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The True Meaning of Tradition
“Tradition is the illumination of permanence”
~ Woody Allen
Everyone has a tradition of their own. Every year on the morning of Christmas my family and I have a coffee cake that was frozen from the grocery store, but it is not about what we do that makes this tradition special, but about what it means to us that makes it special. If it wasn’t for tradition, our family wouldn’t have this special moment that means more that just an unhealthy breakfast together. Eating this coffee cake recognizes the connection and love every one of us has for each other. It makes our family remember that we always have each other, even with all the other distractions in our lives blocking us from family. We all sit at the table in the morning of Christmas together eating coffee cake because that is what brings us together. Tradition is something that helps you remember and look back or forth on something. For my family we eat coffee cake together because it brings us closer as a family. It helps us veer our minds away from the real life distractions like school, work and social life and the worries we have about all of it. It brings us together to remember that we always have each other and that no matter what happens we always will. When you have time like this with your family you look back on memorable things that you have had with your family because it makes you realize the importance of them. It also makes you look forward, because it makes you think of why you need to cherish you family. Tradition is the memory of the past and the positive outlook of the future.
Am I Prepared to Travel the World?
Learning more about the World Around you.
~ Robert Frost
The World is filled with varieties of different people and places and there is countless different cultures and communities. I have only been out of Country once. I went to Ecuador for a few days before going on a boat to visit the Galápagos Islands. Just from being in a different country I realize that it is extraordinarily different from the place I live in now. The people, setting and culture was completely different. It is hard to travel to these places and be prepared to positively adapt to the new culture and a new place. Am I prepared to travel the World?
Why book are the past, present and future
Books can be seen as a piece of paper with two covers and filled with paper, or they can be seen as someone’s life or a story that you are able to carry in your hand. It is all how open you are to reading book and wether you believe they can make a difference in your life that matters. Your mindset is what runs your mind and what opens you up to different things wether it’s a book or something you encounter in life. You can either look at it as what it seems, or you can see the deeper meaning of what is within.
The Old Man and the Sea
“But man is not made for defeat,"
~ Ernest Hemingway
The book, The Old Man and the Sea, is a very enjoyable book to read. It is not the longest book, but it is dense with great description, plot and it is very well written. I am currently just finishing day three and it is starting to get very exiting.
We don’t all get the chance to follow in someone else’s footsteps. Or get the change to follow a path that someone has already been through. I have that chance. Throughout my life my dad and my mom have been mentors and the base of my life. I had always followed in their footprints with my own and tried to leave a trail that will make them proud.
When you have three kids it is hard to deal with the stress and responsibility it takes to handle them, and as a little kid it is hard to know what your parent are going through and how you can help them go through it. As you grow you come to realize that they have done more for you than anyone has ever done in your lives and you never can pay back that kindness and relationship your parents have given you, but you can try. Wisdom comes with age and with that wisdom you are able to realize what you have put your parents through. Some may never have the strength of being a parent that loves and cares for a kid, but if you do it is a large and loving commitment.
When I was a kid, I was the kind that would run off when parents weren’t looking and I would scream and shout at anyone and anything at any time. And my parents didn’t only have to deal with me but also had to deal with two other brothers similar. One time I went to an aquarium with my whole family when I was really little, about 4 years old. My parents said that I saw a really cool fish at the aquarium and when they weren’t looking I ran to go and find that fish. I eventually got lost form my family. My parent then searched all over the aquarium and ask many people if they had seen me. They eventually found me and we left right after because I was crying so much because I was scared.
Loving parents do what is necessary for keeping you safe and protected from whatever hits. They will protect you at any means necessary. Being a parent is one of the hardest things someone can do and even though I have never been a parent I can see the responsibility and love it takes in order to be a good one.
Not everyone has parents that take care of them and love them as much as mine. I am lucky to have been put in a situation that I can thrive and be protected and supported by people that love me.
Now that I am older I see that parent do so much more than take care of you. They show you a path that leads to success and they help you trough that path no matter what it takes.
What Needs to Be done
“No matter how much experience you have, there’s always something new you can learn and room for improvement.”
~ Roy T. Bennett
In life there is always improvements that can be done to different things in order to make them better. I am currently a ninth grader at The Fenn School in Concord MA and there are improvement that can be done by the students and faculty to make the school and the community better. The Fenn school is a wonderful place that has lost it’s freedom, and countability.
How can you get power?
“Power doesn’t corrupt people, people corrupt power.”
~ William Gaddis
In books you can find that the themes and concepts in that read can relate to your life. In the book, The Lord of the Flies, there are themes present in the book that to real life. The first theme is the weak and the strong, [page 10] “He was old enough, twelve year and a few months.” The weak and the strong in the book show each characters power over the group. Ralph and Jack who are older and stronger are the ones leading the people even if what they are doing is not right. “We are on an island. We have been on the mountaintop and seen water all around. We saw no houses, no smoke, no footprints, no boats, no people. We are on an uninhabited island with no other people on it. " [Lord of the Flies, Chapter 2, Page 38] Ralph takes the charge and spits facts to the people. The weak and the strong in the book relates to the rich and the poor in modern day life. The rich people have more power because they are more pronounced in society. You don’t ever hear new about a person in poverty that makes a difference. It is not because lower class people cant make a difference, it is that other people don’t believe they can. It may be hard but you can be strong.
While being quarantined in my house there is not much that you can do. The only boundaries are your house, you cant go anywhere else to do anything unless get essential stuff or else you will be at risk. When you have only a small space to do things you find things that you can to.
Behind My house i have a small shed that I keep all of my thing that I use for fishing. It is not very neat or clean in there so I decided to clean it up and add some things that would make it more neat.
I took some old wood that we had from previous year building a hockey rink in the winter and I cut some up to make shelves for all of the bikes where I kept my lures. I also nailed some nails into the wall so that I could hang my fishing rods horizontally. I put a small table that was abandoned in our garage and I put some tools and other things. And then lastly I took and old broken rod and nailed it to the wall to make holders for my fishing line.
Even though it does not seem like it, there is many things to do that can make you occupied throughout the day, it is just a matter of finding them.
Sometimes times alone are the best times you have. During the quarantine before school started, I was basically nocturnal. I would wake up really late during the day and go to bed late at night. I like doing this because at night it is just me. There is no one around me talking, complaining and arguing about things, just me. And the silence of the night.
Before I had all this time I never really realized why I liked staying up at night. Sure I liked staying up with friends during a sleepover or in town because we aren’t supposed to, but it is different by yourself. It is like you are in a different world, where you can’t see or hear any of the imperfections of life. You are in a bubble of your thoughts and are in silence and freedom. There is no one telling you what to — as long as you are quiet.
It is hard being able to find that feeling of separation between you and the distractions and manipulation of the world. But if you are able to it is a time that changes you.