My father and I disagreed about curfew (晚间在家的时间). He’d say I was to be in by 9:30 on weekdays, and 11:00 on weekends, no exceptions without my first
asking. I told him it made me 36 like a junior-high kid. He explained that while a curfew 37 sound like a restriction, it’s really about people looking out for one another.
The very next Friday after that pretty heated 38 , my dad and I had tickets to see our town’s professional football game. On that day he was 39 to a nearby
city to meet with some major clients and 40 me that his getting home and our leaving for the game would be tight.
To make sure we could 41 off the moment he walked in, I got everything prepared. When a half hour had passed from the time he said he’d be home, I
understood that he was a little 42 . But then, nearly a whole hour passed. I was getting 43 . We were going to miss the kick-off! And why hadn’t he 44 me
and let me know he was going to be really late? As I anxiously 45 the floor, another half hour passed. That’s when I got really angry. How inconsiderate of my
father! Now we were going to 46 the whole game! When yet another half hour passed, my anger turned to 47 . What if something terrible had happened to
my dad, like he had a heart attack or had been in an accident, or something? I began to really 48 . I’d already called his cellphone about ten times, but no 49 .
I was beside myself, assuming the worst had happened.
Finally, the phone rang, and my dad said 50 , “Son, I’m so sorry about the game, but…there was a terrible accident…on the freeway coming home, and I 51 to
help… and ended up going to the hospital. I 52 my cellphone in the car, so I couldn’t call until now.”
I was so relieved to hear from my father and to 53 that he was safe that I actually cried. That was 54 I “got” the importance of a curfew: Checking in! It’s
about knowing that someone you love is 55 . It was one more proof of my father’s loving me as much as he does.
36. A. go B. feel C. turn D. grow
37. A. might B. must C. needed D. should
38. A. speech B. match C. description D. exchange
39. A. cycling B. driving C. flying D. walking
40. A. allowed B. advised C. informed D. ordered
41. A. pay B. hold C. cut D. move
42. A. late B. lazy C. forgetful D. careless
43. A. upset B. sorry C. rude D. puzzled
44. A. warned B. signalled C. phoned D. showed
45. A. hit B. paced C. cleared D. measured
46. A. play B. watch C. miss D. start
47. A. sadness B. surprise C. doubt D. fear
48. A. envy B. worry C. regret D. cry
49. A. excuse B. way C. time D. answer
50. A. strangely B. casually C. breathlessly D. angrily
51. A. stopped B. forgot C. failed D. refused
52. A. left B. lost C. saw D. got
53. A. wonder B. guess C. expect D. learn
54. A. what B. when C. whether D. why
55. A. confident B. great C. safe D. honest