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The 50-Percent Theory of Life(九年级阅读)  

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        I believe in the50-percent theory.Half the timethings are better than normal;the other half,they are worse.I believe life is a pendulum(摆锤)swing.It takes time and experience to understand what normal is,and that gives me the perspective to deal with the surprises of the future.
  Let’s benchmark(检测)the parameters(起限定作用的因素):yes,I will die.I’ve dealt with the deaths of both parents,a best friend,a beloved boss and cherished pets.Some of these deaths have been vio-lent,before my eyes,or slowand agonizing(令人痛苦的).Bad stuff,and it belongs at the bottom of the scale(天平).
  Then there are those high points:romance and marriage to the right person;having a child and do-ing those Dad things like coaching my son’s baseball team,paddling(划船)around the creek in the boat while he’s swimming with the dogs,discovering his compassion so deep it manifests(显示)even in his kindness to snails,his imagination so vivid he builds a spaceship froma scattered pile of Legos.
  But there is a vast meadow of life in the middle,where the bad and the good flip-flop acrobati-cally(像表演杂技似的).This is what convinces me to believe in the50-percent theory.
  One spring I planted corn too early in a bottom-land so flood-prone(易遭洪水的)that neighbors laughed.I felt chagrined(懊恼的)at the wasted ef-fort.Summer turned brutal—the worst heat wave and drought in my lifetime.The air-conditioning died;the well went dry;the marriage ended;the job lost;the money gone.Only a surging Kansas City Royals team(堪萨斯城皇家队,是美国职棒大联盟中隶属于美国联盟的一支棒球队伍)lifted my spirits.Looking back on that horrible summer,I soon understood that all succeeding good things merely offset the bad.Worse than normal wouldn’t last long.I am owed and savor the good times.They reinvigorate(给……新的活力)me for the next sur-prise and offer assurance of future thriving.
  For that blistering(极热的)summer,the ground moisture(湿度)was just right,planting early al-lowed pollination(授粉)before heat withered the tops,and the lack of rain spared the standing corn fromfloods.That winter my crib(粮仓)overflowed with corn—fat,healthy ears(穗)filled with kernels (颗粒)fromheel to tip—while my neighbors’fields yielded only brown,empty husks(空壳).
  Although plantings past may have fallen below the50-percent expectation,and they probably will again in the future,I am still sustained by the crop that flourished during the drought.
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