“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” This quote by Jack Canfield portrays the idea that you will never get what you want until you face your fears to get it. This is clearly shown through the narrator in the short story “Touching Bottom” when she faces her fears of losing her way in the world. In the short story “Touching Bottom” the narrator looked to her father for guidance, looked to the clear water and the bottom lines for safety, and in the end she finally looked to herself and found her inner strength to be independent. The narrator looked to her father to guide her through everything because she was too scared to face things on her own. This was because he gave her a sense of protection. When …show more content…
This feeling finally came to her after she was swept away by the current in the ocean. This was because she had to figure out her own way out of the situation, even though she looked back in her memories to what her father told her, she had to do it because it was just her life on the line anymore. After this horrible circumstance she found the courage to stand on her own. This decision led her to divorcing her husband and moving back home to live on her own. She was finally strong enough after seeing her stepson years later to go back to the pool and swim. Her getting back to swimming wasn't the thing that showed us as the readers that she was a strong independent women, it was the fact that she got back in the pool when it had been filled with salt water and it was no longer clear and the lines on the bottom of the pool were blurry. This showed us that she no longer needed something to guide her through her life and she was truly strong and independent. The narrator leaned on her father for protection and guidance, she looked too the clear water and lines on the bottom of the pool for security, and in the end she finally found her inner strength and the ability to be independent without anyones guidance. The narrator struggle with looking to something to guide her through her life, until she realized that she had the strength that she needed
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During her walk she hears footsteps behind her. She knows that it is not someone she knows but whispers, “Mom,” just incase. During all of this she reminds herself of what her mother would think. She thinks to herself, “These were all things mother would have said showed a lack of thought.” Then
Her father uses God as a way to teach life lessons. He would ask questions to her, such as: “Why do you think the Lord gave us seeds to grow, instead of just having our dinner just spring up out there on the ground like a bunch of field rocks?” (Kingsolver 36). The answer is that “the Lord helps those that help themselves” (Kingsolver 37). This meant that God wanted people to
Jeannette’s parents, while on the mentally unstable side, were always against being even somewhat normal. Though the younger Jeannette, at times, wished that their family could be like everyone else instead of constantly doing the “skee-daddle”, it wasn’t until she grew up that she knew her parents strange ways taught her to be an independent, unique individual. When Rex, Jeannette’s father, threw her in a sulfur spring in attempts to teach her how to swim, Jeannette got extremely upset at him for seemingly trying to drown her. Although his way of teaching her was a bit cruel, she discovered he was only trying to help her. “If you don’t want to sink, you better figure out how to swim,” he told her (Walls 66).
She watched her mother die slowly and she watched her dad struggle to take care of her. As a young kid or even as an adult watching the person who is supposed to raise you and teach about love, and everything you need to know in life will greatly affect what type of person you turn into. One of the most heartbreaking things you can go through as a child is watching your mother slowly die and then watching your father struggle to take care of her and provide for the family. Ida went through a lot, her mom was sick and then her mom’s sister Clara came to help out and caused a lot of drama in the family. All the fighting put a lot of stress on young Ida, “Mama charged Clara with sneaking into the house like an enemy, charger that she had always covered papa, berated her for taking advantage of illness to have her way” (283).
Her childhood was not like many children; it was a dark, scary and unhappy time in her life that left scars on her mental and physical health. So, that is why at the age of 12 she ran away from her home to live with her strict grandmother who agreed to train and educate
I tried to go on the rides, but on the third one, when I went down a waterslide and landed in the pool and couldn’t touch the bottom. I freaked out. Reyna felt like she didn’t want to be alone anymore and needed someone by herself. She didn’t want to be different and separate from other and needed comfort. Reyna had sometime felt like she didn’t belong because she was in a place she didn’t know very well or understood
Next, telling her family was the hardest part. Rose’s mother disown her and was left by herself to care for a little child when she was still growing herself. She was sleeping outside for days before her grandparents save her and her unborn child. In spite of all this, my aunt never give up in life. My aunt taught me that life is not easy and be more flexible with change in your life
Angela’s Everlasting Impact In “Angela’s Ashes” Frank McCourt portrays women as key characters in the book that overall had a major impact on his life in Ireland. He states that “Angela’s Ashes” is a hymn to the exaltation to women, which most would consider an accurate statement because throughout the story he points out key characters that have a major impact on his life. He portrays his mother and his Aunt Aggie as two women who impacted his life for the better but overall he portrays women as strong-willed.
“If you don 't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim” (41). Although Rex Walls was not always an admirable father and role model, he did make an essential point while teaching his daughter, Jeannette, how to swim. In life, not everything comes without resistance. As Jeannette Walls describes throughout her life story, sometimes people are forced to face hardships that make them question their whole life. However, as seen in her book, it is important to learn to take those hardships and use them to shape one’s future for the better.
My nerves from the first class unexpectedly came rushing back. These students grew into great swimmers, but I knew that the depth of the water could petrify them. The first few students were able to swim back up with little to no effort, but the last girl lost her footing and slipped into the pool and couldn 't resurface. I froze as I saw her struggling to swim and breathe. My mind quickly flashed back to the time I jumped out of my tube and almost drowned.
In the novel The River Between Us Mama is very affected by the war her baby boy Noah goes off to war and she doesn't know what to do without him. When Noah was gone at war Mama became very depressed. She told her daughter Tili to go and get her son and don’t come back without him. One day they brought a body back and Mama thought it was her precious son. Before she found out that it wa really her husband, she already committed suicide.