A Story of Time

Time is very important in our lives. However, I had never realized it until I received a beautiful gold watch from my father one day when I was 19 years old. This watch always tells me the importance of time in my life.

It was a cold rainy day. My father asked me to go to the airport to pick up my uncle and take him home. I should have arrived there before 4:30 p.m. We had a basketball match at school that afternoon and the match was very exciting. When the match was nearly over, I suddenly remembered my uncle and hurried to the airport. It was too late. He had left the airport and taken a taxi to our house. I was very worried that my father would be cross with me. As soon as I entered the living room, I saw my uncle on the sofa looking very tired. I dared not look up.

I said hello to them in a very low voice. My father didn’t say anything. Instead, he asked me to sit next to him. “Peter, did you have a good time today?” He looked very disappointed, but his voice was still calm. I felt so sorry and answered in an even lower voice. “Yes, Dad, but I’m really sorry about not picking up my uncle. This will never happen again.” I promise.  My father handed me a box with a beautiful gold watch inside. It was a gift my uncle bought for him. He gave it to me and said, “I hope you have learned something important today, and this watch will help you remember the importance of time.”

The watch has been with me for 12 years. I wear it not because of its price, but because of what I learned from it. It tells me to respect time and never be late to do what I have promised to do.

Word Bank

cross /kros/   adj. angry, mad 生气的
disappointed /dis9!pointid/   adj. sad because sth. is not as good as somebody hoped 失望的
promise /!promis/    v. tell people and make sure 承诺
importance /imfpo:tns/   n. the quality of being important and great value 重要性
hand /haend/    v. pass 递给
respect /rfspekt/    v. admire sb./sth. 尊重


  1. How was the weather on the day the writer met his uncle?
  2. What’s the meaning of “pick up” in Chinese?
  3. Did the writer watch the whole match?
  4. How did the writer feel when he saw his tired uncle?
  5. How ould is the writer now?
  6. What does the writer want to tell us in the story?