“An Hour or Two Sacred to Sorrow” summary In Richard Steele’s essay “An Hour or Two Sacred to Sorrow” Steele explains how people mourn the passing of a loved one; nevertheless, it is of equal importance to embrace the joyful memories of that person and keep their spirit in our hearts. The way death affects a family cannot compare to any other tragedy. No one can escape death, whether it be an honorable lover or a monstrous tyrant, but however one lives can affect how others remember them. It is important to gather with people who love and care for someone going through hard times, for those are the real friends in life The way death affects a family is devastating. Little children don’t always understand the extremity of death and how
These are just some of the questions I ask myself everyday waking up from horrific dreams. I guess understanding the pain your family is going through one cannot truly comprehend. I have stolen the relationship a mother and father once had with their children, and in doing so I am paying the ultimate price.
He said “I was mad at God; I was mad at Jesus. I blamed myself for all of the deaths. I had cursed my family. I had left the tribe, and had broken something inside all of us, and I was now being punished for that.” (Alexie 1898) Arnold was not dealing with these deaths very well, all hope had been lost for him. He was grieving by not wanting to go to school, he did not feel like getting out of bed.
We both believed the people that suppose to love us the most hurt us the most. Every time I turned to read a page, in each little word it was giving me closure to my past. The tears would stroll down my face like a stormy day. I hated that I was reminiscing on the past through each chapter I read. But, it gave me a clear understanding of how I was acting and what was holding me back from letting go of the pain.
You see I found I'm human, and prone to make mistakes, but God's love is unconditional, he'll give you what it takes. If God himself forgives and loves a tortured soul like mine, Why shouldn't I forgive myself and leave the guilt behind? Today I take life easily and let God direct my day. When conflict or confusion comes, he shows me the way. The door was opened, I stepped through, despair came to an end, the eighteenth shot of liquid sin no longer is my friend.
Horrible stories about the things he saw. About the things he had to do. About how many of his friends he had to watch die right directly in front of him. I felt immense love for him at this time, so much sympathy for a man who would take none of it. He told me he fought because he wanted to.
When someone falls down we can all help him up. This is exactly what the gangs need. They don't have a real family that love them and so we should be there for them. In this way we can show them that they are accepted and don't have to turn to the gang life in order to be accepted. In the chapter G talked about how when he got leukemia all the former gang members would come to him and say that after him taking care of them for so long it was now their turn to take care of him.
Dying," Morrie suddenly said, "is only one thing to be sad over, Mitch. Living unhappily is something else. So many of the people who come to visit me are unhappy." (35) I think this quote means that dying is one thing, but if you live your whole life unhappy then you will never appreciate what have you accomplished. Yes, Morrie was dying but was happy with his accomplishments.
William Stafford’s poem “Ask Me” is an interesting poem catching my attention with the way the poem brings out the true core of life. Life is very like a roller coaster; with every second going by you encounter unexpected ups and downs making your emotions go everywhere. After reading this poem I realized that I too look at life in many of the same ways as William Stafford. Throughout my life I have had many different experiences, both good and bad, that have made me who I am today. If anything has made me who I am today it would be the hardships that I have encountered throughout my years and the many mistakes I have made while growing up.
Even though it was odd to others that these two grown men traveled together, I loved how George and Lennie didn’t think of it that way, just because they had always had each other and that's what friendship is. They protected each other, even when in the end it came down to George having to kill his best friend. George only killed Lennie to protect him from what could have happened. The theme of friendship and dreams is universal in almost every story, because it is essential to life. No matter where you go or what you do, you will always find a friend in something or someone.