It was a rainy day, for I felt gloomy, tired, drowsy, and drained. It was freshman year, and I was ready to compete in the regional championships of 1A high school swimming. I was going to swim in the 400 freestyle relay, and I was nervous, excited, ready, and energized. As I sat on the bleachers, where the CSD swim team was located. Before I knew it I was up on the starting block, just about ready to dive off after the previous swimmer made it to the wall.
James McBride, author of the memoir The Color of Water, grew up in a dangerous time period for people of his color. Throughout the early to mid-1900s people that were African American or mixed were not treated the same as they are now. Many lives were taken during that time purely for the reason that their skin was not white. Although some individuals had a lighter skin tone, despite being mixed, many were not bestowed that “blessing”, as it would have been deemed in that time.
James McBride’s memoir, The Color of Water, was written in a way that told his life story alongside his mother’s. Their entwined stories helped readers better understand how the effects of both his and his mother’s life changed him. He wrote about the struggles he experienced due to the racial inequality within his lifetime as well as the racial battles his mother faced. Not only did these tales create who he is today, they have entailed a new meaning. They have managed to touch people’s hearts and expose a struggle that has long been forgotten.
In the memoir, The Color of Water, McBride uses events from his childhood to explain why his adulthood turned out the way it did. McBride went through many things in his childhood. McBride had eleven other siblings, and he was the eighth one. From him losing his father, to his mother never really recovering from his death. That is when everything started going downhill for him.
James McBride underwent an idiosyncratic life like no other; In illustration, he grew up to a penniless Jewish Jewish mom that he had a miniscule comprehension of, 11 siblings ranging in colors from chocolate black to cream white, and two fathers that would ultimately perish before he attained the age of adulthood. On the contrary, he and his siblings grew up, despite being poverty-stricken, to take on occupations such as doctors, teachers, lawyers, and journalists. This very scenario appears peculiar and odd to the general, but snugs itself well in The Color of Water ; A contentious and suspenseful memoir where James McBride, the main character, pieces the lost fragments of his unknown past. James does so in recent chapters by embarking on a travel across Virginia and New
Individuals sometimes keep hurtful, embarrassing situations and memories as secrets from their loved ones for their own protection. In the book titled “ The Color of Water.” James McBride writes his life story as well as a tribute to the life of his white Jewish mother. In the story, there are many secrets that exist and the burden of them tears people and relationships apart. The theme of the burden of secrets is displayed throughout the novel in Ruth’s inability to openly discuss her past to anyone because she is hurt and wants to protect her family.
Wallence, David Foster, “This Is Water”. Kenyon College Commencement Speech, 2005. In “This is Water”, the author David Foster Wallance introduces the idea of people being concern of what is revolving around them, causing the individual to avoid the fact they are responsible of their own actions and thoughts. In the process, Wallance claims that people live their life the way they think they should, because it has come to a point that everything they do becomes a routine.
Summer’s Best Event My summer’s best event was going walleye fishing in Canada. Walleye fishing in Canada was summer’s best event because it was a fun-filled experience, it was my first time walleye fishing, and it was my first time to Canada. The most fun thing that I did this summer was going on a vacation to Canada for fishing.
Almost Making It Happen I expected to get a few bruises, but not a getting a concussion. Before the soccer game, my idea of a concussion was getting bumped in the head, receive headaches, and it would heal up in a week and then you would go back to the way you were. I was wrong. At times, concussions can be deadly, and if you have them more than once, it will decrease your chance of keeping your brain healthy and surviving. Concussions can also give you migraines and make you dizzy.
I woke up Saturday the 20th, of September with the feeling of a painful sting in my throat. It was two and a half hours before the gun would be fired and I was to race the longest distance I ever did in my life, 21.1km. Well, it all really started almost a year before. I began joining my mom in her 10km runs as she was preparing for her Picton marathon, which she later couldn't participate in due to an injury. I felt that running 10K was possible and started thinking about going further.
In the story The color of Water, by James McBride, James learns a lot from a new person. In chapter 22, James meets a character named Aubrey Rubenstein. They talk for a while. Rubenstein gives James a lot of knowledge that he will learn from. To begin with, James first meets Aubrey Rubenstein on a synagogue’s steps.
In front of Hitler, the Washington rowing team was the victor the 1936 Olympics. The Washington team was a handful of boys who had come from the Wild West during the Great Depression. They didn’t have money, but they had power and a willingness to work hard. Joe, the main character, had innumerable experiences in his life that he could of used to destroy him, but they only made him stronger. Conversely, plenty others would have given up.
For a long time now girls have been behind boys in schooling, which can be attributed to the misconceptions in the past regarding females limited capacity for learning. Yet, after all the centuries of girls being left in the dark concerning schooling they have not only caught up to the boys, they have surpassed them. The article, “The boys at the Back” by Christina Hoff Sommers, talks about how girls now receive better grades than boys and the implications that come with it. Christina Hoff Summers is a Scholar who studies the relationship between gender, sexuality, and politics. As an expert in gender, sexuality, and politics she is very knowledgeable about this topic and can provide accurate information.
The pound of my heart and the gasps for oxygen in the last stretch of a cross country race demonstrate my body’s resilience in a strenuous situation. All of my body systems work tirelessly together in order to keep my feet moving across the finish line. The countless hours of preparation beforehand have been to train and prepare these systems to power me through a race, even when I want to give up. Much like a cross country race, over the semester I have learned that hard work beforehand pays off. The more I studied and prepared for tests, the better I would do.