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    gift or lesson?

    Which should I choose in this filling-in passage (the other blanks have been completed and my question is how to fill in the last blank).

    Learning to Accept

    I learned how to accept life as it is from my father. However,he did not teach me acceptance when he was strong and healthy. but rather when he was weak and ill.

    My father was once a strong man who loved being active, but a terrible illness took all that away. Now he can no longer walk,and he must sit quietly in a chair all day. Even talking is difficult. One night, I went to visit him with my sisters, we started talking about life, and I told them about one of my beliefs. I said that we must always things up as we grow--our youth, our beauty, our friends--but it always seems that after we give something up, we gain something new in its place. Then suddenly my father spoke up. He said, "But, Peter. I gave up everything! What did I gain?” I thought and thought, but I could not think of anything to say. Surprisingly he answered his own question: "I gain the love of my family. ” I looked at my sisters, and saw tears in their eyes, along with hope and thankfulness.

    I was also touched by his words. After that , when I began to feel irritated (愤怒的)at someone. I would remember his words and become calm . If he could replace his great pain with a feeling of live for others, then I should be able to give up my small irritations. In this way, I learned the power of acceptance from my father.

    Sometimes I wonder what other things I could have learned from him if I had listened more carefully when I was a boy. For now, though, I am grateful for this one gift/lesson.

    At the end of the passage, which word is better to complete the text? The given answer is 'gift', but I read the first sentence of this last paragraph contains 'what other thins I could have learned from him' and thought 'lesson' would be better. Am I right?

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 16-Feb-2009 at 03:49. Reason: Get help.


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    Re: gift or lesson?

    In this way, I learned the power of acceptance from my father.
    Sometimes I wonder what other things I could have learned from him if I had listened more carefully when I was a boy. For now, though, I am grateful for this one lesson.

    The writer 'listened' to these words of his father, and learned from them -hence, 'lesson'.

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