In a rural area of Oklahoma, Todd Mauldin lost his house and truck.
"I have had three close calls, and this was the third one, and it got me!" he said.
This kind of pluck and good-humored determination is what people admire about Oklahomans.
In this devastated neighborhood in the suburb called Moore, most people plan to rebuild and remain. This is not the first time this state has faced tragedy. It has suffered more disasters per capita than any other state and not all were natural.
On April 19, 1995 a bomb blew up in front of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.
Timothy McVeigh was later tried, convicted and executed for the crime.
Oklahomans came together to help the victims and later built a monument, with metal chairs set in rows where the building once stood.
Sue Craig, a guide, explains the symbolism. "There are 168 chairs, one for each person, and at the base there is their name inscribed," she said.
1.close call 千钧一发；险遭意外；死里逃生；幸免于难
Phew!That was a close call—she nearly saw us!
2.pluck n. 勇气；内脏；快而猛的拉
Even those passengers who were most distrustful of themselves pluck up amazingly.
3.good-humored adj. 心情愉快的；脾气好的
I was to keep ever before them the picture of a bright, passive , good - humored, receptive mass.
4.execute vt. 实行；执行；处死
He was executed as a deserter.
5.symbolism n. 象征，象征主义；符号论；记号
Were you able to penetrate the author's symbolism?