High School Artifact

This photograph immediately brings a smile to my face. The picture is of me and all of my closest friends on the night of Prom. Rather than grades and extracurricular activities, I believe the most important part of high school is the relationships your build: relationships with your classmates, relationships with your school, relationships with your counselors and teachers. Here I am, in this photograph, not taking a moment for granted. I have heard a monotonous amount of times that high school is the best four years of your entire life. Maybe it is because I haven’t lived any other part of my life, but at this point, I can absolutely agree with that. You only ever get two high school Prom nights your whole life. You only ever get four high school homecomings your whole life. Why take these moments for granted and not embrace them? High school is about experiencing new things with your friends. High school is about learning to show spirit. Most importantly, high school is about growing as a person, and discovering who you really are, and what people in your life matter the most.

Organic Object: Coconut

I am curious about the fuzzy little hairs on the outside of the coconut. Why are they there? The coconut looks like it could be the size of a baby’s head. It honestly is more similar to a baby’s head than I had imagined. It has the same fuzzy hairs as a baby has when it is first born and it is about the same shape. Does a coconut have good nutrients, nutrients that we need as humans? I am curious if it is purchased often from grocery stores. Do families go to the grocery store to buy coconuts? I can’t imagine this product being apart of my mom’s weekly grocery shopping list. If it was apart of the list and I saw it in my refrigerator, I don’t think I would be too sure of what to actually do with it. How do you eat it? You can’t peel it, you can’t bite into it, you can’t cut it up on a cutting board. The only way I can really think of getting it open is chucking it at a cement or tile floor, but that doesn’t seem very efficient.

Where did this specific coconut come from? Did it come from someplace exotic, like Fiji? Did it come from an ordinary palm tree off the side of the highway in Florida? I wonder if coconuts are valued more in tropical places where they grow, versus places with not a sight of palm trees for hundreds and hundreds of miles. Or maybe they are not valued in tropical places at all because they are so common. This fruit is so mysterious. Where I live, here in Leesburg, coconuts don’t seem to be too valued or appreciated. So are coconuts really appreciated at all? I can’t think of a good purpose for a coconut besides the sweet aroma it gives off in scented candle or being the sweet garnish on top of a store bought yogurt parfait. Maybe I am bias because I strongly dislike the taste of coconut, but why are they really on this planet? Who or what couldn’t live a day without a coconut?


Repetition in Writing

As a student in elementary and middle school, all my english teachers would put strong emphasis on not repeating words. They would make it clear that our writing needed to have “variety”, as the “Close Reading and Marking a Passage” states in the second paragraph. As I grew older, I begin seeing how prominent repetition is in writing. Roy Peter clark says that “repetition gives texture to conversation and dialogue” (159). After reading “The Death of a Moth” and other pieces, it is clear to see how much emphasis repetition gives to a story. Repeating words or phrases creates structure and reinforces what the central idea of the passage is about. I think that readers should honestly value repetition because it helps them to better understand the story as whole. Using repetition in writing allows the reader to understand what is important, and what is intended to be recognized within the passage. It also makes pattern and the impact of words more recognizable to the reader.