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Warm Thoughts, Shabby Country, Loving Family

Shabby Country1

Essay

Evening. The sun shines on the other hemisphere. I’m heading home. I’m exhausted and in a hurry. It’s dark.

Warm thoughts

I think about my lovely wife. She is waiting for me. My cheerful children are playing right now and asking, “Will Dad be home soon?” Soon, very soon I will be there. I am dreaming of a warm bath and hot tea. Someone checked my italki notebook and I look forward to seeing the answer.

Shabby country

But the weather is so bad. Drizzle. Sticky cold water around me, on my hat, on my coat. Gusts of wind penetrate my coat. The nearest Metro station is broken, so I have to go a long way to the next one. Lonely drunk man is holding onto the tree. He is looking at his vomit under his feet. His friend is sleeping next to him and drops are flowing down his cheek. I turn away, so I don’t see it. I am in a hurry to go home. Elevator doors are creaking for ages, this sound means that the working day is over.

Loving family

I am closing the door and switching on the light. The children are hugging me at the door. I see my favourite dishes in on the table and my wife is looking at me with joy. She gives me a shy kiss. My familiar books are waiting for me. Home, sweet home.
So, it will happen again tomorrow.

Vocabulary

  • cheek – either side of the face below the eye
  • cheerful children – noticeably happy and optimistic kids
  • creaking – make a scraping or squeaking sound when being moved or when pressure is applied
  • dreaming of – contemplate the possibility of doing something or that something might be the case
  • drizzle – light rain falling in very fine drops
  • gusts – a sudden strong rush of wind
  • hugging – squeeze (someone) tightly in one’s arms, typically to express affection
  • hurry to go – rush to pass
  • in a hurry – move or act with great haste
  • lonely – ad because one has no friends or company
  • look forward to – want it to happen because you think you will enjoy it
  • lovely wife – an attractive wife
  • penetrate – go into or through (something), especially with force or effort
  • shines – give out a bright light
  • shy kiss – timid kiss
  • sticky – glutinous; viscous
  • turn away – to move or cause to move in a different direction so as not to face something
  • vomit – eject matter from the stomach through the mouth

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