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保姆日记 1-Track05

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  Three days later, just as I bend over to pick up the grubby little sneakerGrayer has hurled1 into the Xes' marble entryway, the front door slamsbehind me with a loud bang. I jerk upright, still holding his shoe.
"Shit.""I heard you! You said 'Shit.' You said it!" Muffled2 sounds of a gleefulGrayer make their way through the heavy door.
I steady my voice and reach for a low, authoritative3 octave. "Grayer, openthe door.""No! I can stick my fingers out at you and you can't see. I got my thungthitiking out, too.""Nanny, try to catch my fingers! Do it! Do it! Come on, catch'em!" Iconcentrate every muscle on not stepping on them.
"You're not even playing! I'm going to go take a bath. So don't ever comeback here, okay? My mom said you don't have to come back here." Hisvoice gets quieter as he starts to move from the door. "Going to get in thetub.""GRAYER!" I scream before I catch my breath. "Don't walk away fromthis door. Ummm, I have a surprise out here for you."The elevator door slides open and Mrs. X, her neighbor, and the doormanall step out.
"Nanny? Nany, I don't want your surprise. So go away. Really, really, go,get out of here." With a few "ahems" the neighbor lets herself into herapartment and the doorman hands off the package he's been carrying anddisappears back into the elevator.
I hold up Grayer's shoe.
As if for a studio audience, Mrs. X whips out her keys and proceeds toremedy the situation. "Well, then. Let's get this door open!" She laughs andunlocks the door. But she swings it open a little too quickly and catchesone of Grayer's fingers.
"Ah. Nanny broke my hand! Hh, my hand is broke. Get out of here! Go!"He throws himself onto the floor, sobbing4.
Mrs. X bends down, as if about to hold him, then straightens up.
"Well, looks like you really tuckered him out at the park! You can go onahead. I'm sure you have a ton of Homework to do. We'll see you Monday,then?" I reach carefully inside the doorway5 and put his shoe down inexchange for my backpack.
I clear my throat. "He just threw his shoe and I..."At the sound of my voice Grayer lets out a fresh wail6. "LEE! Ahhahhha."She stares down at him as he writhes7 on the floor, smiles broadly, andpantomimes that I should go to the elevator. "Oh, and Nanny, C-a-i-t-l-i-nwon't be returning, but I'm sure you have the hang of everything by now."I close their door and am alone again in the now familiar vestibule. I waitfor the elevator and listen to Grayer scream. I feel as though the wholeworld is sticking its tongue out at me.
"Keep your nose out of it, Nanny Drew." My father slurps8 the last drops ofhis wonton soup. "You never know. Maybe Caitlin had another job linedup.""I didn't really get that sense ...""You like the kid?""Minus the locking me out part, yeah, okay.""So, then, you're not marrying these people. You're just working there,what? Fifteen hours a week?" The waiter places a plate of fortune cookiesbetween us and takes the check.
"Twelve." I reach for a cookie.
"Right. So don't get your knickers in a twist.""But what do I do about Grayer?""They're always a little slow to warm up at first," he says, speaking fromeighteen years of experience as an English teacher. He grabs a cookie andtakes my hand. "Come on, let's walk and talk." We weave out of therestaurant and head over to West End Avenue.
I put my arm through his as he slips his hands into his blazer pockets.
"Glinda the good witch him," he says, chewing his cookie thoughtfully.
"Care to elaborate?"He shoots me a look. "I was finishing my cookie. Are you payingattention?""Yes.""Because this is good stuff." I stand, waiting, with my arms crossed. "Inessence, you are Glinda. You are light and clarity and fun. He is aninanimate object, a toaster who happens to have a tongue hanging out. Ifhe goes too far again, I'm talking the door locking routine, physicalviolence, or anything that puts him in danger, BABOOM! Wicked Witch ofthe West! Two point four seconds you swoop9 down in front of his face andhiss that he must never do that again, ever. It is not okay. And then, beforehe can bat an eyelash, back to Glinda. You let him know he can havefeelings, but that there are boundaries. And that you'll let him know whenhe has pushed too far. Trust me, he'll be relieved."I stand on the sidewalk outside Grayer's school on the following Monday.
I'm ten minutes early, as per Mrs. X's strict instructions, so I flip10 throughmy Filofax and chart out the deadlines for my next two papers.
"Not you!" Grayer drags himself all the way across the courtyard, as if hewere marching toward certain death.
"Hey, Grayer. How was school?""Yucky.""Yucky? What was yucky about it?"I unpin the Homework, pass off the juice.
"Nothing.""Nothing was yucky?" Buckle11 in stroller, unwrap pears.
"I don't want to talk to you."I kneel in front of the stroller and look him squarely in the eyes. "Look,Grayer, I know you don't like me very much.""I hate you!" I am light. I am clarity. I am wearing a big, pink dress.
"And that's okay, you haven't known me very long. But I like you a lot."He starts to kick his leg out at me. "I know you miss Caitlin." He freezes atthe sound of her name and I catch his foot firmly in my hand. "It's okay tomiss Caitlin. Missing her shows that you love her. But being mean to mehurts my feelings and I know Caitlin would never want you to hurtanyone's feelings. So, as long as we're together, let's have fun." His eyesare like saucers.
As we head out of the courtyard the rain that's been threatening allmorning finally breaks and I have to push Grayer up to 721 Park Avenue asif I'm in the Stroller Olympics.
"Weee!" he cries and I make race car noises and steer12 sharply aroundpuddles all the way home. By the time we get into the lobby we're bothsoaked and I pray Mrs. X isn't Home to see how I've exposed her child topneumonia.
"I sure am wet. Are you wet, Grayer?""I sure am. I sure am wet." He's smiling, but his teeth are starting tochatter.
"We're gonna get you right upstairs and into a hot bath. Ever had lunch inthe bath, Grayer?" I steer him into the elevator.
A few minutes later, a naked Grayer is plashing in the tub.
"Grayer, do you have a nickname?""What's a nickname?""A name that people call you that isn't Grayer.""My name is Grayer X. That's my name.""Well, let's think of one." I pop him in the tub and pass him his organicpeanut butter and quince jelly sandwich. He wiggles his toes in the wateras he munches13 the sandwich and I can tell it feels fabulously14 unorthodox tohim. I look around the bathroom and my eyes land on his blue SesameStreet toothbrush.
"What about Grover?" I ask.
He mulls it over, his head cocked to one side, his Serious Thinking Faceon, and then nods. "We'll try it."


1 hurled 16e3a6ba35b6465e1376a4335ae25cd2     
v.猛投,用力掷( hurl的过去式和过去分词 );大声叫骂
  • He hurled a brick through the window. 他往窗户里扔了块砖。
  • The strong wind hurled down bits of the roof. 大风把屋顶的瓦片刮了下来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 muffled fnmzel     
adj.(声音)被隔的;听不太清的;(衣服)裹严的;蒙住的v.压抑,捂住( muffle的过去式和过去分词 );用厚厚的衣帽包着(自己)
  • muffled voices from the next room 从隔壁房间里传来的沉闷声音
  • There was a muffled explosion somewhere on their right. 在他们的右面什么地方有一声沉闷的爆炸声。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 authoritative 6O3yU     
  • David speaks in an authoritative tone.大卫以命令的口吻说话。
  • Her smile was warm but authoritative.她的笑容很和蔼,同时又透着威严。
4 sobbing df75b14f92e64fc9e1d7eaf6dcfc083a     
<主方>Ⅰ adj.湿透的
  • I heard a child sobbing loudly. 我听见有个孩子在呜呜地哭。
  • Her eyes were red with recent sobbing. 她的眼睛因刚哭过而发红。
5 doorway 2s0xK     
  • They huddled in the shop doorway to shelter from the rain.他们挤在商店门口躲雨。
  • Mary suddenly appeared in the doorway.玛丽突然出现在门口。
6 wail XMhzs     
  • Somewhere in the audience an old woman's voice began plaintive wail.观众席里,一位老太太伤心地哭起来。
  • One of the small children began to wail with terror.小孩中的一个吓得大哭起来。
7 writhes 0ae70a9a9ef39eaea22ba402bb017d17     
(因极度痛苦而)扭动或翻滚( writhe的第三人称单数 )
  • He pats her kindly on the shoulder. She writhes. 他和和气气地拍拍她的肩膀。她扭动了一下。
  • A little girl writhes on water face about, I ask what she has incorrect. 一个小女孩在水上翻腾转身,我问她有什麽不对。
8 slurps 52e33f11d46c74ce9a0a3beccd148a22     
n.啧啧吃的声音( slurp的名词复数 )v.啜食( slurp的第三人称单数 )
9 swoop nHPzI     
  • The plane made a swoop over the city.那架飞机突然向这座城市猛降下来。
  • We decided to swoop down upon the enemy there.我们决定突袭驻在那里的敌人。
10 flip Vjwx6     
  • I had a quick flip through the book and it looked very interesting.我很快翻阅了一下那本书,看来似乎很有趣。
  • Let's flip a coin to see who pays the bill.咱们来抛硬币决定谁付钱。
11 buckle zsRzg     
  • The two ends buckle at the back.带子两端在背后扣起来。
  • She found it hard to buckle down.她很难专心做一件事情。
12 steer 5u5w3     
  • If you push the car, I'll steer it.如果你来推车,我就来驾车。
  • It's no use trying to steer the boy into a course of action that suits you.想说服这孩子按你的方式行事是徒劳的。
13 munches 2245146664ecd694a7b79e10816ee83f     
v.用力咀嚼(某物),大嚼( munch的第三人称单数 )
  • He tried to talk between munches on the sandwich. 他试图在吃三明治的当间儿讲话。 来自互联网
  • A flying squirrel munches a meal on terra firma. 一只鼯鼠在地上贪婪的咀嚼着它的食物。 来自互联网
14 fabulously 4161877a232b49d1803e1bea05514fd7     
  • The couple are said to be fabulously wealthy. 据说这对夫妇家财万贯。
  • I should say this shirt matches your trousers fabulously. 我得说这衬衫同你的裤子非常相配。
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