Some families choose to take expensive vacations, such as to the Grand Canyon. However, my favorite family vacation was different. Nine years ago, my parents created a grand plan to build the home of their dreams in a neighborhood Honeymoon Hill. As the dream was launched smoothly, our family of five squeezed tightly into the vehicle to go there.
The old home was gradually turned into the construction management office for the new one. As the new home began to take shape, it siphoned our attention and our primary home became the place where we merely slept. The three of us children worked and became soon-to-be-skilled laborers. I quickly learned that personalities were readily displayed when we painted a wall. Some stuck to their claims, stopping others entering their area. Others systematically painted their wall, working from top to bottom in an organized fashion. And one drew smiley faces and signed his name there.
Of course, the journey didn’t come without a few lessons learned. I came to understand that paint would never be removed from a rag, however many times I washed it. We learned other important lessons when my dad attempted to shingle(盖)a roof in the air: safety is indeed important, and sometimes money is well spent in the hiring of a professional.
A Mother’s Day dinner served on a temporary table could actually taste far better at the end of a long day’s work than the everyday meals we remembered back at the old home. Most importantly, I learned my family can forgive each other’s barks in close quarters. This project began to matter much to each of us in our own way.
When we finally completed the construction after 28 months, the resort we now call home went beyond all the other tours, and our family grew closer because of it.
24. What made the author’s family vacation different from others’?
A. His feeling of it
B. The length of it
C. The way of spending it
D. The money spent on it
25. What does he underlined word “siphoned” in Paragraph 2 mean?
A. Ignored B. Changed C. Distracted D. Attracted
26. What impressed the author most during the vacation?
A. The understanding of each family
B. The dinner his mother cooked
C. The work done by all the children
D. The process of building the houses
27. What may be the best title for the text?
A. A Perfect New House
B. A Special Family Vacation
C. The New House Untied Us Again
D. Families Worked Hard to Build a House