AWell, I can’t believe your uncle and aunt came to stay with us for a week, and they did not even call us in advance.
BJohn, they are old-fashioned people from the Chinese countryside. That’s their custom.
AI know, but it is hard for me to get used to your relatives coming to visit us, and without warning .
BDon’t your relatives visit other relatives?
AYes, but Americans never visit without calling in advance, and they almost never stay overnight.
BI think that maybe Chinese families are closer than your families.
AI think you’re right!
AThanks for offering to give me a lift. I'm looking forward to this party, but I didn't want to go alone.
BDon't mention it. It's my pleasure. Have you been to one of these large, sit-down dinner parties since you got to New Haven?
ANo, this is my first. Last week I went to a cookout5 for new professors at Dean Barksdale's home. I took a taxi because I didn't want to be late. But I was the first one there.
BI'll bet you were a little embarrassed.
AYou're right. The invitation said two to seven. I was there at two o'clock, but most people didn't arrive until three or four. They didn't start cooking until five o’clock.
BCookouts often start slowly. A two o'clock start means you arrive any time after two.
AThanks for telling me this.
BI was late getting back from the mall, but I'm hurrying.
AWhy are you in such a hurry? They said, Dinner at eight, and it's only seven-fifteen. I don't want to be the first one there again.
BDon't worry. We won't be the first.
三我喜歡自立 I like to be independent
AMom, you know that Andrea and I sometimes worry about you.
BReally? Why would you worry about me? I’m just fine.
AYou’re almost 70 years old, Mom! Don’t you think it would be better for you if you moved in with us?
BNo way! I like my apartment, and I like to be independent.
ADo you ever get lonely living alone?
BNot at all. I see you and your family twice a week, and I enjoy seeing my own friends. I’m too busy to feel lonely!