My Grandfather's War Story
When World War II broke out in the Pacific Ocean and Europe, very
few people thought America would become militarily involved. When the
Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, many knew it had to come
The family all sat around the kitchen table eating my grandmother's
famous spaghetti and sausage when we started to talk about World War II.
She began to tell the story of my granfather and his disappointment of not
being able to fight.
My Grandfather was in his thirties when The U.S.A. declared war on
the Axis Powers. Like many people are today after the September 11
terrorist attacks, he was feeling extremley patriotic. He was willing to
do anything for his country. At this time he was an up and coming lawyer
in downtown Boston. He enlisted in The Armed Forces as soon as America
declared war, because he wanted to go to the battlefields and fight. He
was very disappointed at what happened next.
My grandfather was a very intelligent man; he went to Boston College
and later to Harvard Law School. Many peoplewho enlisted in the Army at
that time, were not as smart as he, because very few could afford higher
forms of education. So the Army needed all of the smarter enlisted people
to help them out, by teaching. My grandfather was assigned to teach
Physics in relation to weapons trajectory at the Uhniversity of Michigan.
He was infuriated, he wanted to fight in the battles, but he did as the
Army commanded him. There were other reasons also why he was given a job
that didn't have him going into the War, because he had just married my
grandmother nad he was in his thirties.
My grandfather, even though he was disappointed with his position to
be a teacher, he still stuck with it and obeyed his orders. I think that
that was a good moral for others to follow, if you get yourself into
something and you don't like the results you still have to stick with it,
even though its hard.
Sergeant Joyce Kilmer once said, "I think
that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree", but to many people who
pass by my house they might think different of a certain tree and its
surroundings. It lays outside at the top of my driveway, between the
street and the side walk, on a little strip of land that is always
cluttered. This tree and its bordering patch of land are an inspiration
to all of us, though they struggle through interactions with people, pets,
Many objects passed by the area while I viewed it daily for two
weeks, the area became a very bustling spot after I viewed it, I never
noticed how many cars passed it each day. Cars would pass by the spot day
after day, one after the other, none of them even glancing at the tree and
its surrounding landscape, but I guess in a modern world of cars, and
motorcycles, and trucks there is no time for a quick stop and view at one
of nature's truly great accomplishments. I will tell u a story about the
tree that is so dear to my heart, it is a story of inspiration, and it
shows how man cannot tame nature. Last winter the tree was in its full
growth, it is an odd looking piece of wood, with one communal stump and
two large branches protruding in opposite directions, one towards the
sidewalk and the other towards the street. One day I came home from
school and there was something different, something wrong...the tree no
longer had the branch that stuck out into the street. My mother said the
city had come and chopped down the branch, because it was disturbing in
the street. She was right , there was traces of sawdust on the rode above
where the branch had been. Every spring prior to the dismemberment of the
tree it had produced flowers and fruit, this year, though, I was nervous
that the tree wouldn't make it. The tree seemed resilient, though,
growing both the flowers and fruits for the bees to snack on. This story
shows that we must overcome obstacles, even in the face of adversity this
tree managed to bloom, and show its strength. This is a good lesson for
all Americans, even in these times of terrorism and war, we must put the
past behind us and go on with our daily lives, even if its hard.
Walkers, jogger, and all types of canines walked past the tree
everyday, not many noticed it or ever attempted to notice. The most
friendly being to the tree were dogs, they walked its perimeter, and
sniffed at the tree. The way to tell the tree was extremely unappreciated
was that the tree was not even good enough for a dog to do its business
The main job of my tree's surrounding area is to keep the trash and
recycling buckets until the trash man comes to get them. This caused
excess trash to be scattered around the area around the tree. This caused
for even more unappreciation.
I plan from now on to take care of the spot I have viewed, all nature
is precious, and I plan to keep it that way. From now on I will rake, and
pickup trash in the area, maybe someday there will be flowers there.
Have you ever seen one of those
Tarot card readings ads? I mean seriously, do they expect us to believe
it. Those ads are the fakest things I've ever seen, I mean I've seen bad
before but Madame Cleo come on.
"Call me now for your free tarot reading!" A woman says ina phony Jamican
accent. Well, first of all is it really a free tarot reading, NO. You
need to give them your credit card number, and you have to pledge to stay
on the phone for more minutes at a cost around eighty dollars a minute.
The fee for every minute is absurd, if you give me five bucks, I'll lie
to you for an hour, for them if you give them 100 dollars they'll lie to
you for half a minute.
How legitimite are these callers who call up Madame Cleo anyway? "So the
babies father is in jail now?" says Cleo. "Yes, oh my gad, I can't
believe yo knew that! He's in for life for murder, says a woman in a
southern accent. They pick these people up off the streets and pay them
in cartons of cigarettes to read those lines. This is a complete scam.
I'll leave you with this, "Don't call me now for your 'free' Tarot
T.S. Eliot was born Thomas
Stearns Eliot in St. Louis in 1888. He moved to Cambridge, MA at the age
of eighteen and began attending Harvard University. He published “The
Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in London, because it was in London where
he was getting help from the famous author Ezra Pound. Prufrock is known
for perfecting the “stream of consciousness” writing style in which he
wrote down everything he thought, and he didn’t stop a line until the end
of a thought. Eliot was also one of the pioneers of modernism a new style
of writing in which the author seeks to preserve the individual over the
masses. T.S. Eliot died in 1965. I very much enjoyed the poem “The Love
Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” for a number of reasons. The major reason was
that the poem was about Eliot and he used modernism, stream of
consciousness, and other techniques to express his feelings and emotions.
Through the use of stream of consciousness and personal pronouns, “The
Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” portrays the life, and the adventures of
Eliot. The poem, as it was described to me, is based on the thoughts of
Eliot as he was walking in downtown Boston to a social event. Eliot knew
that at this party there would be a woman there that he greatly admired.
The poem is his thoughts that are running through his mind when he is
walking. Eliot in his poem writes a whole line one what he must have been
thinking, he doesn’t use short, choppy lines, and he uses longer lines so
that he could finish his whole thought in one line.
Eliot uses “us” “we” and “I” to make the questions he poses toward himself
of whether he should take risks when it comes to interaction with people,
“Do I dare disturb the universe?” Prufrock is nervous and begins to
criticize himself; many people do that today when they are nervous.
Also through the use of modernism, Eliot expresses his life experiences
and trials. He uses a thought process of individuality to explain to the
reader how he was worried. He was nervous on whether he should attend a
party, or whether he is in shape or getting old. The poem displays a
sense of truthfulness, because it is about actual events and thoughts
Eliot had. He incorporates the modernism well into the events of the
poem; he uses his poetry to express his contemplation on his body, his
personality, and his place in society…
“With a bald spot in the middle of my hair-
[They will say: ‘How his hair is growing thin!’]
…[They will say: ‘But how his arms and legs are thin!’]”
… Eliot uses modernism, to depict his attitude of how a person today is
not above society and how the actions of one person are lost in a sea of
society. He wants more of an emphasis on the individual over the masses.
T.S. Eliot wrote a wonderful poem when he used stream of
consciousness, modernism and pronouns to express his ideas on paper. The
name of the poem was “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and it will
always be a classic for those reasons, he was one of the firsts to work
with modernism, and not many have perfected it since. His uses of the
literary styles, which are now common, but in his time very obscure, make
the poem the work of greatness that it is today.
Rugby is an offshoot of the game of soccer, which
was popular around the time rugby was invented. William Webb Ellis, you
can say, invented Rugby, as a joke. In 1823 at the Rugby School in Rugby,
England Ellis was playing a game of soccer and broke the rules by picking
up the ball and running with it (Haden and Kesha). Despite the joking
nature in which the game was invented, it is an extremely competitive
fast-paced sport. Even though the game was invented in England it has a
superb background of popularity and participation in America.
A sport is an activity in which people participate to enjoy
themselves, while being competitive. Sports give people the opportunity
to come together with people from different backgrounds and participate on
one unified field. Sports are similar to the culture of America; they
unite people that usually wouldn’t be united because of race, creed,
color, and other differences. That is why Americans love sports, because
sports are the glue that holds the ideals of democracy together.
Rugby is played across college campuses all over the United States at
the club team level, which means that they participate against other
colleges, but there are no specific conferences or playoffs. Bobby Bench
enjoys playing Rugby for Boston College, he was able to pick up the game
while he was a senior in high school.
“I like rugby because it is fast-paced and competitive, you must be an
athlete to play it, you must be able to pass, run, and kick. On the other
hand you must be smart also, there are so many rules and situations that
you must know and be able to cope with. Rugby is a good sport because it
is easy to pick up, many of the friends I have on the team started while
they were in college; many of them play for the football team, because it
is a good work out.”
Bob likes to play in the Beanpot of Rugby, in which Boston College plays
Harvard, Boston University, and Northeastern for the coveted bragging
rights of the city.
Bobby agrees that even though Rugby wasn’t first played in the United
States, that the sport is still uniquely American.
“Why do I think its American? I do because everyone has the
opportunity to play, all you need is the ball. The reason everyone can
play is because you don’t need to be a specific size to play, unlike
football how you have to be 300 pounds to play offensive and defensive
line…Look at me I weigh a buck eighty and I am very competitive… all you
have to do is hit as hard as you can, run as fast as you can, and be the
best you can.”
Bobby’s games are extremely competitive, but yet he wasn’t the smallest on
the team, there were many that were unbelievably talented and important to
the outcome of the games.
The University of California coach Jack Clark seems to like the
intensity the rugby brings, as it is evident in his pep talks to his
“When it comes to the early scrums, we need to drill a screw in their
brains. ‘Just cause you’re a big, fit f--- and you shave your head,
doesn’t mean you can stand toe-to-toe with our team.’ I want them in a
house of f------ horrors!” (Silver)
Clark gave that speech to his players before their NCAA semi-final match
against Ohio State University. The final score of the game was 62-6 in
favor of Cal. The win advanced Cal to the Final Four of Rugby.
In Rugby, people young and old like to gather together on the field
of warriors and fight for the title of the best team. It is a team sport
where you must trust your teammate or else losing is uncontested. Rugby
was a game mistakenly invented in 1823 in England, yet it is still a
popular and vibrant sport today in 2002 America.