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2017-02-15 字型: 列印

《中英對照讀新聞》Hospice patient gets her wish to snuggle with a basket of kittens 臨終病患如願以償,與一籃子小貓相依偎

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Happiness is ...

快樂是…

When Carol Heizman was asked to finish that thought, the cat lover didn’t have to think twice. Happiness is snuggling with a basket full of kittens.

當卡蘿.海茲曼被要求完成該想法時,愛貓的她不必多加思索。快樂就是與一整籃子的小貓相依偎。

The people who asked her that question — the folks at Groves Community Hospice in Kansas City where Heizman is a resident — knew who could make that wish come true.

問她這個問題的人—海茲曼居住的堪薩斯市葛洛夫斯社區安寧照護中心的員工—知道誰可以讓該願望實現。

On Monday the Great Plains SPCA took five kittens to visit Heizman. Four of the babies, just six weeks old, came from the same litter. The lone black cat, only four weeks old, came from another. Heizman grinned at the five fur babies. "Look at all those cute little guys," she said. "Oh, they’re so precious."

週一時,「北美大平原區防止虐待動物協會(SPCA)」人員帶了5隻小貓拜訪海茲曼,其中4隻只有6週大,都來自同一窩小貓,而唯一的黑貓僅4週大,則是來自另一窩的貓。海茲曼對這5隻毛寶貝露齒微笑。「看看那些可愛的小傢伙,」她說,「喔,牠們是如此寶貴。」

The hospice has been busy trying to fulfill residents’ wishes through its "Happiness Is" project. The requests have been mostly simple ones, said Rhonda Sullivan, community relations coordinator for GC Hospice. Right now she’s working on one resident’s request to hear classical piano music.

安寧照護中心忙於透過「快樂是?」計畫,試圖實現入住患者的願望。相關要求多半是簡單心願,該中心社區關係協調員蘇利文說。目前她致力達成一名患者聆賞古典鋼琴音樂的要求。

The Renaissance Festival donated tickets for another man who wanted to go with his family, but the patient died before that could happen. Now his family plans to go the festival together in his honor, Sullivan said.

「文藝復興節」主辦單位捐贈另一名希望與家人一同參加該活動的男子入場券,但在成行前患者病逝。現在,他的家人計畫一同參加該節慶,以紀念他,蘇利文說。

新聞辭典

get one’s wish:如願以償、願望實現。例句:She got her wish, a new bike.(她得到想要的東西—一部新單車。)

snuggle:依偎、緊抱。例句:The kittens snuggled up to their mother.(貓咪們緊挨著母貓。)

in one’s honor:紀念、向…致意。例句:Her students compiled and published her essays in her honor.(她的學生彙編並出版她的論文,以向她致上敬意。)

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