2013年11月27日 星期三

My Grandma, Kathleen Johnson 我的外租母 (中)

Bay City is between Tillamook and Rockaway Beach.

It's the end of November, and it's getting cold. The colder it gets, the more I think about Home.  When I start thinking about Home, I also start thinking about my childhood.  When I start thinking about my childhood, I can't help but think about my grandma.  12月快到了, 天氣開始變冷.  天氣越來越冷時, 我就越想念我的家鄉.  我想念家鄉時,  也想起我的童年時光.  更是強烈地思念我的外婆.

My grandma lived in an old house on a hill.  Her house was in Bay City, Oregon, not far from Tillamook, where they make the famous cheese.  I used to spend summers in that house, up until I entered junior high school.  By the time junior high school arrived, I was just getting to old to go down there.  我外婆以前住在一間山坡上的舊房子 .  那個房子位於美國俄勒岡州Bay City村, 離做起司的Tillamook不遠, 它們的起司很有名.  我小時候都在那裡過暑假, 直到我念國中後才停止,  因為我上國中後就覺得在鄉下地方沒有意思.

My grandma was a strange person.  Anyone who knew her would have said this.  She kept to herself most of the time, and she liked to argue more than anyone I ever met.  If the sun was shining outside, she'd try to convince you it was raining.  If the clock said noon, she'd try to convince you it was night time.  She brought me close to tears many times, but I sure did learn how to argue.  我外婆是一個蠻奇怪的人.  認識她的人都會這樣形容她.  她常常自己一個人在家裡.  也喜歡跟人吵架.  如果外面出太陽, 她會跟你說是下雨天.  時鐘的時間指是中午,  她會跟你說是夜晚.  她好幾次跟我吵架吵到我快哭了, 可是也因為這樣, 我真的很會跟別人吵架.


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She drove this rusting Dodge around, and in the back seat of this Dodge was her dog, Tasha.  When I was little, that dog seemed enormous.  As I got older, that dog just seemed enormously stupid.  Tasha was quite possibly the stupidest dog I have ever seen.  她開一輛生鏽的車, 車子後座坐她的狗.  我小時候覺得那隻狗超大.  我長大一點卻覺得那隻狗超笨的.  那隻叫Tasha的狗真是我碰過最笨的狗的其中一隻.

When I wasn't running around in the woods behind my grandma's house, she'd be driving me around coastal Oregon.  She'd drive me up to Astoria to buy comic books, or down to Newport to visit the aquarium.  She'd drive me to rivers for a swim, or she'd drive me to cafes in Tillamook and Garibaldi to eat.  我不在她房子附近的森林冒險的時候, 我外婆就會開車帶我去很多俄勒岡州的海邊.  她有時候帶我去Astoria買漫畫書, 有時候帶我去Newport的海洋館.  她也會帶我開車到附近的河游泳, 或是開車去Tillamook和Garibaldi的小餐廳吃飯.

At night my grandma and I would watch television together.  My grandma was a huge fan of Johnny Carson and Benny Hill.  After Benny Hill finished, I would go into the living room and watch TV by myself.  My grandma's house was very scary at night, and I would try not to think about monsters waiting outside the house, staring at me.  夜裡的時候我跟我的外婆一起看電視.  她最喜歡看的是Johnny Carson跟Benny Hill的節目.  Benny Hill看完後, 我會自己一個人去客廳看電視.  我外婆家在夜裡有一點可怕.  我在那邊看電視都一直想著外面有魔鬼看著我.

My grandma died when I was in college, but I still miss her.  I miss her when I'm in Oregon, I miss her when I see Tillamook cheese, and I miss her when the weather turns cold.  She was a strange person, and she was often hard to be around, but she was my grandma and I loved her.  我念大學的時候我外婆就去世了, 但我還是很想念她.  我在俄勒岡州的時候想念她.  我看到Tillamook起司的時候想念她.  天氣開始變冷的時候我就想念她.  她是個蠻奇怪的人, 我有時跟她在一起很難過, 可是她還是我外婆.  我還是愛她.

Bay City

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