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


英语:直击2010年之《高考优学》教材梳理??Unit 3 Inventors and inventions(选修8)

   2010 年《高考风向标》 英语 高考风向标》 ? 目 第一部分 教材梳理 必修一 Unit 1 Friendship 单元要点预览 语言要点 词语辨析 词性变化 重点单词 重点词组 重点句子 课文要点 课文词汇填空 课文大意概括 课文佳句背诵与仿写 单元自测 Unit 2 English around the world 单元要点预览 语言要点 词语辨析 词性变化 重点单词 重点词组 重点句子 课文要点 课文词汇填空 课文大意概括 课文佳句背诵与仿写 单元自测 Unit 3 Travel ...

人力资源管理专业英语译文 unit1 An overview of human resource management

   Unit 1 An Overview Of Human Resource Management Text 组织需要一些有效率的东西:物质资源、金融资源、营销能力和人力资源。虽然这些对 组织效率来说都很重要, 但是最有可能提供潜在竞争优势的因素是人力资源如何管理这些资 源。工业技术、财政学和顾客联系(市场)都可以被模仿,基本的管理人员也可以被模仿, 但是最有效率的组织发现了独特的方法去吸引、 保留和激励雇员??即一种难以被模仿的策 略。 在《人的竞争优势》这篇华丽的文章中,Jeffrey Pf ...

高中英语 Module3《Literature-Introduction and cultural corner》课件 外研社版选修7

   Modulle3 Literature Introduction and Cultural Corner Charles Dickens one of the English most famous novelists 《匹克威克外传》The Pickwick Papers 匹克威克外传》 雾都孤儿》 《雾都孤儿》Oliver Twist 老古玩店》 《老古玩店》The Old Curiosity Shop 圣诞颂歌》 《圣诞颂歌》 A Christmas Carol 大卫? 《 大卫?科波 ...

外研版新标准高中英语必修一Module1 My First Day at Senior High 听力部分课件

   Module One Listening and Vocabulary Word Formation 构词法 Noun Verb Adjective correct encourage enjoy enjoyable explain fluent misunderstand progressive pronounce Word Formation构词法 Noun correction encouragement enjoyable enjoyment explanation fluency ...

高中英语 unit 5《The Power of Nature》课件-reading writing 新人教版选修6

   Please guess what place I’m going to travel this summer? 1. Here are some pictures about the place. Let’s enjoy them. 2. Look at these pictures and guess what place they show? spring summer autumn winter Fast Reading课文阅读1. 1. Read the text quickly ...

现代大学英语精读3 lesson12_text appreciation the need that drive us all

   Lesson 12- The Needs That Drive Us All Part Three W B T L E ENTER Lesson 12- The Needs That Drive Us All Text Appreciation I. Text analysis 1. Theme 2. Text structure 3. Questions for comprehension 4. Questions on details II. Writing devices 1. Con ...


   General Introduction I am a third year master major in automation at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P. R. China. With tremendous interest in Industrial Engineering, I am writing to apply for acceptance into your Ph.D. graduate program. Education ba ...

高一英语必修4 Unit2 Sporting events Word Power

   ☆ 记住该记住的,忘记该忘记的。 记住该记住的 忘记该忘记的。 忘记该忘记的 改变能改变的,接受不能改变的 接受不能改变的。 改变能改变的 接受不能改变的。 Remember what should be remembered, and forget what should be forgotten. Alter what is changeable, and accept what is immutable. Tips: change→ changeable mutable adj. th ...

黑猫英语【3】2 Alic's Adventures in Wonderland 艾丽丝漫游奇境记

   【使用指南】Black Cat 有声名著阶梯阅读 使用指南 原典英语交流论坛 【使用指南】Black Cat 有声名著阶梯阅读 (以下内容摘自《徐老师原典英语自学法》(徐火辉 著)第二章) 在使用时,一定要做到 聆听先行,听读结合,即: ■① 打开一个 MP3文件(一般3~5分钟,最多不超过10分钟),不看任何文本,先静气聆听3~5 遍后,谨记:千万不可看文本; ■②聆听至少3遍后,打开 PDF 阅读刚才听的部分,生词可以用金山词霸查 ...

高二英语五模块 三单元Unit3 Science versus nature课件及教案Reading

   更多资源 更多资源 张月 孔国庆 李霞 邓卫东 LeadLead- in Check the homework. Share you sources relevant to cloning technology with the whole class. Cloning has been the subject of scientific experiments for years. The recent success in cloning animal ...



   一切为了学生,为了一切学生,为了学生的一切 九年级期中考试英语试卷一 二、单项选择。 20.He used to like playing piano,but now he likes playing basketball. A./:the B.the;the C.a: / D.the;/ 21.一 do you learn new English words? 一 I learn new words by joining an English club. A.What B.How C.Wh ...


   浅析大学英语六级测试听力攻略 口耿妍 摘要:大学英语六级考试对于我国大学英语教 学起了很大的促进作用.大学生普遍具有较强的阅读 和写作能力.而考试中的听力理解部分历来是中国学 生的薄弱环节.听力的好坏对于考生能否在考试中取 得高分又是至关重要的。本文主要从五方面阐述了大 学英语六级测试听力的方法攻略。 关键词:大学英语测试六级听力功略 Abstrct:College English Test,Band 6,has played very important a 2.命题趋势。不同于四级考试的 ...


   陈向东: 陈向东:学英语只须专注和坚持 名城网讯(记者 吕宁)日前,陈向东老师来到苏州,记者前去采访,当看到陈老师递上来 的名片, 记者注意到, 他的名片上除了印上新东方的高级副总裁外, 还印着他的学历?? 博 士,记者这才知道,陈向东 同时还是一位经济学博士,一位经济专家。 陈向东不像其它学者那样慢条斯理,不苟言笑,终日奔波于华东各省市的他,淡定而灿 烂地微笑着,说话语速挺快,还夹着淡淡的河南乡音,听他娓娓而谈,给一种亲切的感觉, 言语之中展现出他的睿智与博学。 寒风中背书的少年到人大经济 ...

英语 口译 缩写

   一、缩写练习: 第一段缩写训练答案: Many pl’s favorite hob is sports. Ty spend + - thr spr tm play(g) team game like footb/baseb, games for(4) 2/4 pl, like tennis, or golf. Sm pl like 2 prac . Indiv spt like run(g)/swim(g). Pl usually prac . Spt 4 at least 3 reason ...


   小学五年级英语( 小学五年级英语(上)单元达标题听力材料 第一单元 A 卷听力材料 一.每个句子听两遍,选出你所听到的句中单词。 1. Look at young lady. 2. It’s too small. 3. What’s the weather like today? 5. I’m from Canada. 一. 每个句子听两遍,选出能回答每个句子的正确答语。 1. Who’s that man? 2. Is he kind? 3. Your school is cool. 4. ...