How My Parents Met
One day after school, I was doing my homework. I came to my English
homework and the assignment was to find an old family story. I could not
think of a story at that moment so I decided to put it off until my mother
got home. Once my mother got home I asked her for a story. We sat at our
kitchen table and she told some ideas for the assignment. After fifteen
minutes of thinking what story I should write about, I came to the
desicion to write about how my parents met. It interested me to learn how
I came to be. My mother was working as a waitress in a restaurante in
Dorchester called "Linda May's".
My father, who she did not know, was the cook. They had worked for
months together and spoke only few words to each other. One day my mother
was wiatressing to a group of roudy guys. After one of the guys made a
rude comment to my mother, my dad came out of the kitchen and through
every one of them out of the restaurante.After that day my parents began
to date and a year and a half later they got married. This story really
meant a lot to me because it showed me many things about my father that I
did not know before. If it wasn't for my father that day me and my sister
would have never been, that is what I like most about this story.
An American Will To Survive
As I was with my dog in my backyard one day. I noticed an old looking
bush in the
middle of my yard. It was not the only one in my yard but the fact that it
was in the center
drew into gazing apon it. I sat there for a little while and just plainly
looked at it for a
while and I did not know why really, I had passed the bush a million times
and never paid
any attention to it before this day. Maybe it was the unbelievable warm
weather we were
having on that Autumn day, but whatever it was I stared at that bush and
began see that it
was supposed to be dead right now. This far into the season it was
supposed to be dead
and bare like most of the other things around it, but it wasn’t losing any
of its leaves it
was surviving. The bush was fighting everything, all its surroundings
refusing to die.
For the next two weeks I observed the bush’s continuing struggle to
when death fell from the surrounding trees and was all around it. I helped
it sometimes by
raking the dead leaves around it. This bush is my American place, I saw
spirit, I saw the American will to survive through this simple bush.
Through refusing to
lose its leaves I saw a strong spirit and will in it, a will that says
even when all the cards
are stacked against me I am not going to fold, I refuse to.
Theareau said “ Time is a river I go a fishing in.” For those two
weeks that bush cut its
bait and stopped fishing. For those two weeks time had no effect on that
A group of were gathered around a
lunch table last peiod on a Monday. The boys were sharing stories about
thier weekends and telling jokes that they knew.
One of the students named steve stood up and shouted "I have a good joke"
"Okay lets hear it." said another student named Will.
Steve took a deep breath then began " one day a man walked into a bar and
All of the boys sat there with emotionless faces, noone came close to
cracking a smile. And sfter about a minute of awkward silence Will stood
up and "That was the worst joke I've ever heard , it is the worst of the
worst. Don't ever tell that joke to another human being for as long as you
And then they all had a good chuckle.
Emily Dickinson lived a short and secluded life,
with many turns for the worse along the way. She expressed her emotions
through her secret poems and stories. In her poem "Water is taught by
thirst" Dickinson touches on events that everyone goes through in their
lives, and the constant feeling that they have after these events.
Dickinson talks of the sense of having something great and then losing it,
we realize how important those things once we lose them.
Dickinson reminds us that through everyone's life they experience one
of these losses and goes through a period of wanting something that they
can't have anymore and realize it to late. "Water is taught by thirst"
Everybody does not appreciate what they have until it is gone and we
cannot get it back. Something as simple and unappreciated as water is
taken for granted, until we are thirsty.
Dickinson uses examples from ordinary life in her writings, writing
about experiences that people go through in their lives. For example
"Transport - by throe." Transport meaning pleasure and throe meaning pain,
Dickinson says that people go through both times of pleasure and of pain
in life. During times of pleasure there is no care about pain. And in
times of pain there is an emptiness and a wanting for times of pleasure.
During times of pain a person would do any thing to get back to the " good
Dickinson's most important example is that of love, and the loss of
love in a person's life. Everyone falls in love at one time or another ,
and everyone gets hurt by the loss of love. Dickinson writes "Love, by
memorial mold" meaning sometimes we don't know we love or how much we love
someone until they are out of our lives. Sometimes people just don't know
they love each other until they are separated from one another, and
sometimes they never get back together , usually by the death of one.
Emily Dickinson teaches a lesson in " Water is taught by thirst." she
tries to teach us that we have to realize what we have before we lose them
forever. Too many times in too many people's lives we don't know how
important the we have are until it is ultimately too late. Dickinson tries
to help us open our eyes and see the real important things/ people in our
life before we lose them forever.
What is a sport? A sport is an activity that test
every limit of the human body. A sport brings a person’s body to the edge
of breaking , brings a person’s mind to a new
level of comprehension, a sport is a way to show everyone how far you can
go, what you are truly made out of. Rugby is a sport. From afar rugby
looks like just a bunch of big
guys running up and down a long field, chasing this odd looking ball, and
beating each other senseless, with no type of padding what so ever. From
afar that’s all it is, but when
you are on the field, rugby will undoubtedly change anyone who dares
attempt it. According to myth the mammoth game was founded in 1823 at the
Rugby School in England when a man named William Webb Ellis was playing a
game of football, or soccer. And disregarding the rules picked up the ball
and started running around with it and was tackled to the ground by the
other players on the field. This is said to be the birth of rugby. And
throughout the years it has become one of the toughest sports in the
world, a sport that brings out the toughest in every person, a sport that
truly test the limits of the human body.
Rugby has been called an addiction. Throughout the world millions of
people play this sport risking severe injury, more so than any other sport
because of the lack of
padding, but people just don’t care. All kinds of people can play this
sport, young or old, big or small, strong or fast. All you have to be to
play rugby is tough, and if your not
rugby will make you tough extremely fast. In one case a forty three year
old man named Jack Clark joined his local team in Virginia as a rookie!
While channel surfing one night
Clark came across a rugby match and can remember saying “Oh this must be
rugby I’ve heard of this.” and turned it off after twenty minutes. Then
waking up the next morning
and thinking about the matches the night before. So then Clark tuned into
the matches the next week and watched the entire thing.(McLain)Interested
in what he had just seen Clark
looked into rugby locally and found a team. After talking with the coach
he decided to watch the team practice. Clark says “I watched the practice
session, thought this was nuts.
I’m too old for this crap; I’ve never done anything like this before in my
life. Then I watched a game and said to myself ‘No I definitely do not
want to do this.”( McLain)
Clark was still attracted to the game however and after thinking it over
for the summer he decided to attempt the insane sport. There are millions
of people throughout the world that are just like Jack Clark who just get
a little look at the game and become infatuated with it, risking so much
in their lives. They play the game to show themselves how far
they can be pushed , the rush of playing with people who are feeling the
same energy running through their body that you are.
Rugby is an addiction, but it is a tough addiction. People risk so
many injuries to their bodies during their careers and having nothing to
show for it after. Rugby has only
been on a professional level for a few years and many of its players are
to preoccupied with playing at a professional level that they forget that
their careers are short lived, due
to the extreme toughness of the sport, and do not plan properly for after
their careers. This dilemma has caught the eye of many rugby critics
saying “ Due to its rising
popularity, the sport is being contaminated with uneducated Neanderthals.”
This has opted the NZRFU ( New Zealand Rugby Player’s Association )to
programs that help players after their careers are over.( Sanson ) This is
not an easy task however says Sanson “ People think that these players
have so much free time when
actually they have very little during the season. Its usually in three or
four hour blocks that these players must learn to manage their futures.”
In its early years rugby is hitting a
few bumps, but in hopes to insure a good life after the sport for the
professional players is why these types of organizations are working for.
This incredibly tough sport has a way of making its players have very
short careers. It takes a severe toll on the people that attempt to master
it. And with the sport
rising on the professional level around the world your favorite player one
week may not be there the next. People battle back from every type of
injury to keep playing the game,
its the addiction of seeing how much the sport can bring out of you. In
one case a professional England by the name of Mike Tindall is coming back
from a sever knee injury to play against Scotland. Tindall says “ During
my injury time which was about seven months in all, there were points when
I thought it wasn’t ever going to get better. It was hard but now I have
changed a lot of things in the way I think about rugby. I go out there now
to love rugby and to love what I am doing. Sometimes you forget that but
now I think about playing the game in front of 70,000 people. It’s just a
challenge, something I enjoy. It has been a refreshing look at it.”(
A lot of people are skeptical of people that play rugby. They think
they are nuts and just like to hurt people or get hurt. That is not it at
all, rugby in my definition is sport.
It will test anyone in every way possible, test that show a person’s true
character. Rugby has inspired many things around the world whether it be
sports like it for example
American Football which many Europeans say is the rugby with pads, or more
importantly the people that play it to strive to become stronger and
better than they were before.