(Still) Life Response

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Annie Baumm Reading Response Worksheet Writing About Death (Still) Life First Impressions: I actually cried at the end of this story. Much like Dallas and the worldwide audiences in this narrative, I became engrossed in the lives of John and Ann. Their strength and their courage, it astounds me. The simplicity of it all for them. They just accepted their situations. They had hope – yes – but they were content with their same day to day. For both of them, it seemed like they weren’t really living. It was this illusion of life. John received his high school diploma, but did he really deserve it? Ann never really worked. She devoted her entire life to John. Throughout their lives, despite the complexities of their day to day living, they had several other family tragedies. I am just astounded at their strength. But I am left to wonder if it is strength or weakness? A courage to fight, or an inability to move on? Summary: (Still) Life, by Skip Hollandsworth, told the story of high school popular football dreamy boy, John McClamrock. In an attempt to impress his coach, thus moving him from JV to Varsity, John tackled a guy in the first minutes of a football game. He was immediately rushed to the hospital and paralyzed from the neck down. He could only move his head side to side. John was unable to sit up without blacking out. He was completely and utterly static – confined to his bed. His mother, Ann, made the decision to be his full time care taker. She gave up everything
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  • Spring '14
  • It, A Story, high school diploma, Ann, John McClamrock

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