题图 : the Pixabay
④It’s no surprise ③(that Jennifer Senior’s insightful, provocative magazine cover story, “I Love My Children, I Hate My Life,”isarousingmuch chatter)– ②nothing gets people talking like the suggestion ①(that child rearing is anything less than a completely fulfilling, life-enriching experience).Rather thanconcluding that children make parents either happy or miserable,Senior suggests thatwe need to redefine happiness: instead ofthinking of it assomething that can be measured by moment-to-moment joy, we shouldconsiderbeing happyasa past-tense condition. Even though the day-to-day experience of raising kids can be soul-crushingly hard, Senior writes that “theverythings (that in the moment dampen our moods) can later be sources of intense gratification and delight.”
arouse : to make sb have a particular feeling or attitude.
very : used to emphasize that you are talking about a particular thing or person and not about another.
dampen : to makesth such as a feeling or a reaction less strong.
gratification : the state of feeling pleasure when sth goes well for you or when your desires are satisfied,sth that gives you pleasure.
delight :a feeling of great pleasure.
The magazine cover [showing an attractive mother (holding a cute baby)] is hardly the only Madonna-and-child image on newsstands (this week). There are also stories about newly adoptive – and newly single – mom Sandra Bullock, as well as the usual “Jennifer Aniston is pregnant” news. Practically every week features at least one celebrity mom, or mom-to-be, smiling on the newsstands.
madonna : 圣母玛利亚
practically :almost. very nearly.
adopt : 采用 领养
adapt : 适应
adept : 熟练
In a society (that so persistently celebrates procreation), is it any wonder that admitting you regret having children is equivalent to admitting you support kitten-killing? It doesn’t seem quite fair, then, to compare the regrets of parents to the regrets of the childless. Unhappy parents rarely are provoked to wonder if they shouldn’t have had kids, but unhappy childless folksare bothered with the message (that children are the single most important thing in the world):obviously their misery must be a direct result of the gaping baby-size holes in their lives.
persistently : in a way that continues for a long period of time without interruption, or that is repeated frequently, especially in a way that is annoying and cannot be stopped.
consistently : always the same.
procreation : the act or process of producing children or baby animals.
provoke : to cause a particularreaction or have a particular effect.
folk : the members of your family, especially your parents.
misery : great suffering of the mind or body.
gap :aspace where sth is missing.