Money was a constant source of tension and stress when I was growing up. My parents were , well-educated and hard-working, but they lived from paycheck to paycheck. When I was 13, they split up. Then my mom to raise three kids, often relying on free lunch tickets and food stamps. As my mother retirement age, she was filled with over the fact that she hadn’t saved enough for her golden retirement years, she often sighed. My father had always been to work—we had always he’d work less and spend more time with us . But he is just a workaholic(工作狂).
My parents were trying so hard to make ends meet, so I couldn’t become a on them. As a result, I college and spent the next couple of years drifting from one minimum wage job to another. I my broken-down car, went to work on foot, reduced my by sharing a one-bedroom apartment with three other women, and got free food during Happy Hour at our local bar. I learned to do whatever it took to .
One night, while I was working at a donut shop and 34 coffee for a homeless customer, I that I was one paycheck away from being homeless myself. That was my wake-up . Motivated by fear of an uncertain , I opened the Yellow Pages(电话黄页), professional dog trainers and negotiated an unpaid apprenticeship(学徒工作). Less than a year later, I was by a dog trainer, and I loved the work. A couple of years later, I started my own dog-training school, which luckily turned out to be . My efforts paid off.
Though I didn’t have rich parents to rely on, I discovered the power of asking for what I want.
21．A. clever B. careful C. greedy D. powerless
22．A. hoped B. struggled C. attempted D. refused
23．A. counted B. imagined C. mentioned D. approached
24．A. curiosity B. disagreement C. anxiety D. happiness
25．A. if B. so C. but D. because
26．A. addicted B. similar C. related D. familiar
27．A. believed B. guessed C. said D. wished
28．A. though B. yet C. instead D. too
29．A. danger B. burden C. challenge D. threat
30．A. dropped out of B. was admitted into C. went in D. went through
31．A. paid for B. cleaned out C. gave away D. fixed up
32．A. clothes B. dinner C. weight D. rent
33．A. survive B. work C. play D. pay
34．A. buying B. making C. tasting D. smelling
35．A. recalled B. promised C. feared D. realized
36．A. sign B. hit C. call D. period
37．A. future B. job C . mood D. family
38．A. searched B. phoned C. invited D. persuaded
39．A. honored B. reminded C. hired D. moved
40．A. hard B. tiring C. efficient D. successful