三十五. At Sea in a Small Boat
People have sailed around the world in quite small boats. It is not an easy thing.Sometimes the weather goes bad. That will be the end of a boat and the end ofeveryone in it.Accidentscan happen easily and quickly.
One family had an accident with a bigfish.The fish swam under their boat and bit(咬) holes in it. The water came into the boat, and of course，the boat soon went down. However, these people had another smaller boat——a life-boat(救生艇)，and they all got into that. They lived andhopedfor many days. Theywokeandslept,and they always, hoped... At last ashipfound them.
How do people live in a very small life-boat? Perhaps far weeks or months. They must be strong in every way. They must have hope——they must want to live. But you cannot eat and drink hope.
You cannot drink sea water. Drink a lot of sea water——you will quickly die.Sailors（水手) can drinkrainwater. They must catch rain water in their boat. They must also catch fish and birds for food. Lifeboats do not often carry a cooker，and so the sailors cannot cook their food. Raw(生的) fish and bird-meat is not very nice. But there won't be any choicein a life-boat! The sailors must eat raw food orthey will die.
What do people think about in a life-boat? They think about land,a warmbed, dry clothes, clean water and food.
三十六. A Careless Couple
Mr. and Mrs. Long have a poormemory,and they are also verycareless.Comparedwith the careless parents, their daughterLinda is quite different. Linda is very careful in doing things. If Mr. and Mrs. Long canactcarefully and remember tocheck their work, they’ll not cause so much trouble in their life.
One summer they plan toflyto New York for a visit. They get to the airportonly ten minutes before theplaneleaves. So time is short. But suddenly Mrs. Long says she must tell Linda, their daughter, not to forget to lockthe front door when she leaves for school in the morning. As Linda is then at school, they can't reach her on the phone. So the couple hurries to thepost office. Mrs. Long writes a short note to Linda, while Mr. Long buys astampand an envelope(邮票). Soon the note isready.They put the stamp on the envelope and dropit in the letter box in a hurry. But suddenly Mrs. Long begins to cry. The short note to her daughter is still in her hand.She has put their plane tickets in the envelope!