It was on a Easter Sunday, and everyone was going
around the table telling stories of what they remember as a kid. We were
all laughing at the embarrassing and yet still funny stories. My Nana and
Grampa were telling the grandchildren how their parents acted when they
were kids, and how they weren't perfect themselves, despite what they may
have told them.
The stories started to die down and the food was served. Then my
little cousin Emily, said, "Nana, how come we haven't heard any stories
about when you were a kid?" Everyone laughed and my Grampa said, "I have a
good one that I bet nobody has ever heard." "One day, on a Sunday
afternoon after church, my grandmother, Betty, and her family sat down for
dinner. All day her and her brothers and sisters, Alice, Mary, Johnny, and
Richard, had been fooling around and it was angering their mother, my
great-grandmother. The five of them were giggling during the service and
doing other things to make their mother mad. She then warned the kids to
stop the nonsense or they would get in trouble. So as they sat down for
dinner, Betty had continued to act up, making faces at her siblings and
other things to make them laugh.
Once you get one of them going, it's like a snowball effect and they
all get going again. Their mother was fed up with their behavior and told
them that it was their last warning or they would be punished. The rest of
the kids settled down, however, Betty just couldn't stop. Their mother
quietly left the table, as if to get second helpings from the kitchen for
the kids, and a few seconds later turned the corner with a huge pumpkin
pie covered with whip cream. Before she even realized what was happening,
Betty got the pie right in her face, and the rest of them burst out
laughing. My great-grandmother was not one to waste food, being a woman of
large size. So when Betty started to peel off the pie from her face,
almost mocking her mother, she became even more outraged and made all of
the kids get on the ground and clean up the mess that she had made.
As they were cleaning up the floor she went around smacking all of
their butts, as if to move them along, this time she was the one
laughing." My family is very close and we get together on all holidays. We
feel that we should spend as much time as we can together because we don't
know how long that we are going to be able to have this time together, so
we make the best out of it. This is how all families should be, close-knit
and enjoy being with each other. However, things like divorce and other
problems such as abuse, tear families apart and that affects the way a
child is brought up. A child learns by what it sees, and it picks up on
things even if you don't realize they are.
So if they grow up in tough conditions they will most likely feel as
if they know no other life and therefore, will raise their kids the same
way. After what happened on September 11, 2001, we should feel even closer
to our families because that was a perfect example of those who lost loved
ones without eve it ever crossing their mind that it could happen so
quickly and unexpected. They are there one minute and gone the next and u
take that for granted. So having a close family is something special that
all people should have and despite difficulties that may occur, a family
should be you should still try their best to live a happy and healthy
Sometimes in life, there are things that we take for granted, and
look past. In the woods, in the back of my house, there is a large rock,
that my friends and I refer to as Big Ben. I spent a couple weeks
observing, and trying to find what makes this deserted boulder unique, and
serve a purpose. Emerson said, "There I feel that nothing can befall me
in life - no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature
cannot repair." When I was with Big Ben I felt secure, and that I could
As I sat and took in my surroundings, I realized how lucky I really
am. Like Thoreau said, "Wherever I sat, there I might live, and the
landscape radiated from me accordingly." The house that I lived in, the
things that I own, and a spot such as Big Ben where I can just go to
without any reason, are all things that should be given more though too,
and show more thanks. I just had a sense, or feeling that the nature
around, like the bushes and the trees, finally made clear the true meaning
Spending time with Bog Ben, let me realize how lonely, not only
people are, but natural things as well. One may see this rock as a rough,
gray object that serves no purpose, which is why it is never given any
thought. However, I believe that it is gray because it is lonely and
views itself as a n outcast from humanity. One day, I just emptied the
grass from the lawn mower at the base of Big Ben. Now that I think about
that, maybe as the rock saw me coming towards it, it developed a little
joy that it was being noticed. Then when I just disposed of something I
didn't want, maybe Ben felt ignored as if he weren't wanted.
Big Ben can be seen as American in a few ways. Wherever you go,
whether it be California or Wisconsin, there are always going to be things
in nature that are taken for granted like Big Ben. One that sits there
just waiting to be talked to, or comforted. Also because this particular
rock has his own special qualities, even though you may tell yourself that
rocks don't do anything. He knows what he is good at, and is just waiting
for that opportunity for someone to let him open his feelings.
Sometimes in life the things that we take for granted are the little
things. Annie Dillard said, "It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so
malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny." If we
took more excitement or joy in finding a penny instead of always hoping
for a ten dollar bill, then maybe these little things will come to life
for us. They could turn out to be your friend who will listen to your
problems, or just comfort you in time of need. You will never know unless
you look deep down instead of using the outer qualities for your
On a Friday afternoon before vacation, two high school
students were found in a bathroom stall with stolen paraphernalia. The
two were sentenced to a weeks worth of J.U.G., and frowned upon by the
"These two are always up to no good," said Mr. Cawthorne "it was only a
matter of time until something to this extreme was going to happen."
The two boys, Scott and Steve (last names will remain confidential for
the sake of the families), were anxious kids who just couldn't wait to get
out for their break.
"I have like no homework for this study," said Scott.
"I know. Me neither, whatta ya wanna do?" replied Steve.
"oh, doesn't Bill have Gym this period?"
"Well, I know what we can do to keep busy. We can go into the locker
room and take Bill's school shoes."
Steve laughs saying, "Ha ha, yeah 'cuz he wouldn't be able to go back to
class without them."
So Scott and Steve went into the locker rooom and took Bill's shoes. As
they were about to leave, they heard Mr. Cawthorne, coming down with his
class, so they ran into the bathroom.
Mr. Cawthorne said, "See ya lata when ya dressed," and kids started
drifting out. This is when the catastrophe occurred.
Bill said, "Okay Matt, real funny, where are my shoes?"
"What are you talkin' about I didn't touch them," he responded bitterly.
So Bill goes over to Mr. Cawthorne, who was talking to himself and
flexing in the mirror, as the bell rang.
"Mr. Cawthorne, somebody took my shoes and I have a test next period."
"I don't know what to tell ya kid," he replied.
Just then they heard laughing from the bathroom stalls, so Mr. Cawthorne
and Bill went over and found Scott and Steve, standing on the toilets,
laughing with Bill's shoes.
"Real funny, you jerks," Bill yelled.
Mr Cawthorne replied, "Don't worry I'll write you a pass and these two
boneheads will serve J.U.G. at 2:20."
Bill chuckled and went to class, while Steve and Scott stood in
When asked by reporters how he handled such a terrible incident, Mr.
Cathorne replied, "Well I have parking lot duty in the morning so I'm
well-prepared for crazy things such as these which the day has instore for
Living a quiet and
secretly for most of her life, Emily Dickinson was able to write 7,500
poems. Dickinson wrote for the love of poetry, not wanting anything in
return for her skill. When she died, she wanted all of her poems burned,
so that nobody could ever read them. However, her poems were published
despite her plea, and is now one of the most popular women writers ever.
One poem that especially stands out in my mind is, "Because I Could Not
Stop For Death," by Emily Dickinson. I like her unique style of writing
that gives the reader her perspective of what it is like to be dead.
There are three interesting things that can be found in this poem. She
depicts Death as a person rather than a happening, or way of life. After
Death comes for her on the carriage, they travel through her childhood,
reminiscing of her younger days. Lastly, she uses images of bature to
convey the character's inner landscape. With these three topics,
Dickinson portrayed the meaning of Death as unescapable or inevitable.
Dickinson personifies Death as a visitor into her life. "Because I
could not stop for Death-/ He kindly stopped for me-" As seen from the
first two lines of the poem, Emily Dickinson views Death as someone that
has come take her away. It is not an occurrence, that happens naturally,
but instead Death had come on a carriage to pick her up and bring her to
her destination (in this case, her after-life). It can also be determined
that because Dickinson refers to Death as "He," then she is talking about
God. She feels that when it has come her time to die, that God, Himself
will personally arrive and lead her wherever it may be.
Dickinson brings you on a journey through what seems like her
childhood on her way to heaven. "We passed the School, where Children
strove/ At Recess- in the Ring-" I interpret this as your whole life is
one big journey until the end, and when it has come your time, you see
what life had to offer you. It is like when somebody says, "I just saw my
life flash before my eyes." This occurs on a dangerous experience, in
which this time you have avoided Death, but when your time to die has
come, then you will be brought on a longer, more prolonged journey through
your life and your experiences.
Lastly, Dickinson uses images of nature to convey the character's
inner landscape. "We passed the Fields of Grazing Grain-/ We passed the
Setting Sun-" The "Grazing Grain" may signify all of the people that had
influenced her life in any way. This is so because she helped and then
moved on, just as she is moving on to another place after she has helped
in her life. The "Setting Sun" signifies the end of the day in relation
to the end of her life. Everyday the sun comes and goes, and this is true
among people as well, so that we must move on and continue with our lives.
Deaths occur and they are painful, but it is not something to dwell on
rather one should move on with their life.
"Beacuse I Could Not Stop For Death" by Emily Dickinson portrays many
intersting ideas that are particularly important to me. They allow me to
view not only the poem on the outside, but also the author themself from
the inside. All poems have a meaning, and it is up to you to figure out
the point that the poet is trying to get across. At first, it may bot be
apparent, but it can be found with a little incite.
Sports are extremely popular in America today, for the
main reason of interest and pleasure. Americans buy, and watch things
that are going to keep their interest, and things that allow them to enjoy
daily. This is why sports in America are so highly looked upon, as not
only forms of recreation, but also a way to make a living. Karate is no
exception to popularity. Although it may not be as highly watched as say
baseball or football, in its own, it grabs the interest of many for the
main reason of discipline and self-defense.
Karate is very much so a sport by definition. It is an event taken
place competitively by many people, yet resulting in a form of
entertainment. Karate is a form of martial arts, which is intended not
only for defense but recreation as well. People may engage in karate for
defensive skills at first, but often find a greater love that makes then
continue and reach their goals. It is also a source of diversion, in
terms that it can be a good way to get away from stress and problems that
you may encounter in everyday life. Karate can be an addictive sport and
in most cases, a healthy one, allowing you not only to grow physically but
mature mentally as well.
Brandon Fitzgerald is a young boy who loves the sport of karate, and
practices it often. For him it is not only a means of recreation, but it
does more than that. “I feel stronger, faster, and more disciplined. I am
also a lot more confident” (Fitzgerald). Karate, like many sports, has
been Americanized from its original form. Karate came from Japan as a
means martial arts, used in hand-to-hand combat. Men were trained to be
able to protect themselves against invaders and enemies, using only hands
and feet. However, in America, karate is used for self-defense, but also
now more of a disciplinary activity. It not only helps you defend yourself
but also allows you to mature at a younger age because of the obedience
needed to be portrayed to the masters.
Lastly, at this time of tragedy, and tough stages in American
History, more and more people look to karate as a way of strengthening
against enemies individually and also as an entire nation. My cousin
Chris, who is a black belt and very much a professional said, “Because of
the mental strength the martial arts develops, students get so absorbed in
Cardio Karate class, their problems seem a million miles away” (Puleo).
Karate is seen as a way to bring people together as a means of common
goals. People want to be ready in tough or unexpected situations, and
karate is a sport that teaches you to be alert at all times. Unity and
discipline are a huge part of strength, and they are both combined in
Karate is a sport that fits the definition, and attends to many
willing participants. It has come a long way from the old Japanese
teachings to the more Americanized way forms and techniques. Because of
the tragic time we are in karate is also coming back in popularity as a
means of unity and discipline, which is why karate is an American sport.