Don't Use Hurtful Words
A young woman one day said something that hurt her best friend and the friend never met her after that. She regretted（懊悔） it, and wanted to take the words back.
She asked an older woman for advice. The woman said, "You need to do two things. Tonight, take your best feather pillows（羽毛枕头） and before the sun rises, you must put a single feather on the doorstep of each house in town. After you finish, come back to me and I’ll tell you the second one."
At night, the younger woman went from doorstep to doorstep and didn’t miss a single doorstep. After she finished, she went back and said, "I’ve put a feather on the doorstep of each home."
Now, the older woman said, "Go back and find the feathers and put them back into your pillows. Then everything will be as it was before."
The younger woman cried, "You know that’s impossible! The wind blew away each feather as soon as I put them on the doorsteps!"
"That’s true," said the older woman. "Each of your words is like a feather in the wind. You can never return them to your mouth, so remember: choose your words well, and use warm words when you say something."
Keeping pets is a great hobby that Americans enjoy. In the USA, there are more pets than people. The most popular pets are dogs and cats. More common ones include birds, hamsters, mice and fish. Many people treat their pets as part of their family. They think they are as important as their children or close friends.
Americans take good care of their pets. Many people like to feed their pets with pet food. They regularly take their pets to go to the vests for physical examinations. They dress their pets in fashionable clothes and take their pets with them on vacation.
Why do Americans enjoy having pets? There are many reasons, but most people put companionship(情谊) first. They think pets can bring them fun and love, and help them live happier and healthier lives. Another reason is that keeping pets is good for children. Americans agree that keeping pets can teach their children responsibility(责任感) and help them learn to care for others. And of course, pets are also a good topic of conversations. They help their owners make more friends.
As you see, life without a pet is not good enough to Americans.