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awe, bulge, clasp, financial, including, learned, occasionally, recall, shield, stunned

A priceless Mother's Day gift

A fancy store and a fancier purse become a treasured memory for two families.
By Miles Corwin
May 12, 2013

source: Los Angeles Times

"One spring, when I was 10, during one of my father's layoffs, I could tell my mother was dispirited," writes Miles Corwin. "I decided that I would cheer her up by buying her a special Mother's Day gift." (Los Angeles Times)

The first time my mother made leg of lamb, she never connected the two events. The second time, she thought it was a coincidence. The third time, she knew it was a curse. Every time she prepared leg of lamb, my father was laid off a few days later. The first time it was for a few weeks; the second time for a few months; the third time for more than a year.

My father had a union job at a film-processing lab, and layoffs — and eventual rehirings — were common during the 1960s. He was laid off a few more times, but never after eating leg of lamb. My mother never served the dish again.

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 connected第三級[形容詞] 有關連的;連在一起的; connect(連接,連結) 的過去式及過去分詞
 curse第四級[動詞] 詛咒,咒罵; [名詞] 咒語;詛咒
 eventual第四級[形容詞] 最後的;結果的
 fancier第三級fancy(花俏的;特級的) 的比較級
 fancy第三級[形容詞] 花俏的;特級的; [動詞] 想像;猜想;愛慕(異性); [名詞] 愛好;迷戀;想像;怪念頭
 lab第四級[名詞] 實驗室,研究室
 processing第三級process(加工沖洗(膠卷)) 的現在分詞
 union第三級[名詞] 工會;結合