If he was with his buddies, then they always hunted or fished, as most boys who grew up in the country loved spending time out in the country. He remembered having a great time with his friends, but he also said he really enjoyed spending time with his family as well. They played card games nearly every night, and he said, since there were so many siblings, it was easy to get any kind of game going outside, which happened nightly when the weather cooperated. Along with the cards and outside games, Jerry said he really enjoyed family picnics at a lake nearby their property. In the spring,
About a couple of months later, everything was beginning to go back to normal, I still do not have the courage to speak about my grandmother or grandfather without shedding a tear. However, I do remember them by showing me to never give up. Their words and actions will be with me forever, as hard as life gets, never back down, if you do… you better get back up. And to this day, I have been knocked down twice, but I have been able to get back up. Therefore, after losing two of my favorite people, there is now a good reason to celebrate Dia de Los
By Jim’s kindness and love towards Huck, and the different characters that have impacted Huck’s life, readers can gain a deeper understanding of how racism can lead people to judge character too soon. Huck’s experiences of living with Pap impacted him in a negative way. For example, Huck’s thoughts on his relationship with his father are shown when he says, “Pap he hadn’t seen me for more than a year, and that was comfortable for me; I didn’t want to see him no more. He used to always whale me when he was sober and could get his hands on me; though I used to take to the woods most of the time when he was around” (Twain 21). Huck realizes that life will be easier away from his father because whether Pap was drunk or sober, Huck was always in a bad situation, either neglected or abused.
One of the more memorable activities was when Alex, Dylan, William, Sam, Abbie, Greg, and I went to the Huck the first day. Alex wanted to go sit by the waterfall, so we all walked down to that area. Sam played his music and we all barely talked. It was so peaceful. Montreat is my favorite place in the world.
In Crooked River Burning by Mark Winegardner David grows up seeing both good and bad around him each and every day. David will be affected by the people around him in ways that might not always be apparent at a glance. Stan Betty and David are the main three characters in the beginning of the novel for good reason. They will have the the greatest influence on David until his late teen years. Stan and Betty live next door to David’s old house leading to David seeing Mikey every once in a while.
I have been embraced by my department; a group of single mothers far more educated than I am, who nevertheless give me a voice and an opportunity to speak. I sit at the table during community police meetings, and I am there when we gather with the hospitals and organizations that silently move mountains to improve the area. On the weekends, I organize sports and games in the park for kids at risk for gang recruitment. I helped sixth graders plant mums along Main Street; for many, it was the first time they had planted anything. Mums and sports in the park are precious, surface level community projects.
At first, the despair stuck with me, and the job terrified me. Despite cautious remarks of working with gang members - two weeks into the program - I felt connected to the regular families who showed up for the SNL activities. One family in particular stood out as proof that I had made an impact, the Rodriguez family. Richard, their twelve-year-old son openly expressed his future as one being doomed for failure. Richard began telling me about his life:
“Just save all your homework until I get back.” He told me jokingly. He left two weeks after that conversation. It was easy at first, but as weeks and more weeks went by I was in agony. I couldn’t live without my older brother. He always send notes to my mom with little notes to me which I appreciated but it was no comparison to having him there to mess with me and bring me the type of joy you can only get from your sibling.
On page 201-202 of A Separate Peace Gene narrates “I myself had often been happy at Devon, but such times it seemed to me that afternoon were over now.” This quote shows how Gene was changed from a carefree student to a worried soon-to-be solider. The troops only add to the feelings of sadness because of Finny's death since Gene sees what the future holds. Overall, John Knowles’ fictional book A Separate Peace has many themes. One of the prevailing themes is that of the imminent war and enlistment. The war encroaches and finally dominates the boys lives at Devon.
As we pull up to the parking area at the start of the trails, I knew that our excitement during the long drive was worth it. I had planned this trip for months. Toiled over the minor details; the food, shelter, entertainment, parking pass, you name it. This was something I had wanted to do since I was just a little kid and now that I was here, it felt surreal. The sound of nature all around us, no signs of man besides our canoe and gear for as far as I could see.