"Being a Negro in America means trying to smile when you want to cry. It means trying to hold on to physical life amid psychological death. It means the pain of watching your children grow up with clouds of inferiority in their mental skies. It means having their legs off, and then being condemned for being a cripple." Where Do We Go From Here 1967.
My family and I were watching a movie last night, my sisters and mother on the sofa, and my nephew in my lap on the love seat and I realize that we hadn't done something like this in so long that it made me think, how long until I'm the only one with my mother surrounded by all these foster children, and then I came to the conclusion that it would be next year that this would actually happen. My sister is a senior in high school and is applying to colleges, so she'll be out of the house next year, my brother in his third year of college now and I barely see him. I will be the only child living with my mother come next year, not including the foster kids, and from there two years will fly by and then I will be starting college myself. It's hard to think that life makes it seem like you have all the time in the world until you wake up one day and you wonder, where is everyone? How did this happen? And it's because we are neglectful to our time now, we take the time for granted until we notice that it's all gone. The time with our families, our friends, until it's gone we don't want to think about it, then we wish that we could have it all back. It's such a big question that a lot of people are debating it even today in their everyday lives, what happened to the time? Everyone grows up so fast. It's awful for me to think that one day I will have a family and I might be working so much that I am neglectful and don't take the time to listen to them have fun with them, simply show love that I once felt. It's important to take the time because we all don't know how much time we have left.
Stephon. J. Kindle II
9th grade Fitz English Section 2
Thoreau Walden Literary Analysis#1
Due: November 7th, 2014
“I cannot but think that if we had more true wisdom in these respects, not only less education would be needed, because, forsooth, more would already have been acquired, but the pecuniary expense of getting an education would in a great measure vanish.”
-Walden, Economy, Henry. D. Thoreau
Through education we gain intelligence and wisdom, but Henry David Thoreau said that through experiencing different events people are able to truly understand and learn. In Economy the first chapter of Walden by Henry. D. Thoreau, in particularly the sub category "Education", the reader is able to learn and understand what Thoreau was trying to explain about education and what his definition of it was.
“Those things for which the most money is demanded are never the things which the student most wants. Tuition, for instance, is an important item in the term bill, while for the far more valuable education which he gets by associating with the most cultivated of his contemporaries no charge is made.”
-Walden, Economy, Henry. D. Thoreau
It is believed in most people's minds that the only way to understand things are to live through them. For example when someone is talking about marriage, unless he has been married himself before than he cannot give you the knowledge of marriage and how to deal with it because he himself has never lived through it himself, or if you were picked on by an older sibling, an only child would never know the feeling because he has to siblings to bully or be bullied by.
Stephon. J. Kindle II
9th grade Fits English Section 2
Thoreau Walden Literary Analysis#2
Due: November 7th, 2014
Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!!
— Henry David Thoreau.
Life gets easier as you think less and live more. Henry David Thoreau did this at Walden Pond by thinking less about the less important things and living life simply. Thoreau lived his life while he was at walden with great simplicity, he although only for a small time at Walden, lived in a shanty that he built with his bare hands and tools that he borrowed got the parts of his home from different men that no longer needed these simple boards or could no longer afford it. He then set out to write and think as he sat for hours a day and thought about his philosophy and how people waste time with petty things when they could be out living their lives happily and two the fullest.
“By the middle of April, for I made no haste in my work, but rather made the most of it, my house was framed and ready for the raising.” -Walden, Economy Henry. D. Thoreau
Through working diligently but simply, without rushing or worrying Thoreau was able to get the work that needed to be done on his new home finished and was able to fix his house to his likings, a place where he'd spend a little over two years living in, working on his writing which we all know today, and focusing on his work that he had to do to survive day by day, whether it was collecting firewood, or planting and harvesting his vegetation. Thoreau was determined to live life with less hardships and more self luxury.
“It appeared to me that for a like reason men remain in their present low and primitive condition; but if they should feel the influence of the spring of springs arousing them, they would of necessity rise to a higher and more ethereal life” Walden, Henry. D. Thoreau
From Walden I have been able to understand more about Mr. Thoreau and what he wanted to share with us, and through the harkness discussions that we've had discussing the parts that we have already read, I have found an eagerness to continue in the reading, an urge for more if you would, about what Thoreau has to say. This was just the appetizer, I can't wait for the main course.
Your heart will lead you to wonderful people especially when you love that Someone so much that your willing to take it to the next level. From walks in the park to dates ending with happiness and laughter, my oldest sister Angela and my now brother-in-law Omar were a perfect fit for each other, after a long while of rising romance they finally decided to bring the next step forward. They decided that it was time to tie the knot. 2006 was the year that they got married, in the church that my family had co-founded together. That day was momentous and truly wonderful. I can remember when they said there vows, with tears in their eyes and love in their hearts, they eagerly said I do. My sister looked very beautiful with her magnificent white gown with glitter at the corner of her eyes and on her shoulders, and her veil entangled in her small hair bun, and my brother-in-law with his tailored white dress suit and tie. Everything was wonderful, and everyone on both sides of the family were excited and approving of the couple.
The entire day was filled with clashing pads, adoring fans, and a whole ear drum popping amount of screaming. Football cultivated my time today, as I went to my old Pop-Warner team games today seeing how I was a Junior coach and needed show my support, although I wasn't on the field, I was making sure that my teams players, the opposing teams players, and the family got food and beverages to eat while they watched the game, I manned the grill and one of the frying mechanisms throughout the first half of my day, cheering on all of my teams, and the players. Upon my returning home after a hard days work, I came to find out that I was right on time to watch the football games that went on throughout the day, I was pleased when my co-favorite NFL football team the New England Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders off of the outstanding interception from nose tackle Vince Wilfork, and I was extremely exhilarated when the other side of my co-favorite team the Seattle Seahawks made a spectacular beat against the Denver Broncos i.e the team I dread the most. All of the games I saw today were hard fought battles until the very end and it was great to have a good friend with me through the second half of the day cheering right alongside me. Altogether I guess I can say, and I quote rapper Ice Cube from the movie the ride along, "today was a good day".