Thanks for Taking Care of Me
Like most elementary schools, it was typical to have a parade of students in and out of the health clinic throughout the day. As principal, my office was right next door to the clinic, so I often dropped in to lend a hand and 16 out with hugs.
One morning I was putting a Band-Aid on little Mary’s bloody knee and I
17 that she was shivering in her thin little shirt. I found her a warm sweater and helped her pull it on. “Thanks for 18 me,” she whispered.
It wasn’t long after that when cancer invaded me. I considered whether or not to tell the students about my 19 . The word cancer seemed so frightening. When it became evident that the children were going to find out one way or another, I 20 to tell them myself. The empathy and 21 I saw in their faces told me I had made the right decision. When I gave them a 22 to ask questions, they 23 wanted to know how they could help. I told them that what I would like best would be their letters, pictures and prayers.
Little Mary threw herself into my arms and looked up into my face. “Don’t be afraid, Dr. Perry,” she said earnestly, “It’s our 24 to take care of you.”
No one 25 have ever done a better job. The kids sent me a book they had written and a video of every class in the school singing get-well songs. When I would have an operation, the letters and pictures 26 coming until they covered every wall of my room. What healing 27 I found in being surrounded by their caring!
At long last I was 28 enough to return to work. As I headed up the road to the school, I was suddenly overcome by 29 . If the kids have forgotten all about me, what should I do? 30 they don’t want a skinny bald principal? Then I caught sight of the school marquee “Welcome Back, Dr. Perry,” it read. As I
31 closer, everywhere I looked were pink ribbons. 32 flooded over me.
Little Mary was first in line to 33 me. “Dr. Perry, you’re back!” she called. “See, I told you we’d take care of you!”
What an amazing day! I didn’t look for or expect anything in 34 when I helped them, but when they did return the favor, it was an enormous and positive
16．A．help B．watch C．take D．rush
17．A．agreed B．noticed C．thought D．predicted
18．A．listening to B．playing with C．calling on D．taking care of
19．A．opinion B．difference C．disease D．experience
20．A．regretted B．decided C．promised D．hesitated
21．A．concern B．trust C．pleasure D．fear
22．A．challenge B．change C．chance D．choice
23．A．also B．hardly C．mostly D．even
24．A．idea B．lesson C．duty D．turn
25．A．could B．should C．need D．must
26．A．stopped B．kept C．started D．delayed
27．A．prayers B．warnings C．comfort D．welcome
28．A．brave B．prepared C．confident D．well
29．A．curiosity B．pride C．doubts D．difficulties
30．A．What for B．What if C．How come D．How often
31．A．stood B．grew C．stayed D．drew
32．A．Relief B．Disappointment C．Pain D．Surprise
33．A．greet B．thank C．amuse D．tease
34．A．time B．return C．mind D．order
35．A．effect B．attitude C．contribution D．bonus
16. A 17. B 18. D 19. C 20. B 21. A 22. C 23. C 24. D 25. A
26. B 27. C 28. D 29. C 30. B 31. D 32. A 33. A 34. B 35. D