Friday, October 3. 2008
Both Truman Capote's Buddy and the nameless narrator in Luis Omar Salinas's "My Father is a Simple Man" recall experiences involving influential elders.
I'd like you to do the same.
Write a short tribute piece about an older person who you care about, someone who has influenced you. It can be someone in your family (parents, grandparents, etc.), although it doesn't have to be. It can be written in either prose (non-poetic writing) or the sort of free-verse poetry Salinas uses (where the rhythms are even but no rhyme scheme is used). If you're stuck on how to begin, both Capote and Salinas provide you with good models.
If you feel like taking the assignment a step further, you can show your work to your subject when you're finished - although that's your choice.
I'm looking forward to seeing the tributes roll in over the weekend. Please post your work by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 5th, and write honestly and well; last week's blog was a wonderful success, and I have high hopes for this one as well.
EDIT: For those of you who are confused about how to respond in free-verse poetry form, check comment #16 - Tiffany W.'s - for a beautiful example.
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During every one of my grandfather's birthdays, my whole family, mostly from my father's side, used to gather together to celebrate. We always went to the same Chinese restaurant and ordered the same kinds of foods. It soon became a sort of tradition to hold a massive celeration there every year. What I learned from this repetitive event was that those parts of my life were very precious to me. I soon realized these memories would never be repeated again and that made me hold these memories more dear. These memories, the ones you usually disregard, are usually the ones you may miss the most when they're not possible anymore. My grandfather influenced my view on these memories and now I cherish the time I spend with my family.
There was a student writing at her desk.
What happened as the student wrote? A note was procured from the writing,
and was filled with several tidings.
"To my mother, whom I love, I send thee wishes of good health from above.
For now I write of you, due to school. My latest assignment is to describe you,
in fact. I must describe your influence upon me with tact. With this, I tell of
something that involves the reason for my current person. I must sadly say this
is the worst. It is consisting of our curse. The curse of sadness.
We are all sad, yet why is it you seem much more gloomy than the average class?
It has affected me since I was born. That is, having seen you so forlorn.
How it has affected me is of this way: I am now so serious, so protective over
those I care for, that I rarely smile, myself. I am given the want to protect.
That is the effect. I protect my friends, and get in fights. By my wishes to
try to protect you, I go through mental slights. My face turns into a frown only
through rigorous thinking about how I could protect you. With this frown, my
mind thinks up an answer: money. How funny! So, then, I also become a person
who thinks largely of money. For my goal is to, of course, save up money. Then,
I can buy you several things that make you happy... Until now, I must finish my work."
With this, the student stowed away the note she would probably show her mother,
and continued onto her next school assignment.
(Have you ever heard of Dr. Seuss' and Jane Austen's writing mixed together? "I dare say...")
The person I tribute to the most is my grandma because she has influenced me in many ways by telling me how it use to be when she was younger. Once I did a project on my grandma, when I found out about her life as a child. My grandma lived in a rural area in China, and during her time a war was going on. She had to work for a family, struggling in order to earn money for her and her mother. My grandma told me to work hard and never give up, and always spend quality time with my family. Now, every Sunday usually just me, my mom, and my dad would go out to eat at a restaurant with my grandma. We would joke around and try new dishes at every time we eat at a restaurant. Overall, I love my grandma very much and that I will always cherish every thing we do together.
The person who influenced my life most was my grandpa because he made me appreciate not suffering in World War II. Everyone in the war suffered many pains and hundreds of people, friends and family members died for their country. As a Chinese general, he led people into battle to fight German troops. Because of his experience fighting in the war, it taught him to appreciate his life and family. He passed his experience down to me so I would cherish everything we did together. Although he was poor when he was young, he worked as hard as he could to do what he did in the war. Even though he is gone, he will still live in my heart.
One person that has influenced me a lot is my grandma. My grandma fled from China because of World War II. She then had to start a new life in Burma. My Grandma told me how hard it was to start a new life in a country she had never been to. She taught all the lessons that she learned. My grandma said the most important thing to never forget is to never give up. She has taught me many valuable life lessons. Just a few months ago she had surgery on her knee and my dad took me to go visit her at the hospital and I saw her walk around the whole hospital even though she just had surgery. I asked her if her knee hurt and she said not when I'm with my family. She never gave up. I hope to be as strong as her someday.
One person that has influenced me a lot would be my godmother. When I was young she encouraged me to enter into art classes, and now art is my favorite subject. She is always there to encourage and support me in my schoolwork and life in general. My godmother has taught me, in my opinion, some of the best life lessons, mixed in with a couple tales of her and my mother's past. I've spent the night at her house, and her daughter (my cousin) and I just spend most of the night listening to her tell stories of her childhood in Mexico. Even if I am having the most horrible week ever, one night or even a couple hours with her can make all those worries disappear. One of the most valuable things she taught me is to follow my dreams. I wouldn't have accomplished many of the things that I have done if she hadn't told me that. I love her so much, and I don't know what I would do without her.
One person that has influenced me the most was my grandma. She spoke Farsi (Persian language) and I spoke English. Even though we didn’t speak the same language to each other, we somehow knew what the other was saying. She was always telling me to never give up and follow your dreams, which was the best advice anybody has ever gave me. Sometimes she would get out her old pictures when she and her family lived in Iran. I shared so many great things with her and I will always remember the great memories we had together. She still and will forever be in my heart no matter what.
The one person that has influenced me the most would probably be my mom because she helps me better myself. She also helps me make good decisions and she helps by giving me her view on certain situations that I am in. My mom has helped me by doing everything she can for me and my little sister that will benefit us and help us in the future.My mom does get lonely in america and she often brings up about how much she misses her home, Japan. I like to give back to my mom everything she has done for me by making her feel comfortable at home by speaking Japanese to her. My mom means a lot to me. She is definitely the biggest positive influence in my life.
My biggest influence is my grandparents. They have been married for 49 years, and there still going strong. They are totally opposite, that’s what’s so odd. My grandpa is a total German white boy and my grandma is a half Chinese half Hawaiian girl. My grandparents met Pearl Harbor, my grandpa was stationed there, and my grandma was a waitress. I guess you could say that opposites do attract. My grandma is 70 years old and my grandpa is 69, but they don’t act a day older than 50. They have arguments I mean everyone does, but they get over it in a matter of 10 minutes. They want nothing better than there family to be happy. My grandparents are so not selfish, they hardly ever think of themselves. My grandparents influence me by there love and that there always thinking of other people.
I return to China to visit my family about once every three years. I love my family very much, but the one that has influenced me the most would probably be my grandfather.
When I was around seven years old, my gramps and I went out fishing. Being the little kid that I was, I was overly impatient about catching a fish and I got annoyed by the fact that none of the fish were biting. My grandpa taught me that all things must be taken in slowly so that you can you can take the time to appreciate it. Gramps was the kind of the guy that laughed when he made a mistake and resolved to fix that mistake as soon as possible. These characteristics influenced me to be just like my grandpa – fun loving and carefree.
The most influential elder in my life would undoubtedly be my father. School will teach me math, English, history, science, and whatever other courses I choose to take, but the one skill that matters was taught by my father. He taught me to learn how to learn. With that skill, I can process and master a new skill or concept much faster than I could before, and it is a life skill that is essential with computers. Because computer technology grows in cycles about 6 months, I must master the concepts behind what makes them work.
Another skill that my dad has taught me is about independent thinking. I was told that I should question everything, and accept what I found was true because it may turn out that a firmly established belief may be disproved. Maybe many of the practices done by the masses are illogical and only harm you. It is best to think for yourself and let nobody control your life. That is one of the main thoughts that have shaped my life. My morals are my own, but exist only because my dad made me come up with them independently.
Someone who has influenced me a lot while I was growing up and even now would be my mom. My mom has influenced me physically and mentally, pushing me to do better and to never give up. When it came to education, school was the number one priority for my mom. She would make me go to two hours of extra curricular activities everyday, just to maintain my grades and keep her satisfied.
At times I would feel like my mom would take it too far when it came to my grades, but it was for the best and I am glad she did. When it came to my health, she would always influence me not to smoke drugs and tell me to exercise and stay fit. Whenever I wanted to join a sport, she was always their to support me and provide me with equipment to practice. Many times I question why my mom pushes me so hard, but i finally realized its just for the best and I love my mom for giving me everything i need to become successful.
The person that has influenced me the most in my life is my dad. He has made me appreciate all the things I have. I have realized that I am lucky to have both my parents, and to have those two parents care for me so much. My dad has helped me to appreciate being born into a country that gives you equal rights, and freedom of expression, unlike where he was born. I’m happy I did not have to go through the things that happened in Cuba. My dad influenced me so much, and I’m happy he did, because I am now grateful for all I have.
Every Tuesday I go to my Grandma's
She cooks for me...
She cleans for me...
I make her seem like a maid!
I don't mean to,
But whenever I try to help
She doesn't let me.
Sometimes, or many times
I take her for granted
Instead of greeting her,
I run upstairs to greet my cousins instead.
Thinking back, I am overcome by sadness
She does so many things for me
So many of them I shrug off
But this is not the end
But a new beginning.
Next time I go there
I will greet her
Ask her how she is and if anything new happened
And then when I leave
I'll remember to say good bye
And I love you.
One of the most influential people in my life is my dad. He teaches me everything the basic math, science, history, or even English class cannot. My dad has taught me life lessons, how to pick friends, and even how to treat people. Without my dad in my life, I would not be the same person. Without my dad I would not have found the friends that I have now. Because of my dad, my friends like me for who I am and treat me how I treat them.
Another equally important person in my life is my mom. Schools can teach; moms have the power to make you do anything. My mom has not only told me, but influenced me. She has told me that education is the single most important thing in life. Education is the key to a good life. It leads to a good college early on, which leads to a good job. Getting a good job makes earning money easier, which makes life more enjoyable. She has said it so many times, that it is automatically stuck in my brain and is now something I stand for completely.
I lay beside my mother
to hear the wise words she will say
about life, about love, about beauty.
The room is filled with the smell
of her beautiful roses.
They are vibrant and stunning
She tells me stories with her eyes closed
as she rests on the bed
I’ve heard so much but I know so little.
Her words resonate within me.
My mother is so complex,
so many faces, sides, dimensions to her.
She soothes me with soft whispers
then lashes out in retribution, daggers tumbling
from her painted mouth, scarlet like her roses.
My mother is a rose with many a thorn,
alluring and cruel, dangerous.
To love her is to hate her.
Like a queen on her throne,
right and wrong are her’s to choose.
Whether you suffer or live in prosperity
is her choice,
from her lips come life or death.
She does as she pleases;
there is nothing standing in her way.
Our wills break under her’s.
Superficial in nature, she prays that
we, too, will be striking,
a mirror image, her dreams ours.
She takes me out to a moonlit plaza
and we gaze at the costly garments
trapped behind the confines of glass
“If only you were thinner…,” she would say.
We continue to walk, stopping to glance
at an assortment of brightly colored shoes.
“If only you were taller…,” she remarks.
My flaws and blemishes give me nightmares.
But my mother, beneath the layers of her hypocrisy, strength,
And the glamour she wears so proudly,
is simply that: a mother.
And if she were not,
then surely I would not be
who I am today, for better or worse.
The most influential person in my life is my Dad. My dad has been able to influence me and still is on the importance of education. He always told me that education is the most important thing in your life. He always told me, “You’re going to go to college, I’ll make sure of it.” He always pushed me on to be better than all the students and to get great grades in my classes. He supported me with whatever I did in the academic fields or elsewhere. My dad has also taught me valuable information on cooking. He showed me his secrets to success with barbequing and now I can pass it down our family in the future. My dad has taught me the Golden Rule and now I have made many friends because of his wisdom. My Dad has had an impact on my life and I am glad he has.
A second influential person of equal significance is my mom. She has supported me and helped me in the academic field most of the time. Sometimes she would take my grades a little bit too hard, and I will get annoyed. However, I understood that it was for the best, for she told me that a great education leads to a good college which gives you a job that pays you will. I can look at my mom as that example because she completed all of those things: good grades, good college, and a high-paying job. She has always told me the most important things in life and especially drugs. She always said to me that drugs are the downfall of your life, just look at those actors. My mom has been equally important to my life and I am glad that she has told me all of these things.
The most influential person in my life is my Dad. He’s been there for me ever since I was born. If I ever needed help; he’d be there. If I’d ever needed someone to talk to; he’d be there. My father pushed me to become the best I could be, athletically and academically. He told me to get out of what I was comfortable with and try new things. His good advice and encouragement is why I’m in cross country. The biggest thing I’ve learned from him is that you have to work hard to be successful. When he came to America, he was very poor and had almost nothing. Life was very hard. In school, with tremendous work and effort, he became a gerat student and got a scholarship to USC. This has made me fully aware of how lucky I am to have what I have today. Without my Dad, who I love so much, I would not be the person who I am now.
My biggest influential person in this entire world would have to be my grandmother. Even though most kids have two, i only have one, but i don't care, because she is the best grandma on this earth. From a young age, when my mother would always go out with her friends or when she is at work, and my dad was at work as well, my grandmother always made sure that me and my sister always had the best comfort. When we would get sick, she always care for both of us at the same time, even though it was a struggle on herself. She was always smart in her life, wether it was handling a law case or trying to win the lottery, she always managed to always find a solution. I hope that one day, I could be even a half of the person she is today, because if that were to happen, hopefully my children and my grandchildren would look up on me as a role model and not just someone there related to. My love for my grandmother is father than any sky, taller than any tree, and bigger than any ocean, I don't think i would have made it this far, if it wasn't for my one and only grandmother.
Although school can teach you all the knowledge you could possibly want there are still things school can’t teach you, how to be a good character. The person that demonstrated examples consistently to me is my dad. Before, when I was little, I would always be having a hard time with learning games. Then one time I couldn’t take the frustration and started crying. My dad came in the room and tried to comfort me. He told me that I just have to be patient, and that all of my emotions are controlled by me in my head. Up to this day, my dad still helps me with situations I could never go through, and really puts a lot of effort to help me. When it comes to sports, he’s always encouraging me to always work hard, and if you never give it 100% you’ll never be satisfied. That is why I chose my dad for this topic.
It is always hard to see
What my parents have done for me
But being all there behind me
Is best thing that they’ve done for me
They are best sponsors of my life
Since the day I was born
They hold the key of a door that
Leads me to another world,
Their world of happiness and hardness
They are the maps of my destination
Where I am and where I should head for
They tell me most important thing
That getting straight A’s in all my classes
Is not only way to be successful they say.
Being a person with sound mind, appreciation to others,
Help for others, and love for yourself is way to succeed.
They help me find the true value of life
I can’t be more grateful than ever
Even at this moment
I appreciate for them whom I love most in the world.
One person that influenced me in my life is my grandma. She loves to cook and bake so whenever we would go to her house, all the cousins would cook with her. We would make anything we wanted and she would teach how to do it. What we did at her house and sometimes at mine when she babysat us made me want to cook and bake.
Still to this day comes to cook with us and it is always really fun. One thing that she made that was really good was the guacamole. The secret to it was that they grew their own avocadoes that were absolutely amazing! They tasted like butter! Another thing we made together was lahmajune- an Armenian pizza.
The person who influenced me the most would have to be my dad. He has always been an excellent role model to me and others. My dad has always spent time in his busy work schedule to teach me sports as I grew up. He is a deputy sheriff for Los Angeles County, and when his job left him away from his family all the time, he moved to a different job within the department so he could be home with us on weekends and holidays. When I do things that upset him, he will punish me by taking away privileges to teach me a lesson. He has taught me that everything I do and every choice I make in life has a positive or negative consequence. He is a great dad that puts his family first and lives his life by his actions not by empty words.
Someone who has had a major influence in my life would have to be my Grandma Cheryl. My whole life my Grandma has been there for me, whenever anyone in my family needs to talk to someone about something we always go to her. My Grandma loves all of her grand children so much in fact she spoils us; 3 years ago she bought three horses for the grandchildren. Each year my grandma takes all her grandchildren on a vacation previous ones have included going to big bear and staying in a cabin, staying on the Queen Mary, going to Catalina, driving to see the Broadway play “Lion King” in a limo, and most recently staying at Disneyland for four days. While on the vacations we have developed extremely close relationships with everyone in our family. My grandma is one of my favorite people to be around not only does she have a great sense of humor but she is also someone I feel comfortable talking to.
Someone who has been influential to me the most would have to be my dad. He has done so much for me by beeing a great role model for me and my sister, along with many others. He has coached me even though he had a hard working work schedule being a banker. He just loves me and my family and always loves spending time with me. He has coached so many baseball years and helped me out with other sports including football. If I do something wrong he punishes me in a good way to show that I need to change and make that correction. He help leads me to the right direction for a great outcome. He has been a great, a leading, a coachful, and wonderful dad.
Someone who has influenced me would have to be my eldest sister. Her name is May and she is like my second mother. She is mature for her age and yet she still has a random wild side that is always fun to be with. She can sense when I'm troubled and is always there for me. What I love most about her is her total selflessness. Its amazing how she puts my needs before hers. Even though I annoy her at times, she never stops caring.
The air is crisp
And the trees are red and golden
She saunters in the classroom
Everything is still and silent
My fifth grade year will have to be spent with her
She teaches us math and English
Science and history
And in a silent unspoken language she teaches
Of love care and kindness
It is winter time
Outside is chilly but inside the classroom
Is filled with heater air
And her warm words
Her happiness contrasts with the outside sky
2005 has arrived and so has the spring
We grow learning more and more with her
The end of the school year passes by faster than lightning
In the end we each walk out of the classroom of memories
All her words has influenced our perspective of the world
Her classroom that brought together friends for life
And her heart that taught us how to be good people
Thinking to ourselves of how much
She has done to enlighten our young minds
Ms. Morton, Fifth grade teacher, mentor, and friend.
The most influential person in my life is my mother. She is the strongest woman I know, she raised my sister and I all by herself. When I was 2, my sister Katie was born and 6 months later my father passed away. As you could imagine life was very tough for my mom. With 2 children and no money, my mom was forced to sell all of her and my dad’s “Toys.” He wanted all of those “Toys” to be ours and worked hard for them, but my mom had no choice but to sell them because she needed money to support us. Growing up was really hard for my mom, having 2 children and one income is not easy but she did and still does the best she can do to help us. I have learned to be a better person because of her and learned a lot. For example I learned that I have to help her out a lot and be there for my sister. I don’t take much for granted because that it what she has taught me. I know my dad is really proud of her and wishes he could be here to help her. I believe she deserves much more than my sister and I can offer, but she doesn’t complain, well most of the time. I love her so much and I am so glad that she did what she had to because it really paid off, my sister and I have great lives and we owe it to her.
The person who has probably influenced the most would most likely be my brother. Whenever I do something wrong, he’d correct me. When I think I’m right about something, he’d explain why I’m not. He teaches me a lot of things even though he isn’t a real teacher. Even though my brother can annoy me at times, he always knows the right things to say whenever I need someone to talk to. He has influenced me a lot because he’s a really good role model even though he can be a slip-up. My brother yells at me a lot but I know that he does it for a reason.
One person who has had a major influence on me has been my dad. He has showed me how to do so much in life. He has gone out of his way numerous times to be with my sister and me, whether it is helping us out in a time of need or going out with us for a family vacation. I often do things that upset him, and I get punished for it. I know that he only does these things so that I could learn not to do whatever I had done. Whether it’s helping me with homework or if its helping me with life, my dad will always be there.
Given a chance to look back, I realize that there have been many, many people who have helped me in life beyond belief. Of those, there are two people that have influenced me the most(I really couldn't just choose one): Uncle Le (my uncle obviously), and Simon Kuo (My godfather). Uncle Le (or Q) and Simon have watched me grow up, going out of their way to ensure my happiness. When I was young, I was ignorant to how often they were there for me. Q is a man who helps any person who he thinks needs help. He will sacrifice like no other. Simon was there from the very brrginning, even helping in naming me. To me, he's like a second father. I can remember being around them all the time when I was younger, having fun, traveling, learning, and suffering. I look now, not into how they could help me later on, but rather how I can ever repay them fro their intense kindness.
Obviously the person who influenced me the most would be my dad. He was there when I learned how to “ride” and he was the one to teach me. He was always the one to help me with whatever I needed help with. When I was a kid, he was the best to fix anything; he always knew what to do. He was like my Superman. I thought he was invincible, but when he crashed last year on my dirt bike, it made me realize that bad things can happen to anybody. My dad has always been a good person he never got mad and didn’t believe in “quitting.” All I can say is, he’s my dad and I love him.
There are so many people in my life that have influenced me in ways I will cherish forever. The one person that has probably influenced me the most is my grandmother. When I was little and knew so little, she was the one who gave me my first sources of knowledge. My grandmother taught me the true meaning of success, letting me know that as long I try, success isn’t far away. She held my hand with her delicate, pale hand while I tried to draw, helped me up when I fell, and made sure I knew that she loved me so very much. Through those times when I did something terribly wrong, she would forgive me no matter how bad it was. My grandmother has gone off to a much happier place now, but what she has taught me through out those great times we had together will forever stay with me.
Although I loathe her,
My love is ever so deep.
She keeps me screaming into my pillow,
But sometimes helps me sleep.
It is an unavoidable fact,
That she is the one.
She helps me through the rough times,
But always seems to ruin the fun.
The excruciating pain,
I feel in my brain.
She drives me insane,
Nevertheless, she is, the only reason I stay.
When there are problems to be solved,
She has got the equation.
I plug in the numbers,
Due to her persuasion.
She’s been through a lot.
Seen unthinkable things,
Corrupting her life,
Giving it all up for me.
This is why, in my heart,
There will be no other.
The woman I speak of,
Is obviously my mother.
Throughout my lifetime, there have been many people that have influenced me and left an impact on my life. The main person though would have to be my mother. When I was younger my mom and dad separated, and I was chosen to live with my mom. Although my dad was still around, and helped our family out, my mom was the one person that worked all night and day to put a roof over my head and give me everything I need. She has been through a lot, when I was younger she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and there wasn’t one second she stopped fighting for her life. She fought the whole way, and every time I was scared for her she said “you’re the reason I keep going.” As I grew up I watched this strong woman, fight every battle that came her way, and every time something negative came into our lives, she did whatever she could to keep me away from it. There are so many things I am grateful for that she has given me, and because of her I’ve learned many of her qualities that have turned me into a strong young lady. She still today does everything she can for me, and has taught me how to be independent and even though I’m starting to be I know I’m always no matter how old I am need my dearest mommy.
Over the course of my life I have accumulated several passions ranging from soccer to cooking. However, my strongest obsession is one I have picked up over the years from my dad: engineering and construction. My father’s influences on my interests have shaped who I am today and what I adore and aim to pursue later in life. My dad, who excels in the field of engineering, has passed down all he knows and taught me everything from the most intricate task he has ever performed, right down to the nitty-gritty fundamentals that he has nagged me to perfect. He has drilled the tricks of the trade into my head so I know them better than the back of my hand. With several years of numerous hours spent tinkering in our workshop under my belt, my dad now considers me no longer the student but a better engineer then he could have ever achieved. This title my dad has bestowed upon me would never have been in reach, let alone in sight, with out my role model, my teacher, my dad.
The person that influenced me the most in my life is my grandpa. He was the one that helped me with school and problems when I went to live with him for two years while my parents lived in San Diego. He would always give me money when I get good grades or awards. He would take really good care of me and make me breakfast every morning when I came to visit him. I look up to him because he is wise and help the family a lot.
My grandma would go to business trips for weeks and I would come to take care of him. He grows crops as his hobby and I would help him in the garden. He always like to read and wants to know everything about technology and has a paper and a pen ready to list instructions on how to use it when I help him. If I would do one thing to contribute to him, I would try to learn how to read Vietnamese so I can read his published books because he spent years working on it.
The person who has influenced my life the most has been my father Pablo Ramirez. Why he has influenced me the most there are so many reasons. He is a loving caring father who has and will always be there for me. He is hardworking loyal man when he starts anything he will always finish it. Also my father is the oldest brother on his family our family looks up to him. They ask him for advice and favors. My whole family knows that he will always be there for them no matter what. Also my father came from nothing everything he has right now he earn him self. My father paid for his own schooling and worked hard to get ware he at right now. Last of all why I am so influenced in my father is when things go totally wrong he always finds a way to smile and make things better this is why my father is the most influencing to me.
My dad is very special to me and has taught me so much throughout my life. I know that he can be "annoying" sometimes, but usually he only does that because he cares for me. Like when he tells me to wear a jacket or when he wants me to stay home instead of going out late with my friends, he is only thinking of the best for me. Often times I'd give him attitude and then he'd give me a huge lecture about my attitude and how I should obey my mother and father and stuff. And at first, I'd think that the lecture is very dumb and that I don't really care. But then after awhile, when I think back to it, it really makes me want to treat them better and not just think for myself and what I want. Putting myself in their shoes, it makes me realize how rude I've acted towards them sometimes and even through those times, my dad doesn't lose his temper and he keeps caring for me. My dad tries really hard to make me a better person by teaching me to do what's right and stay away from the bad things. Being my dad, he gives me a good example to follow. He influences my thinking of the different aspects of life and he is such a positive and fun, yet serious man. When I couldn't find beauty in the world, he would show me the beauties of nature and how great everything is. While sometimes my mom gets mad at him randomly, he tries his best to not lose his anger even if she's getting mad at him for the stupidest things like if he forgot to take the clothes out of the laundry. But my dad is very strong and he prays a lot for our family and for me, my brother and my sister. He's very godly and I want to follow his ways and be like him when I grow up; to have the patience to not lose temper when I talk to my future mischievous kids or to never give up on them even when they're getting on my last nerves. I couldn't have asked for a better dad.
My mom has influenced my life because first of all she made me. My mom supported my tennis career through out my life sending me too boarding schools and tennis academies. Without my mom i wouldn't have become top 20 in California or top 200 in the United States of America. Even with school situations my mom is always there for me if im getting stressed she helps me out and calms me down. She's the only person that gets me and whenever im sad or in a terrible mood some how she'll make me laugh and forget about it. My friends always come up too me and say Andy why's your mom so funny and cool, and i just smile and laugh and think to myself i am really lucky to have a mom like her. The last thing why my mom influences me is because she calls me her champion boy and pushes me to the top and makes me the best i can ever be, and at the end of the day i can say proudly Susana Jeng is my mom.
My cousin is the one who influences me the most because he taught me what to take into prospective in my life and what is going to come into my future. He taught me to take education seriously but also have fun. Having fun now is very important because you have many more responsibilities when you get older so you have less time. Once you graduate from high school, life becomes considerably different. All the responsibility is on you so no one can help you out of a situation if you get stuck. He supports me even though he lives in a different state.
He teaches these lessons because he learned these lessons from his own mistakes. He also pushes education on me as my number one priority because he didn’t finish college all the way through. He has always regretted it and he wants to go back to school and get his degree. He doesn’t want me to make the same mistake he did. Over all he has really opened up my eyes and showed me what to expect in life. He also wanted me to learn from his mistakes and not wined up in such a harsh situation as he did. I take into consideration everything he tells me.
Part of the poem is--in a way--a form of a metaphor
A young smile danced through the day
With no knowledge of anything
Always happy, innocent, pure
And someone I saw as the universe.
I looked on at him
Tried to be like him
And followed him—
A sky I could never touch.
The present became history,
And my shallow pool I treasured
Became a lake whose end I could not see
I turned back to him, the sky, the universe,
And opened my eyes to see
Someone who turned out to be a person
Someone like everybody else
Someone who lived a life
Someone who was once like me.
But there was still the burning fire
Of love, care, and wisdom,
The secrets locked in my heart
I looked back at him once more,
Incase I missed something.
Like a gift,
Waiting to be noticed,
I saw a world of smiles
A lesson here and there
A new road to everything
The sky I could never touch,
Still such a distance away from me.
Someone who is always there for you is hard to find. Someone who is always there for you and has never done anything bad to you is even rarer. But I can’t even begin to explain to anyone how my grandma is that person to me. Ever since I born I felt a strong connection and love to my grandma. My mother would say I would just cry and cry, but when my grandma held me I would stop. Even when I was a toddler and get mad at her and say something hurtful and leave, I would run back to the room sobbing and ask for forgiveness. As the wonderful person I know she is, she would always forgive me. As I grow older and older my grandma is there to guide me and show me the right way. Especially since she has so many years, which is what makes her wise. My grandma is the most important person in my life, without her I would not be the same person and I thank and love her for that.
Thank you, mother, for the care and love you have given me. Thank you for feeding me, so that I would not starve. Thank you for bringing me to school, so that I would be educated. Thank you for responding to my every need. Although sometimes you have done things I perceive as illogical, hypocritical, or foolish, I still care for you and appreciate you for what great sacrifices you made for me.
(To my mother, obviously.)
The person who has influenced me the most is my dad. He always tell me to work my hardest and never gives up on me and he is always in a good mood. I admire this person because no matter what you do or if you fail he will just push you back up and never give up. He has respect for me as i do for him and i think that he has really changed my life. If i ever need somebody to talk to he is always their and is willing to listen and try and help. He always makes me try my hardest and he wont stand for anything less and thats why i picked this person as who i admire most. I couldn't have asked for a better roll model.
The person who influenced me in my life the most is my grandmother, Maria Aguilar. She has been there my whole life. Everyday I wake up with a smile because of her. She makes go crazy, jump for joy, touch the stars and never let me go. She mostly taught everything I know today. I remember when I was younger she will tell me to cook dinner for the family. I would back away and say “no,” but I still did. As you know my hair is long, my grandmother also taught me how to comb it. I started when I was 9 years old. I hated waking up and combing it because sometimes I would get frustrated. As a result of that I know different styles to do. She is my hero and will always be.
My Lame Little Poem:
I have but one person I care about the most,
For she is the one who showed me how
To live, love and be free.
Her voice is filled with
The hatred of life (and the ignorant),
But her actions have taught me that,
There is more to one person
Then what we see.
She calls me stupid
She calls me lame
She calls me an idiot,
But it’s just her way
Of showing her love.
I haven’t learned the best lessons in life from her,
In fact I haven’t learned much.
But from her mistakes
Her kindness and aches.
I’ve learned to trust, and
To live my life the way
She’s not as mean as you think,
She’s just like the people you see down the street.
She’s as close to me as a person can get,
But still as far away as a stranger.
What is the difference?
Heck, you can still idol a stranger.
She is like a sister,
I learn something new from her everyday.
There’s no way to explain it.
She’s just someone who cares…
My most influential person is, my best friend/mentor? Her name is Tammie and she is the one that taught me to be a happy little munchkin. She has always been a bit twisted towards people, and her aspect of life is a strange. But if you just pay attention to her, you’ll learn something important about life. (Like, don’t jump in front of two-storied busses.) I guess you can say she’s the most influential to me because I believe she has taught me more things than I count. She’s taught me all the common sense that I know of currently, and that, I believe is the best thing a friend could ever teach you.
English 9-Period 4
5 October 2008
Someone who has influenced me to become the person I am today is my grandfather. He has showed me the true meaning of family. When I was younger I’d always want to go play video games or hang out with friends instead of spend time with my family. Now I realize how much my family has an impact on my life and how important they are.Also my grandmother has showed me how to just have fun. If I was told to go clean my room or clean up my dished after eating my grandma would tell me, “Go have fun, enjoy life while you can.” When I was younger I just though of this as a excuse to get out of making my bed, but now my interpretation changes to make me think that I need to make time for myself instead of doing everything other people want me to do.
The biggest influences in
my life are my mom and dad.
They are the ones who always remind me
that an education is the
single most vital tool for success in life.
They always help me with
things that I don’t understand
in academics as well as in everyday life.
My mom has always
signed me up for different summer classes
at first I didn’t know why,
but now I do, and it has assisted me
in my learning abilities and study skills.
She has always encouraged me to go further,
try harder, do better;
I am truly grateful for how she believes in me.
My father encourages me
to try new things,
new sports, and new ideas.
He is constantly helping me
improve on my athletic skills,
primarily in baseball.
He always wants me not only to try my best,
but to do my best in all that I do.
He supports me yet censures my mistakes.
He does the best he can to make me the best I can be.
Sure, he gets aggravated at times,
but that only puts a bigger smile on his face
when he at last sees me accomplish
that which I had been meticulously
working at all that time.
The most influential person in my life I would have to say is my Mom. The reason she has the most influence is because my Mom shows me how to be the best person I can be. She shows me how to be strong when I have problems, how to be a nice and caring person and how to treat other people with kindness and compassion. My Mom also helps show me how to believe in myself . When my parents split up last year it was hard but my Mom got us through. My Mom was so strong and she did whatever it took to make sure my brother and I were always taken care of. My Mom is always there for me when I need her and I know she loves me very much. I would do anytihng for her. My Mom is first and foremost in my world and without her, my life would not be as wonderful as it is. As I grow older, I will always look back and remember her words, her love and most of all the person she showed me I could be and all that I could achieve in life. In case I forget to tell her, I would like to say, "Thanks Mom and I love you with all my heart".
Feraco - Eberle
English 9 - Period 1
5 October 2008
One of the most important people who is influential to my life is my older sister. She constantly motivates me to be a better person and to never give up on my goals. Since she is older, she often gives me advice on subjects such as life, friends, school, or something as simple as what’s healthy to eat. She has made many mistakes in the past which has taught me to not repeat the same mistakes. She often reminds me that not repeating her mistakes will benefit me and has taught me to learn to appreciate her as a mentor. By giving me advice about her experiences, she motivates me to do better than what she has accomplished.
Another influential person in my life is my mom. She has taught me that family is the most important thing, even more than friends. Throughout life, you can have many different friends, but your family will always remain as family and be there for you when in need. No matter how annoying she gets or how angry I am with her, I still respect and appreciate her. She has taught me to have better judgment of other people for my own safety. Both of them have been big parts of my upbringing and has influenced me to become who I am today; and that’s why I love them.
English 9-Period 1
5 October 2008
The most important person to me is my grandma, because my grandma is caring and supportive all the time. My grandma always likes to teach people how to be a good person and how to have good decision making skills. In my family, my grandma is authoritative and only punishes a member of our family if she thinks that it will teach them a good lesson that they will remember. She likes to cheer people up if they are down and is very generous when you are in need of something that isn’t a waste of money. My grandma is pretty fun to hang out with because her attitude is very happy and she likes to go out to places and just walk around.
A few months ago, my grandma had a heart pacer placed next to her heart and everyone was scared and anxious of how the results would turn out. We were very happy when after the surgery; my grandma became better and didn’t always have a headache or feel dizzy. I always look up to my grandma when something happens because she is strong and she can always overcome it.
the most important person to me is my grandpa. The reson why he is the most important person is because he teaches me and shows me how to be the best i can be. He only tries to help the people that he truly loves, and i happen to be one of them. My grandpa is a cool, and stubborn man. a couple of weeks ago my granpa fell down a hill in their backard because he was trying to cut down a tree. When he went to the hospital the doctors said he had broke his neck. So he was in the hospital for a while. While he was in the hospital i called him a couple of times just to check o0n him and see how he was doing. he likes to make people happy by his jokes if they are sad. He particularly wants me to do the best at ssports. So those are the reasons why my granpa is the most important person in my life.
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