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From the Ted Talk by Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams: The story of a parent's transition and a son's redemption

Unscramble the Blue Letters

JW: Was it all a lie? Every game of catch in the front yard, the Mets sseoan tickets — was that with my dad or was that with her? I remember this one time, my dad took me on a bike ride through Heckscher Park to teach me about sex. He enxelpiad the parts of the body that I now know he wheisd weren't hers. Had my father ever even existed? Now, grief — grief is without rules. Grief borrows your car without asking, wrecks it and then doesn't apologize. And I was a wrcek. This was hvaey. I rretateed into myself. I was angry. I felt betrayed. And I gseus I should have known by the fact that you encouraged me to be a Mets fan that you were preparing me for life's really big disappointments.

Open Cloze

JW: Was it all a lie? Every game of catch in the front yard, the Mets ______ tickets — was that with my dad or was that with her? I remember this one time, my dad took me on a bike ride through Heckscher Park to teach me about sex. He _________ the parts of the body that I now know he ______ weren't hers. Had my father ever even existed? Now, grief — grief is without rules. Grief borrows your car without asking, wrecks it and then doesn't apologize. And I was a _____. This was _____. I _________ into myself. I was angry. I felt betrayed. And I _____ I should have known by the fact that you encouraged me to be a Mets fan that you were preparing me for life's really big disappointments.

Solution

  1. explained
  2. heavy
  3. season
  4. wreck
  5. wished
  6. retreated
  7. guess

Original Text

JW: Was it all a lie? Every game of catch in the front yard, the Mets season tickets — was that with my dad or was that with her? I remember this one time, my dad took me on a bike ride through Heckscher Park to teach me about sex. He explained the parts of the body that I now know he wished weren't hers. Had my father ever even existed? Now, grief — grief is without rules. Grief borrows your car without asking, wrecks it and then doesn't apologize. And I was a wreck. This was heavy. I retreated into myself. I was angry. I felt betrayed. And I guess I should have known by the fact that you encouraged me to be a Mets fan that you were preparing me for life's really big disappointments.

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Important Words

  1. angry
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  3. betrayed
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  31. retreated
  32. ride
  33. rules
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  35. sex
  36. teach
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  42. yard