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Susan暑假作文日常杂记(9)--参观芝加哥工业与科学博物馆

 

芝加哥工业与科学博物馆

 

Susan著,小哭译

 

今天真是棒极了!虽然很累,但是很开心。我们(妈妈、弟弟和我)下午去了芝加哥科学与工业博物馆,因为我们没有别的事儿去做,又恰好是个免费日。为了讲故事方便,我们就管它叫科学博物馆吧,它的原名太长了。

 

不管怎么说,象我刚才说的,我们去了科学博物馆。今天是周一,所以博物馆不是超级地拥挤(因为老师要给学生打分,所以我们今天不上学),但也不是说空旷无人。当我刚到那里时,我真的很惊讶于博物馆的大小。我所见到的所有的一切就是一个空间探索的展厅而已。我真的已经使劲儿地往远处看了,难道就是这个!这是真的?这就是科学与工业博物馆?它应该比这个大啊!(译者注:五年前我们曾经去过那里,有点印象的。)

 

我没有在这个事情上多想,因为就算是这么小,它也是相当地酷!在航天飞机控制室有游戏、还有航天飞机复制品、可遥控的火星漫游者,还有许多我当时玩过的但是现在想不起来叫什么名字的东西了。我最喜欢的是球幕剧场。我刚刚赶上一个关于人造卫星碰撞所带来的宇宙碎片的片子。电影棒极了!

 

以前,我总是以为太空就是这么广阔、空旷地在那运转着、运转着……运转着,好像跟我以及我的生活没有一点关系一样。然而,这个科普片改变了我对太空的看法,或者说得更具体一点,改变了我对于绕地卫星轨道空间的看法。现在我知道,那里充满了气象卫星、通信卫星、“死”卫星以及别的我们日常生活中使用的其它卫星。卫星间也充满了宇宙垃圾和碰撞碎片。然后,这个片子从大体上谈了谈空间垃圾,以及整个宇宙是怎么碰撞后再合并在一起的。最后介绍了一个天文学家的预测,在几十亿或万亿年后,地球也将有一个如土星般的环儿来围绕着它。

 

我不是很理解为什么要管这个剧场叫“欧尼麦克斯”,不是“艾麦克斯”。这两个剧场有什么不同?嗯,反正这事儿也没有什么关系。等我们基本上看完了空间探索展厅,我开始迷惑于还能到哪里去参观呢?科学博物馆就是这样的了?这就是全部的博物馆?幸运的是,非也。妈妈建议我去拿个地图,过了一会儿,我“哇!”了一声,恍然大悟。原来这里有三个楼层,这个科学展厅不过是整栋大楼的一个小房间而已!穿过隧道般的走廊,我们离开了这间黑暗、单色、以宇宙空间为主题的展厅,来到了一个明亮、欢快的叫做“变换视角”的展厅。我搞不清楚这个展厅到底是关于什么东西的,因为除了仅有的一些窗户显示着不同的场景,里面有一些人在做着一些事情以外,还有的就是墙上有一首诗问你是否你能在窗户里找到一些东西。如果我有时间去看介绍,可能就知道这到底是干什么的了。但是妈妈走得相当地快,我不得不跟着她。

 

我们快速地穿过了一个马戏表演展厅,根本就没有时间去读点什么!要知道我热爱马戏表演!原来我妈妈很饿,想在看展览之前,找一个可以吃点东西的地方。于是我问她,我们是否一会儿还会回到马戏表演展厅,好好地欣赏一下。她说不,我很震惊!为什么不?她告诉我因为博物馆很大,我们没有足够的时间,所以她想先到处看看,我们不能在一个地方呆得太久。我认为我们不应该那样。我说我情愿好好地看几个展览,也不想穿过所有的展厅最后一个也没有搞明白。我想妈妈那时很烦燥,或对我或什么事儿很气恼,因为她回答我的问题语句很短,语调也很生气似的。我当时不能、现在也还是不能理解我是怎么惹着她了,我也不能理解为什么她认为跳过所有的东西什么也学不到,好过认真地看点什么。

 

好了,最后,我自己回去看了马戏展览,我真喜欢这个展览!等我看完后回去时,妈妈和弟弟已经吃完了东西。妈妈想去楼上看看,我更吃惊了!她怎么能这样!这层楼还有更多的东西去看看。最后,我试着去劝她看看农场技术展。她的态度让我有一点不知所措。她看起来真的很烦,我又不能明白为什么。当我们看完了这部分,她走向了电梯,我问她是否我们将要去看看这层楼别的展览,我也确实很想去看。她没有说行和不行,只是用很烦的声音让我带路。我真的搞不懂她是怎么回事儿,最后我懒得管了,只是希望我不要再惹着她,好在随后她的心情好了起来。我还是非常地喜欢这个展览的。

 

我们基本上跳过了二楼的展览,去了阳台层,卡卡,就是第三层。那里有四个主要分区,分别是关于人体、暴风雨、模拟闪电和飞机的。我们直接走到了飞机分区,然后回到了人体分区。我对这些非常地有兴趣儿,并且观看了那儿的所有游戏。那有一种游戏,你和你的伙伴儿试着用你们的脑电波去移动一个球儿(你在头上要戴一个头盔样的东西),谁更放松谁赢。我没有去试,但那个看起来相当地有趣儿!

 

在那个区域还有无数的小小游戏或展览,有一些是关于食物和节食的,还有一些是关于身体和神经的,另外一些是关于人们的情绪和很多很多方面的。这些我全都喜欢,但是过了一会儿我累了,就觉得呆够了。我已经在博物馆里走了几个小时了,这个展区已经没有什么更多的东西值得看了,我们准备回家。但是就在这时,我们看到了一个之前没有注意到的展览,是关于宝宝和怀孕的,于是我们决定看完这个视频后再回家。这个视频只有几分钟,但我觉得非常地棒!我一直都很想知道细胞是怎么就变成了一个人的,我们健康课上学的东西没有讲清楚这事儿。我终于看到了细胞是怎么变成的心和肺,大脑是怎么样开始第一次工作的,胎儿是如何在水中呼吸的……太令人惊叹了!这又使我意识到,我们的上帝是多么地神奇和伟大啊!他创造了一个这么奇妙的过程去产生新生命。

 

视频演完后,我们并没有回家,而是去参观了暴风雨展厅。这个展厅是关于风、暴风雨和其它相当相当酷的东西的,比如像电和闪电这些。他们甚至为我们重造了闪电,发出的一声巨响吓坏了我的弟弟。他以为是真的来闪电了呢!最后,我们真的都非常地累了,就回家了。

 

回程相当地不错。一路上我都在听1D的歌儿,真是棒极了!参观了这么久,这么乏累,能够好好地放松下来真是太好了。我等不及再去参观一次了!

 

 

【小哭介绍背景】这是刚放假时发生的事情,开始译的时候觉得这文章太长,不想译。可是译到现在,回头看也不觉得长了,还是拿过来译了吧。

 

看到Susan文中提到我的情绪,我现在觉得很内疚,和每一个表现不好的日子一样,晚上会一边反省一边内疚着。想想吧,为什么带她去博物馆呢?不就是希望她开心快乐地学点知识、长点见识吗?为什么当时表现得那么烦燥呢?

 

其实我还记得原因。首先是自己的问题。我车技很差,没开过高速,也没有开过远路。而去博物馆,如果不开车,因为没有地铁,长途火车加上转一两趟汽车,再走近半个小时的路,大热的天,我想就算是我们能够到达,也没有办法顺利地回来,必竟还要再拖着一个三岁的小朋友呢。为防晒,为防雨,加上为了省钱要带的食物和饮料,还有防止小宝不肯走路带的推车(他非要走路时又成了负担),让我觉得还是开车更可行。

 

开车太难了!我从来没有跟过车去那里,想想进城都怕。可是,思来想去,觉得只有上班日才有的免费开放日,再不利用,我们就更难给孩子有个参观的机会了。Susan请求我今年夏天留在美国,不就是让我给她一个美国式的暑假吗?我答应了,我总得做点啥啊!于是我一路提心吊胆,开错了几个路口,恨透了GPS反应迟钝,又幸运它没有突然间坏掉,最后总算是惊魂未定地来到了博物馆。停车场没有人,自动投币机不好用,要求刷卡最后却吐不出来单据,Susan还不停地在车里喊我,说小宝找我,我都要崩溃了。这些过程Susan一点也不关心,她还沉浸在听1D歌声的快乐里呢。

 

再话说孩子们早晨起床时间不一样(让Susan早睡除非杀了她,她知道早睡的好处但就是做不到,想早起也就成了空谈),大家早饭时间不一样,兴趣点也不一样,我必须得把小宝喂饱才能带Susan参观。同时我也必须得保证参观时小宝不哭闹。相差九岁的孩子,不可能有共同的兴奋点。我想快速地过一遍,然后决定怎么参观才能保证同时满足两个孩子的需求。要知道,我当时的状态并不好,我还在开车的惊魂中。

 

这边Susan一到博物馆,一向对科学很感兴趣、也对很多新事情都充满了好奇心与求知欲的她简直是看一个爱一个,哪里还能顾得上小宝的午饭。她兴奋的样子我一点也不陌生,在波士顿生活时,我曾经带着他们两个看过很多的博物馆,每次都是以Susan为主,那时小宝很小,一岁都不到,我把他放在一个小推车里,他乖到给吃给换纸尿裤后就根本不哭闹(那时类似的家庭只有Susan有机会参加那么多的课后活动和参观,就是因为小宝乖得不可思议),所以,Susan习惯了一切都以她为中心的那种模式。可是现在小宝长大了,他走不快也想走、看不懂也想看、够不着也要够啊,得不到满足他就会闹啊。在波士顿时我们住在城边上,坐地铁走点路就可以到博物馆的,那时一路上我和Susan边走边聊心情多愉快啊。哪象现在,我又累又怕的下了车,马上又要应付小宝的吃喝拉撒,事实上我也饿,因为Susan吃完了早午饭,她是不饿了,可我们饿啊。她太习惯于在博物馆里一切都为她为中心了,当然那是曾经的生活模式留下来的习惯,可我现在又太不满意于她一点都不考虑我和小宝的需求了,模式变了啊。

 

这能怪Susan吗?我平时就没有培养她去主动关心别人啊,其实也培养不了啊,或说她生来的性格就是喜欢沉浸在自己感兴趣儿的事物中,非常地不会察言观色,她能看出来我的情绪已经不错了,怎么可能再搞清楚为什么呢?我应该告诉她!可是我当时心情坏透了,觉得这个孩子怎么这么自私呢?我当时使劲地控制着自己不去批评她,我脸色肯定不好看,可是我也只能做到那样了,我多么地想教训她一顿啊!

 

我知道我该干啥,可是我做不到。我告诉自己今天的目的在哪里,我不要被一些小事蒙住了眼。所以,Susan说我慢慢地心情就好起来了。因为那种开车的怕和累慢慢地淡了,小宝也不饿了。我们在三楼也找到了小宝也可以玩的东西了。终于正常了。可是Susan老是希望我陪着她看,陪着她玩,她无视小宝的存在和需求,小宝比她更是每一分钟都需要我的关注,并且我也必须得关注小宝啊。让Susan自己搞定游戏伙伴儿,她就说她不是非常地想玩了。唉。那个脑电波游戏,一想我就难过,Susan就是非要和我一起玩,不肯和不认识的人玩儿。

 

回头想想,我最应该做的,是跟Susan解释清楚当时的情况,可是,人就是这么地有局限!或说我就是这么地差劲儿!当时我被情绪左右着,我很烦,我只能做到不吱声,少说话,因为我觉得我再说点什么,就肯定是要训她只顾自己的兴趣了。唉,这也是为什么,一看心桥的文章我就对号对座,就觉得自己是那么地不合格,同时也觉得自己身为人是那么地渺小,明知有缺点,也知道该如何改正,但是却改不了。类似的缺点还有一堆堆…….

 

 当天晚上我读完这篇小文,就老是想着以后一定和Susan在里面一起玩游戏,一定要玩那个脑电波的游戏。可是,如果过程再重复,我想我也还是没有玩游戏的可能性,除非有人帮我带小宝,或者等小宝大了再说。忘记了当晚是否马上跟Susan道歉了,如果没有,我也肯定是解释了原因了。之后的两周之内,我们很快地就又去了一趟科学博物馆和水族馆,当然,都是趁着上班日的那种免费开放日。虽然我也一样地害怕开车进城,不过那种恐怖的感觉差了不少。可是每次回到家,我还是觉得又累又怕。回程是下班时间,人多车多,加上修路以及不知道为什么就封了的路口,都导致不熟路的我,一天开完两个多小时的国道后,心里总是怕怕的感觉。我曾经在博客中说,“母爱的力量真是巨大的”。我想象不出来,还有什么原因会让我有勇气去开这种车。之前我突破开车只开十几分钟的原因,是搬家后不得不回橡树园,继续送小宝去上学。那时老公很担忧,可我眼都没眨,说放心吧,我慢慢开,你高速十几分钟,我国道开半个小时总行了吧?

 

其实,Susan在文中提到的一些观点,我都挺赞成的。我们以前办过波士顿科学博物馆的会员卡,我曾经周五的会员日晚上带着她一个展厅一个展厅参观,她每看过一个展厅就在地图上标注一下,回家就写一篇作文……我自己并不喜欢走马观花似的参观,可我这次还是给她留下了这么一个坏印象。还有她因着对人体的了解,而对造物主所产生的赞美之情,也令我欣慰。我也还记得小宝被闪电吓着的样子,回想起来是多么地温馨啊!我和Susan一起保护并安慰着小宝的情形……

 

看着孩子们成长的日子,也是和他们一起成长的日子。很多时候就是例行公事般,当然有的时候则觉得很幸福很快乐,甚至都幸福得不得了了:)但是还是会有不少的时候觉得很烦燥,必竟把时间用来提高自我更可控、也更有成就感,必竟我奋斗了那么多年,总算是找到并占据了一个我那么热爱的领域!而带孩子则常常会有挫败感和无力感。可是,人生不是自己可以完全掌控的,我烦的时候会劝自己,这样的生活也是多少人渴望的,要知足感恩,要珍惜。必竟一家人终于团聚了,这也是我必须得为之付出的代价,有得总要有失,我就一普通小百姓,我凭什么同时拥有中美两边的好处?

 

五年多的全职主妇生活,还是没有炼成一个自己心目中的好妈妈形象。面对孩子的第一反应,常常不是我想要的那个反应。我在努力地学习当个好妈妈,尽量让我的第二反应来指挥我的嘴巴和行动。虽然真的很难,但我会很努力很努力很努力的……请上帝来帮助我。 

 

附上英文原文:

 

Museum of Science & Industry of Chicago

 

Today was awesome! Really tiring, but awesome. We (my mom, my brother, and I) went to the Museum of Science & Industry of Chicago this afternoon, because we had nothing else to do, and it was a free day there. For the sake of the story, let’s just call it the Science Museum. It’s original name is way too long.

 

Anyway, as I was saying, we went to the science museum. Today was a Monday, so the museum wasn’t super crowded (I had no school today because it’s grading day for the teachers), but it wasn’t deserted either. When we first got there, I was really surprised by the size of the museum. All I saw was an exhibit on space exploration, and as far as I could see, that was it! Really? That’s the Museum of Science & Industry? There’s got to be more than that!

 

I didn’t investigate much further on that subject, though, because as small as the place was, it was really cool! There were games on space shuttle control, space shuttle replicas, remote controled Mars Rovers, and a lot more that I played around with but can’t remember the name of. My favorite was the Omnimax Theater. I was just in time for a film about debris in space due to collisions of man-made satallites. It was awesome!

 

Before, I always though of space as this vast, empty place out there that goes on and on and on, and that it had nothing to do with me or my life. However, this presentation changed my view on space, or more specificly, the space around Earth’s orbit. I now realize that it’s filled with weather satellites, communication satellites, “dead” satellites, and other satellites that we use in our daily life. And it’s also filled with junk and debri from collisions between satellites. And then, the film talked about space junk in general, and how entire galaxies collide and fuse together. By one astronomer’s prediction, Earth would have a ring around it like Saturn does in a few billion or trillion years.

 

I didn’t really understand why it was called “Omnimax”, not “Imax”. How are those two different? Oh well, that doesn’t really matter. After we explored more of the space exploration exhibit, I was confused as to where to go. Is this it? This is all? Fortunately, no it wasn’t. My mom suggested I get a map, and after a few moments, I was like “OH!”. There are actually three floors to this place, and the science exhibit is just one small room out of the whole building! Following the tunnle-like hallway, we exited the dark, monochromatic, space-themed rooms into a bright and jaunty exhibit called “Eye Spy”. I’m not sure what it was really about, other than just some windows showing various scenes of people doing something, and a poem on the wall asking you if you can find these things in the windows. If I had time to read more, I probably would’ve know what it was really about, but my mom was walking really fast, so I had to follow.

 

We zoomed through a circus exhibit so fast I didn’t even have time to read anything at all! And I love circuses! It turned out that my mom was hungry, and was trying to find somewhere to eat before seeing the exhibits. So, I asked her if we were going to go back to the circus place later to fully appreciate it. She said no, and I was surprised! Why not? She told me that it was because the museum is very big, and we don’t have much time, so she want to see everything, and we can’t stay for too long at one place. I didn’t think we should do that. I said I would rather explore completely a few exhibits than zoom through and not understand all of them. I think my mom was irratated or annoyed at me or something, because her responses to my questioning was very short and said in an angry tone. I couldn't, and still can’t, understand how I upsetted her, and I can’t understand why she thinks skimming everything and learning nothing is better than fully understanding something.

 

Well, in the end, I went back by myself to look at the circus exhibit, and I loved it! By the time I got back, my mom and my brother have finished eating. My mom wanted to go upstairs, and I was evern more shocked! How can she!? There’s still a LOT more on this floor to look at. Finally, I managed to convince her to look at the Farm Technology exhibit. I was a bit flustered as to what to do because of her attitude. She seemed really annoyed, and I couldn’t understand why. When we finished that part, she headed for the elevators, and I asked her if we were going to see this other exhibit I really want to see. She didn’t say yes or no, just asked in a very annoyed voice for me to lead the way. It was really hard for me to tell how she’s feeling, and I finally gave up trying, and just hope I didn’t upset her. But I still enjoyed the exhibits a lot, and it seems like her mood improved as we moved on.

 

We somehow skipped the second floor, and moved on to the Balcony Level, aka third floor. There were four main sections, the part about the human body, about storms, flight simulators, and airplanes. We headed straight for the airplane section, and then headed back to the human body section. I had lots of fun exploring and looking at all the games there. There was this game where you and a partner try to move a ball with your brain waves (you wear a helmet thing aorund your head). The one who’s more relaxed wins. I didn’t try it, but it looked like fun!

 

There’s a million other mini game/exhibits in that section, some about food and dieting, some about our body and nerves, some about our emotions and a bunch more. I liked all of them, but after a while I started to get really tired and bored. I had been walking around the museum for hours, and there’s nothing more to look at in that section. We were all ready to go home, but then, we saw this place about babies and pregnacy that we didn’t notice before, and decided that after finishing the video that’s playing, we’ll go home. The video was only a few minutes, but I think it was really good! I had always wondered how a few cells actually turns into a human being, and what they taugh us in Health Class was really vague. Finally, I see how the cells turn into hearts and lungs, and how the brain first starts working, and how the fetus can breath water…it was so facinating! And it made me realize, again, just how amazing and great our God is to have created such a wonderful process of creating new life.

 

After the video, we didn’t go home. Instead, we visited the storms exhibit. It talked about wind and storms and other really really cool stuff, like electricity and lightning. They even re-created lightning for us, and it made a super loud noise and scared my brother. He thought it was real lightning! Finally, we were all really tired, and finally went home.

 

The car ride back home was actually pretty good too. I listened to One Direction all the way home, and it was amazing! Really relaxing, and a great way for me to wind down after a long and tiring (but still awesome!) day. I can’t wait to go back!

 

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司马冰的头像
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孩子们学写作文,写长也是一种写作能力的培养,所以不怕长。等能写的长了之后,再交给他如何围绕中心描述、删改、精炼。能写这么长的文章,赞!

 
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谢谢外星!!!有一个牧师告诉过我们,如果孩子能够把作文简化成一段话或一句话,那就是会写作文!当时我和老公互相看了一眼,然后告诉牧师说:Susan的作文都是先列好了题纲再写的,让她把作文简化成几句话,实在太便宜了她:)我们那会儿训练的是让她把作文写长。几年下来,现在真的是长了,长得我已经受不了了。去年帮她找了一个曾经在高中当过四十年英文老师的教友,人家只给Susan一个忠告:划掉所有这样的句子,没有它们读者也知道你在说啥。可是昨天和她交流时,她也提出了异议,她说妈妈,有的一个意思用几个句子说,不仅仅表达了意思,还表达了情绪,表达了强调之意!晚上刚刚开过家长会,见了她的各科老师,准备和她的英语老师再联系一次,看看她的老师有什么建议。作文和数学不同,不能用对错来判断,对我这种英文已经跟不上趟的家长,只能帮孩子找老师,没有更好的招了。

 
司马冰的头像
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牧师的话只能说是一家之言。如果把一篇作文简化成一段话或者一句话,那叫归纳能力。如果把一句话或一段话展开叙述为一篇文章,描述出情境、细节,那才叫写作文。将来可以训练孩子,自己把自己写的东西精炼,比如写了800字,让她缩写为500字、400字,她就得有取舍,去粗取精。无论怎么说13岁的孩子写出这么长文章也是写作能力强。还有注意她,车轱辘话不要说,不要重复,不要啰嗦。

 
周小哭的头像
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是的,暑假的作文,明显地啰嗦起来了,一个多月,就从一千多字写上三千了,我跟她说写成这样已经让人怀疑她是否在写给读者看了,她是否知道自己到底想要告诉读者点什么了。不知道这是不是写作的必经阶段?之前跟波士顿的写作老师的沟通,全部是鼓励为主,那时他们小,要求低;去年的教友给的指导,让我意识到了Susan写作上啰嗦的问题,可是没有针对性地做点什么。写到现在,我自己已经无法容忍她这样写下去了。虽说拿出来的是初稿,她根本不肯改稿,但是,我发现了一个现象,就是要她的题纲,她越来越拿不出来;或直接承认她没有按题纲来,她写的过程中没理题纲。虽然对此我很不满意,可是她偶尔就说“妈妈你觉得写得不好,那是你英文不够好才这样想”,所以,我知道我没有权威,得找到她认可的人来教才行:(

最好的时间段过去了,要等再放寒假才有时间做大量的写作了。我还有几个月的时间准备,希望可以和她的老师建立起联系,让老师直接指点她;另外再到哪里去找到适合的志愿者,还真不好找。为她祷告吧。

 
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