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December 2019

The Power of Respect

How Luca and I gained respect for each other


”Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it”

- RG Risch



        We all need someone to respect, and to respect us in our lives. My friend Luca and I have respected each other for a very long time. Luca and I hadn’t hung out much before 8th grade started, but once it had started, we became good friends and gained a lot of respect for each other, and that respect has helped us be happy people. 

        Luca and I have gained a lot of respect for each other this year. When we see each other at school we respect each other each day by asking how each other’s day is going. It started out as a joke but we now have a lot of respect for each other and we legitimately want to know how each other’s day is going so we can be happier. Before 8th grade started I knew Luca was a nice person to be around and I already had some respect for him. Once 8th grade had come around I used that respect and asked him how his day was going. It might have sounded awkward reading it but in person it was a totally normal thing. He was pretty surprised at me asking how his day was going because it doesn’t normally happen. Once he noticed he replied simply with, “I’m good today, how about you?” And I was surprised by this. I didn’t think he would ask me how my day was going, I thought he would just say “good” and continue with his life. We talked throughout the day as normal friends would do and joked about saying it every single day, but I turned that joke into reality. 

       Every day since than, I’ve asked him how his day has been going, and we’ve gained a lot of respect for each other from it. And it has also made me a happier person in general. Respecting each other is something very important in life. Luca and I respecting each other started from a very small thing. It didn’t matter we weren’t friends before 8th grade, it didn’t matter we don’t have any classes together, and it didn’t matter that it was a very small thing I did. It only mattered that the outcome of the very small thing created a lot of respect between Luca and I. 

      This year I learned how important respect is. I’m also realizing why it’s one of Fenns core values. Respect isn’t just being nice to each other, it’s a lot more than that.


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

When I did not want to work...


”Do or do not, there is no try” - Yoda



      Nobody likes to work. While read chapter two from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer I didn’t want to work. Before, and during the time I read chapter two from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I didn’t want to work or do the annotation. I just wanted to stop doing it, and go do something else with my life. 

     During English class, my English teacher Fitz had us do the annotation for chapter two of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I didn’t want to do the work since I don’t enjoy reading; however, I knew I had to get the work done. During the time of me reading it was easy for me to find words and phrases, but the quotes and themes made me want to explode with tears. They were just very annoying to pick out and I’d rather do anything other than having to find them. I just didn’t want to do the work. I started conversations with myself in my head. What was I gonna do later tonight? What was I gonna do tomorrow? When will I ever get this Midyear exam sheet done? I just didn’t want to do the work, but like I said before, I just knew I had to. So I continue going through and no matter how much I wanted to distract myself, I made sure I wouldn’t, and eventually I got it done, and I was relieved. I threw that assignment behind me and I did not have to find any more quotes or themes. I felt great. 

      At first I did not want to work, and I wanted to quit, but I got the job done. I didn’t want to do the work, I didn’t want to find the quotes and themes, and I didn’t want to read through the whole chapter just to find them. But when I did I got the work done and I was very happy with myself. In the end, I learned an important lesson. 

No matter how bad you don’t want to do something you are required to do, just get it over with, and you will be fine.