Twenty-five is an embarrassing age for asingle Chinese girl, and that is exactly how old I am. Thanks to my sweet mom and the great pressure she put on me to find her a son-in-law, my life is not too boring.
My mom and I are very close friends. We started to talk over the phone on a daily basis after I came to Beijing forwork three years ago. I tell her about my daily life and ask for her opinion when I have questions about life and work. However, I stopped doing so when she began to answer all of my questions with "that is because you don’t have a boyfriend."
embarrassing /?m?bær?s??/adj. 使人尴尬的，令人为难的
pressure /?pre??(r)/n. 压力
basis /?be?s?s/n. 基础;主要成分
opinion /??p?nj?n/n. 意见，主张
This practice reached a fever pitch when I went home during the recent National Day holidays. She became really excited and took me to a secret place which, according to her, could perhaps change my future. Later, I found that the place belongs to a so-called fortune teller, who predicted that I would probably meet the one I was meant to be with this winter. If not, I’d have to wait another two years. My mom got a bit anxious and asked if there is any way to secure my boyfriend this winter, and the fortune teller suggested that I put a bunch of flowers or a piece of amethyst on the west wall of my room.
pitch /p?t?/ n. 音高;场地;最高点
National Day /?næ?n?l/ 国庆
belong /b??l??/ v. 属于;是…的成员
fortune /?f?:t?u:n/n. 幸运;(某人的)命运
predict /pr??d?kt/ v. 预言，预测
probably /?pr?b?bli/adv. 大概;或许;很可能
anxious /?æ?k??s/adj. 焦急的;渴望的
secure /s??kj??(r)/ v. 保护;(使)获得;担保
suggest /s??d?est/ v. 暗示;建议，提议
amethyst /?æm?θ?st/n. 紫晶;紫水晶
On our way home my mom kept saying that I definitely cannot wait, or it would be too late to find a nice man, as once I hit a certain age, my best years are behind me. Over the next few days, she pestered me to buy flowers and amethyst immediately after I return to Beijing.
Also, just like I thought, after I got back to work, everything she said to me over the phone began with, "Did you buy it and put in the right place?"
I love my mom, and I fully understand her worry, but I can’t agree with her.
definitely /?def?n?tli/adv. 明确地;一定地
certain /?s?:tn/adj. 某一;必然的
pester /?pest?(r)/v. 纠缠;使烦恼
immediately /??mi:di?tli/adv. 立即，马上
understand /??nd??stænd/v. 懂，理解
The social custom has stamped so many labels on us, "older woman," "leftover," "single dog" and so on, which makes it even harder to be true to ourselves. But if you can’t be who you really are, then you’re just pretending to live your life, which is the real tragedy.
Twenty-five is just an age, 30 is also good. As long as you feel happy and comfortable, each year could be the best age.
Whatever change may happen in this world,something like my own happiness should never be compromised. At least, for me,being alone but not lonely is the best state of my life.
stamp /stæmp/ v. 标记;盖章于…
label /?le?bl/n. 标签;称标记，符号
leftover /?left??v?(r)/n. 剩余物;剩女;剩斗士
pretend /pr??tend/ v. 装扮;假装
tragedy /?træd??di/n. 悲剧，惨剧
comfortable /?k?mft?bl/adj. 舒适的;安逸的
compromise /?k?mpr?ma?z/v. 折中解决;妥协，退让
state /ste?t/ n. 状况，情况