My dad was working his second custodian job of the
day with his father. His first custodian job was at St. Mary’s the school
he was attending at the time. My grandfather never once complained in his
life from what my dad told me.
It was during their break that my dad asked about his grandfather
and why did he come to America to begin with. Of course my dad was really
thinking why did he come here when I could be doing this in Ireland. To
put it bluntly he was sick and tired of working his tail off after school
and having to wear rags to school. He wanted to go play after school like
the other kids instead of doing this crap. Although the real reason for
this question was that it happened to be a short time after President
Kennedy was shot.
The nation as my dad put was in a state of depression and was asking
questions left and right. My dad for some odd reason thought of his
grandfather in a time like this. Just like in our current crisis I asked
my dad about his grandfather. I said to my dad what tell me a story about
him and what he is about as a person. My dad gave me a little smile; I
began to look at him as if he had two heads. Like his father told him he
told me that my great grandfather was a big believer in faith and good
things will happen to those.
One day he my great grandfather packed his gear and took a boat to
America. He landed in Boston and bought little land in East Boston. Then
he decided to move to Newton and live there. The money was short and he
lived a bad life, but America was the greatest thing that happened to him.
He was a free man. Freedom was the reason for his journey. Unlike
many people he can call himself whatever he wanted to call himself. Nobody
had the right to order him around and that is more valuable than all the
money in the world.
is upon us with a certain sense of urgency to it. The night acted like it
had something to do or go to a meeting to get to. The night was fading
right before my eyes and it was angry. The question is why is it angry? Is
it because it must leave know that it is dawn and day is coming. On the
another hand is it jealous that the day gets all the glories of life. Dawn
is approaching and it’s about to become and all out war.
Thoreau said “Men think that it is essential that the Nation have
commerce and export ice and talk through the telegraph and ride thirty
miles an hour”. The items he is talking about deal with the growing
technologys. America should not be so concerned with issues such as these.
As a nation we recently learned this lesson on September 11th. Thoreau
means that we should enjoy nature and life for what it is. People should
be enjoying the wonders of nature instead of the advances of technology.
When I was at the same place the day before all I could see
was daylight and the beauty of the woods. At night I feel as if I am in a
black hole and about to get attacked by some crazed lunatic. In the day it
reminds me of what America is all about. Patriotic, beautiful and free are
just some of the characteristics of “American Hickory Glory”. However at
night it seemed as if Osama Bin Laden has taken over my woods and turned
it into “ Tal Alban Terror Country”. Like all Americans I am afraid of
those woods in fact I am petrified of them at night. Every time though the
night ends and day comes and rises to the occasion just like it always
will do. Just like after awhile all Americans are no longer scared.
“American Hickory Glory” is more than just some hickory and oak trees
in the front of my yard. The woods are a representation of everything that
is American and that will always be American. Just like America it is
going to have to take a powerful force to knock down these trees. The
trees are old, powerful and rule over the smaller trees and will continue
to do so as will America.
The following story is based on
actual events. Although the names have been changed to protect the
innocent. Bullies rule our young adult society, but what happens when
theses bullies make mistakes, who bullies us then. Geeks need guidance in
the world; they need that person to push them to become even more of a
geek. This early bullying makes them billionaires. If Bill Gates didn’t
get pushed around he wouldn’t be where he is today. America needs bullies
because our country’s history shows that we are indeed bullies as well.
When a smaller country does something that we don’t like we bully it. We
tell it to what we want or else. Bullies one can say are part of a food
chain and without them everyone is affected.
Tom was a 10 year old boy at Benedict Arnold Middle School. Everyday
the Bret “the hit man” Hart and his gang called the Hart Foundation would
take Tom’s money and bully him. Bret needed to pull of something so daring
that even Tom would give him some props. Bret and their gang had a meeting
in their offices (back alley of Dunkin Donuts). They agreed that the
mother of pranks would have to do. The gang was going to plant a kick me
sign on Tom’s back.
The next day Tom was making his usually walk to school. The gang
decided to walk with him and they talked to him like they were interested
in what he had to say. Then Bret had the sign perfectly made it up. Last
night he put it on bright yellow construction paper. It took him over an
hour to perfect the words and make them visible from a mile away. Bret
made the sign instead of doing his homework. This is how important this
sign was to him. If he pulled this one off he would be an idolized
Bret came up to Tom and had the tape all ready. In an instant he
taped the sign to Tom’s back and put his hands in the air like a champion.
Then they all told Bret something that he never expected. The tape was not
sticking, over and over again he tried but it would not stick. They went
through several roles of tape and still nothing happened. When word got
out to school about this Bret and his gang was ruined. Kids now made fun
of them and bullied them.
Bret and his gang recently filed a two million dollar lawsuit against
the Scotch tape Company. They claim that because of Scotch that they are
emotionally scared for life. People no longer see them as bullies they are
just has been pranksters and this affects them a great deal. “All we want
is our lives to go back to normal, beating up kids, taking their money and
they occasion public humiliation” said Bret. At a recent press conference
Bret and his gang hid their heads in shame. Tom has stepped forward as a
witness for their claim. “I honestly hope justice is served and they can
retain their honor as bullies” quoted Tom. Bullies are becoming rarer
nowadays. The country needs big kids to step forward and take
responsibility as a neighborhood bully. So please if you are over six
feet and in the fifth grade be a bully for your country.
Walt Whitman was a patriotic poet. Many of his
poems deal with a country struggling and overcoming the struggle the
nation deals with. Whitman shows in all of his pomes just how American he
is. O Captain My Captain is no exception to Whitman’s other poems. Whitman
takes Abraham Lincoln and shows that he is a captain of our country. O
Captain My Captain theorizes that Abraham Lincoln is a patriotic man who
stood for union over popularity.
Lincoln as we know freed the slaves during the civil war. The main
goal of Lincoln was to preserve the union at all costs. Lincoln freed the
slaves knowing that not only would it heat the South but a lot of the
North did not agree with him. Lincoln did not care he did what he believed
what was best for not only the country but for mankind all together. “O
the bleeding drops of red” are a sign of the blood shed that our nation
went through to become one nation again. The many young men sacrificed
just as Lincoln sacrificed his career.
“Rise up for you the flag is flung”. In this particular line the flag
is up for Lincoln. At the current time Lincoln is long dead. If he were
alive at this moment Lincoln would have wanted the flag to have risen when
he was there. The flag above all must come as important as ourselves.
Whitman is showing also the respect that Lincoln has. The idea that he is
being compared with the flag is an honor.
The people of the country all changed because of Lincoln. He taught
them to be more patriotic as well. We as a nation followed Lincoln through
the civil war. With his guidance our country survived. “For they call the
swaying mass”. The people are calling for Lincoln’s next move in the
Reconstruction process. Lincoln’s patriotism also showed when he decided
to be lenient to the South rather than punishing them.
John Adams would be proud to see the patriot that Abraham Lincoln has
become. Lincoln like the original patriots fought against their brothers,
only at the time it was England not the South. Lincoln fought for
principles just as Adams fought for taxes. In the end patriotism wins over
all, when you have a force so strong on one common goal nothing can stop