yous became more of a perfunctory response. The cards seemed less important, and I took for granted the valentine that would always be there. Long past the days of having a “mailbox” on my desk, I had placed my hopes and dreams in receiving cards and gifts from “significant others,” and “Love, Dad” just didn’t seem quite enough. 6 If my father knew then that he had been replaced, he never let it show. If he sensed my disappointment over valentines that didn’t arrive for me, he just tried that much harder to create a positive atmosphere, giving me an extra hug and doing what he could to make my day a little brighter.
7 My mailbox eventually had a rural address, and the job of hand delivering candy and cards was relegated to the U.S. Postal Service. Never in ten years was my father’s package late nor was it on the Valentine’s Day eight years ago when I reached into the mailbox to find a card address to me in my mother’s handwriting. 8 It was the kind of card that comes in an inexpensive assortment box sold by a child going door to door to try to earn money for a school project. It was the kind of card you used to get from a grandmother or an aging aunt or, in this case, a dying father.
9 It was the kind of card that put a lump in your throat and tears in your tears in your eyes because you knew the person no longer was able to go out and buy a real valentine. It was a card that signaled this would be the last you would receive from him. 10 The card had photograph of tulips on the outside, and on the inside my mother had printed “Happy Valentine’s Day”. Beneath it, scrawled in barely legible handwriting was “Love, Dad.”
11 His final card remains on my bulletin board today. It’s a reminder of how special fathers can be and how important it has been to me over the years to know that I had a father who continued a tradition of love with a generosity of spirit, simple acts of understanding and an ability to express happiness over the people in his life. 12 Those things never die, nor does the memory of a man who never stopped being my valentine.
The traditional holidays in our holiday in our house when I was a child were spent timing elaborate meals around football games. When I was a child, our family kept the traditional holidays by arranging carefully prepared meals around football games. time arrange or set the time at which sth. Happens or is to happen elaborate full of detail; carefully worked out and with a large number of parts 精致的, 精致的,精心完成的
light, informal conversation or gossip
Examples: Father is having chitchat with his son now. My parents used to make chitchat after supper in winter.
do his holly shaped bow tie make his bow tie in the shape of holly holly a small tree with dark green shiny(发光的 发光的) 发光的 prickly (多刺的 多刺的)leaves and red berries(浆果 霉) 浆果,霉 多刺的 浆果 bow tie a short piece of cloth tied in the shape of a bow that men sometimes wear around their neck
But he didn’t truly shine until Valentine’s Day. He did not look extraordinarily happy and gay until valentine’s Day. Over the years I fondly thought of him as my “Valentine Man.” Over the years I regarded him in a loving way as the man who showed profound love to me by giving me cards and gifts on Valentine’s Day. fondly in a loving way; in a foolishly hopeful manner 爱怜地 以一种愚蠢的 爱怜地; 乐观态度
recollection memory; the power or action of remembering the past; something in one’s memory of the past
Examples: I have no recollection of meeting him. Her recollection of the events is rather patchy(散落的, (散落的, 不完全的). 不完全的).
That box and its contents ushered in a succession of bittersweet memories of my entrance into a world… usher bring, esp. by showing the way; lead, conduct Examples: She ushered the visitor into the room. The bombing of Hiroshima ushered in the nuclear age. usher in announce 预报, 预示 预报, usherette (剧院 电影等处 女引座员 女服务员 剧院,电影等处 女引座员;女服务员 剧院 电影等处)女引座员
a succession of a number of people or things following one after another Examples: A succession of visitors, including some leaders, came to see Ba Jin, the greatest writer in contemporary China. The farmers have got in a succession of bumper harvests. The Chinese Women Volleyball Team won a succession of victories.
cute attractive in amusing or interesting way; (too) clever, shrewd
Examples: What a cute little baby! You must approach her carefully, for she is a cute woman.
wrap cover sth. in a material folded around
Examples: I put the book in a box that I wrapped up in brown paper before I posted it. The shop assistant offered to wrap the shoes, but I wanted to wear them at once.
surpass exceed; to go beyond in amount, degree, or quality
Examples: China wants to catch up with and surpass the developed countries in the world. Her splendid performances surpassed all our expectations.
give way to have its place taken by; allow oneself to show esp. a feeling
Examples: Stream trains gave way to electric trains. He gave way to tears.
In those years my thank-yous became more of a perfunctory response. In those years I responded to my father’s gifts by saying “Thank you” almost without much thought or care. perfunctory (of an action) done hastily and without thought, interest or care He gave his girl friend a perfunctory kiss followed by a perfunctory wave.
If he sensed my disappointment over valentines that didn’t arrive for me, he just tried that much harder to … If he became aware that I was disappointed over valentines which did not come for me, he just made greater effort to create a cheerful atmosphere by holding me tightly in his arms once again to make my day a little more agreeable. sense have a feeling tht sth. exists or is there, without having direct proof hug an act of holding sb. tightly in
one’s arms, esp. as a sign of love
put into a lower or worse place
Examples: We relegated the old furniture to the children’s room. He was relegated to a remote place to do farm work. Everyone was surprised when the football team was relegated to the second division.
assortment mixture; a group or quantity of mixed things of various kinds of the same thing; collection
Examples: She has an odd assortment of friends. This is an assortment of sweets.
It was the kind of card that put lump in your throat and tears in your eyes…
It was the kind of card that made you feel very sad and shed bitter tears… put a lump in one’s throat\bring a lump to one’s throat make one feel very sad (emotional)
Beneath it, scrawled in barely legible handwriting was “Love, Dad.” Beneath it was “Love, Dad” written in such an awkward and unskillful manner that it was difficult to read or recognize. scrawl scribble; write in a careless, hurried, awkward, or unskillful way legible (of handwriting or print) that can be read, esp. easily


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