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I Love You More than Myself

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It all began as we were standing in front of the bathroom mirror, me,fixing Amanda's blonde hair. I said, "I love you, Amanda." "And, I love you," she replied. "Oh, yeah,"I taunted ① ."Well, I love you more." Her eyes lit up ② as she recognized the cue ③ for the start of another "I love you more" match. "Nuh-uh," she laughed, "I love you the most." "I love you bigger than a volcano!" I countered ④ —a favorite

family phrase in these battles of love. " But, Mom, I love you from here to China." A country she's learning about from our new neighbors up the street. We volleyed ⑤ back and forth ⑥ a few favorite lines. "I love you more than peanut butter." "I even love you more than bubble gum." It was my turn again, and I made the move that usually brings victory. "I love you bigger than the universe!" On this day, however, Amanda was not going to give up. I could see she was thinking. "Mom," she said in a quiet voice, "I love you more than myself."

事情发生时,我们俩正站在浴室的镜子前面。我正在给阿曼达梳理她金色的头发。我说:“我爱你,阿曼达。”“我也爱你。”她回道。“噢,那太好了,”我开始逗弄她,“那么,我爱你更多。”她的眼睛瞬间发亮,因为她意识到了这是另外一场“那么,我更爱你”比赛开始的暗示。“嗯呃,”她笑道,“我最爱你了。”“我对你的爱比火山还要大!”我在这场爱的较量中用了一句最受欢迎的家庭语句迎战。“但是,妈妈,我对你的爱可以从这儿延伸到中国。”这是她从我们街道上新搬来的邻居那儿听来的国家名字。我们用这些美言你来我往地斗了几个回合。“我爱你胜过爱花生酱。”“我爱你胜过爱泡泡糖。”又轮到我了,我决定使出撒手锏。“我爱你超越整个宇宙!”每次用这招都会胜出的。然而,在这天,阿曼达没有打算放弃。我可以看出她在思考。“妈妈,”她用温和的声音说道,“我爱你胜过爱我自己。”

① taunted taunt 的过去式 taunt 英 [t??nt] 美 [t?nt] vt. 奚落;逗弄 n. 嘲弄;讥讽 adj. 很高的

② lit light 的过去式 light up v. 照亮;点亮 eg. The pressure lamp lit up the tent. 汽灯照亮了帐篷。

③ cue 英 [kju?] 美 [kju] n. 提示,暗示;线索 vt. 给……暗示

④ countered counter 的过去式 counter 英['ka?nt?] 美['ka?nt?] vt. 反击,还击;反向移动,对着干;反驳,回答

⑤ volleyed volley 的过去式 volley 英 ['v?l?] 美 ['vɑli] vt. 截击;齐发;连声发出

vi. 截击;齐鸣;进行群射 n. 齐射;齐射出的子弹;凌空状态

⑥ back and forth 反复地,来回地 eg. Switching between these states allows Grier to move objects back and

forth. 格里尔通过转换这些状态来实现向前和向后移动物体。