The Day My Grandmother Made Headlines
One day I was sitting with my grandmother and talking over a cup of
tea. She was telling me stories of her childhood, and family members. I
wasn’t really listening to her. Most young people just drift off and nod
their heads once in awhile when talking to old people. I was doing it the
whole time, until one story caught my attention. It was quite interesting.
It was the story of the mine.
My grandmother was eleven years old. The year was 1942. One year
after the United States had entered World War Two. The place was Winthrop,
Massachusetts. It was a small poor quiet town on the beach.
One day my grandmother and a friend were playing on the beach.
Suddenly, they both noticed something big floating in the water. My
grandmother and her friend decided to investigate. They walked out on the
dock right next to the big, black floating thing. At first they didn’t
know what it was. Then my grandmother remembered a picture she had seen
before. “It’s a mine,” my grandmother said. Her friend disagreed. My
grandmother decided to call the harbor master just the same. Sure enough
the harbor master reported it was a mine.
It turned out the mine had drifted inward from sea. My grandmother
saved many lives, and a ship or two. A convoy of United States Navy ships
were scheduled to leave from Winthrop that night. Sure enough a ship would
have hit the mine. My grandmother made the newspaper as a hero.
I think I’m going to listen more attentively to my grandmother from
now on. She has had an interesting life, and has many more stories to
tell. Who knows, maybe if I listen to her I might actually learn
something. Old people have a lot of stories and knowledge to share.
They’ve been around, and lived in an interesting time of this country.
When old people are speaking, people should listen.
Somewhere in the midst of a busy part of the city
lies a place. There lies a pond,
with houses, trees, and ducks all around it. Some fish swim in it, mostly
sun fish. It
smells like wet leaves this time of year. The ground is littered with
colored leaves. It was here that I spent ten days observing, with all five
changes that took place. Emmerson said “what pretty oracles nature yields
us.” I went to
my spot and observed these pretty oracles.
On my first day of I noticed that trees had all their leaves. A few
days later I
noticed that no trees had leaves. All the leaves were scattered about the
blowing around. About six cars, three joggers, and three people walking
their dogs went
by. I noticed that no people were taking notice of the beautiful change
They all had foul looks on their faces as if they did not want to be
outside. You would
think that people driving, walking, or jogging by would appreciate the
beauty while they
were out doing what they had to do. Do they like the same color green
would they rather have bright different colors to look at? I know I would
rather have nice
colors to look at.
Every time that I went to my place I saw ducks and geese swimming
pond. They would quack and fight with each other. The geese would take the
if people were feeding them. On one of my last days of observing there
were no ducks or
geese left to be fed. I guess they must have flown south for the winter.
Now there is going
to be three or four long months with no animals in the pond. The pond was
for the occasional dog walker or jogger. I wonder if anybody even noticed
that the birds
were missing? Nobody seemed to. I didn’t see anybody looking around the
pond to find
No people ever really come to enjoy what this spot has to offer,
except for the
occasional duck feeding family. Joggers jog by, but don’t look. Is
Chandler’s just a safe
haven for joggers to jog to stay out of the way of cars? People walk there
dogs, and let
them go to bathroom, and not pick it up. That’s all they do though. People
drive by and
launch there beverage cans into the pond. Teenagers throw their beer cans
into the pond
and leave. This is more than just a pond. It is a home for ducks, geese,
and other animals.
Not a garbage can. Just because the ducks and geese come and go as they
mean that it is not their home. I don’t think you would like people to
throw things on the
ground, or go to the bathroom wherever they please your home. So why do it
Chandlers is free and constantly changing. It looks different, feels
smells different every day. Things make their homes here. But nobody
seems to care.
They still vandalize it. Would they be more happy if a parking lot were
built over it
instead? Few treat this spot with the respect it deserves. They throw
trash in it, and leave
their dog’s droppings. These people are spoiled and more concerned with
made things, rather than being concerned with the beauty right in front of
Trinity kids are all the same. they all talk, walk,
and dress the same. They all love
their school even though kids get suspended for not having their shirts
Sean and Pat are best friends and both get equal bad grades. They
Trinity. Sean runs into Pat in the hall and has a typical conversation.
" WHAAAASSUP, pat kid.
"Dude, kid I can't wait to get wrecked this weekend."
"Me too dude."
"I love this school."
Yuuuuuh kid, even if it does stink like a urinal."
"Let me get a squaaaaare kid?"
" Naw dude I only have three left."
Sean continues to ask four more people for "squares." I have come to
find out that
squares are cigarettes.
"Danny dude let me get a square?"
"Naw dude I only gut three left."
"John, let me get a square kid?
" Naw kid I only gut three I need em."
"Chuckie gimme a square?"
" Naw I only gut three."
"d**n dude," Sean says, " "nobuddy gut squares."
" aight les go to class now", says pat.
Pat and Sean go to Religion class where they took a big test the
which they are just about to get back.
"Dude I betta not fail this thing."
" Don't worry Sean you won't."
The teacher finally calls pat's name then Sean's.
" d**n dude I failed." says pat.
"Nice kid! I got a D+. Now my mother is gonna buy me a sixa."
" Nice kid."
Later in the day Pat and Sean both get kicked out of school for
class. Both Pat and Sean can't get in any other schools, because the
courses they took at
Trinity aren't even good enough to get into Boston Public Schools. They
both go to work
at age 17. They both turned out to be garbage men and sent their kids to
Trinity to "
follow in their footsteps."
Walt Whitman was born in 1819 in Long Island, New
York. He was raised in Brooklyn and loved New York. He was the first
American poet to break all rules of traditional meter and write in free
verse. Walt has a number of works and is considered one of the best
American Poets of all time. Walt died in 1892 at the age of seventy-two.
“I Hear America Singing” is representative of Whitman’s best work. This
poem shows the reader that Americans are hard workers and enjoy what they
One way Whitman shows this is that all the jobs that he mentions are
difficult, manual labor jobs. In the third line of “ I hear America
Singing” it says “ The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or
beam.” The carpenter is the ideal image of an American worker. The work
of a carpenter is long hard strenuous work. He works long hours and gets
dirty. Although the art of carpentry is hard it takes a smart person to do
A second way that Whitman shows that Americans are hard
workers and like what they do is telling us that he hears them singing
while at work. The first two lines of the poem say, “ I hear America
singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing
his as it should be blithe and strong.” Through these lines Whitman
illustrates that Americans enjoy they are jobs even though they are
working hard. If a person is singing then they are happy at what they are
Another way that Whitman shows us that Americans are hard working and
happy is through the writing technique of free verse. The fourth line of
the poem says “ The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or
leaves off work.” As you can see nothing rhymes in this line and it really
doesn’t follow any rules. This allows Whitman to list as many jobs as he
wants and it lets him write about how they are happy in any way that he
wants. It makes it so he is not blocked from writing something down.
In the poem “I hear America Singing” Whitman employs three methods to
show the reader that Americans are hard workers and enjoy what they do.
These three methods are mentioning only hard, traditional, manual labor,
American, jobs, telling us that they sing while working, and using the
technique of free verse. With these three methods Whitman writes one of
his best works ever. Without these three methods the poem would not have
the same affect on the reader. The reader would not clearly be able to
see what Whitman is trying to say.
Swimming is a timeless sport. It has been around since
the beginning of man. Swimming has been an Olympic sport since the
Olympics started (Official). When I think of sport I think of a physical
activity that gives you a workout as well as a challenge. I also look for
a great deal of competitiveness. The sport of swimming certainly fits this
definition. Swimming can be enjoyed by everybody.
Swimming is truly an amazing sport, just ask Esther Williams. Williams
dedicated her life to the sport of swimming. Williams was supposed to
compete in the 1940 Olympic games, but they were canceled due to World War
Two (Perry 3). Despite the war Williams never stopped swimming. Williams
says to people, “why would I ever stop doing something that feels so good?
When I get in the pool, I know it’s the best I’m going to feel all day”
(qtd. in Perry 2). Williams now owns a swimming pool business. Anybody who
has dedicated as much of her life to swimming as Esther Williams can truly
be called a professional. Williams shows how at the heart of the
professional must be love for the sport. Not success, not ambition, but
love. Also primary in the professional, despite all the honors they
eventually earn is the simple desire to enjoy themselves. This is
something I fear, that professional athletes these days lack.
Swimming is one of the most intense workouts out there. It works just
about every muscle in the body (Jacobs 1). “There really isn’t anything
better for the body than swimming,” says Matt Jacobs, an expert on the
sport (qtd. in Jacobs 1) Matt also writes for the Washington Post. Many
fitness experts suggest swimming on a regular basis (Jacobs 1). Swimming
is an outstanding workout. You can do it at any time of the day, rain or
shine. Not only is it good for the body, but it makes your mind feel
better. It makes you feel like you have accomplished something. Swimming
cleanses the soul as well as sharpening the body.
Swimming can also be used as a great amateur activity. I asked my aunt
Caryn what she thought about the sport of swimming. She owns a swimming
pool and swims on a regular basis in the summer. She said “ Swimming is a
great activity. It is one of my favorites. It can be used for so many
things. Whether it is cooling off on a hot day, getting a workout, or just
enjoying yourself swimming is always great” (qtd. in Personal Interview).
Many people feel the same way as my aunt. Swimming is just a great
activity. It great on hot days. If your just in the mood to relax hop in
the water and float around for awhile. Swimming has multiple uses to it.
Swimming is a wonderful American sport. We Americans love intense
competition, workouts, and challenges. The sport of swimming has all of
these things. It can be enjoyed by all. As Esther Williams says “Swimming
is for everyone” (qtd. in Perry 2). Another quality of Swimming that
reminds me of what it means to be American is its accessibility. Wherever
there is a body of water you can swim. Unlike golf or hockey, sports which
require specific locations and criteria before you can even play. Swimming
requires only water. In this sense, it is available to all, and that is a
very American idea. Another characteristic that makes this sport American
is that it has multiple uses. We Americans love to kill two birds with one
stone. With swimming you get a workout, refreshed, relaxation, and a good