What’s so strange about families of three generations living together in one house? They are only our parents, and they are probably no more annoying than our children. Living with the whole family is just something people do in many other countries. But in the UK it’s seen as weird1.
I had my mother stay in my house. Many people thought it was terrible. It just happened. At the time, she was alone, sick and miles away, so I let her move in. As my mother so clearly said, and I am forever repeating, "Why pay ￡600 a week to be miserable2 in a nursinghome3, if I can be miserable here for free?"But in the end it wasn’t miserable. It was difficult, and sometimes annoying, but better than driving to a nursing home every five minutes to make sure the elderly parent isn’t starving or suffering. And having a mother at home can be helpful. She can help me to take care of my child and dog, and cook food for us.
A few years ago I saw a programme on TV about an elderly man who lived alone with his dog. Every now and again he went in his wheelchair4, with the dog, to visit his son’s house. He didn’t go there often, although they lived nearby, and he looked a bit nervous when he did get there, but at least he went every Christmas, until one Christmas, when his dog had just died. He was very, very sad. And what did his family do? They set off on a skiing holiday. The old man ended up in a nursing home —a good one —but soon died.
There are probably some family members who are not suitable to live with, and some relationships that are poisonous. But most of us are pleasant, sometimes even charming. We could find that out —if we have the chance to live together.
1. weird adj.不寻常的
2. miserable adj.痛苦的；非常难受的
3. nursing home n.(尤指) 私立养老院
4. wheelchair n.轮椅
Read the passage and then choose the best answer to each question.
1. The topic of the passage is started by _______.
A. giving an example
B. raising a question
C. giving a definition
D. drawing a conclusion
2. What can we learn from the second paragraph?
A. Many people supported what the author had done.
B. The author’s mother helps to do some housework.
C. The author’s mother lived near to the author before.
D. The author’s mother was miserable about living with the author.
3. What can we infer about the elderly man from the passage?
A. He went to his son’s house often.
B. He felt comfortable in his son’s house.
C. His family didn’t like his dog.
D. He could not live without his dog.
4. What does the author think of living with one’s parents?