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Unformatted text preview: 6/3/2019 After All This Time 2.0 - Google Docs Burr 1 Sophia Burr Professor Jurjević ENGL 1101 03 June 2019 Reflection For this piece, I decided to delve deeper into some of the content, tighten the entire story and add some more imagery throughout. To me, the most essential part that needs more attention is the fourth paragraph which discusses the author of Harry Potter , J.K. Rowling and her ability to awe. I want to focus more on how I felt inspired to write and create while reading her books and why I felt this way. I also believe that I need to dive deeper into the intricate details of the paragraph instead of just writing about the overall effect. The next part I will focus on is the third paragraph which is somewhat padded right now and therefore not as strong. I want to add more imagery (such as another moment in my life) to this paragraph to emulate the beginning and to illustrate the importance of the paragraph. This equally matters because while making it stronger, it will help make the next paragraph more clear and effective. But what is also critical is making the piece tighter all around. I hope to make my ideas more concise by using clearer pronouns, padding less and adding more imagery and details to help the piece come alive. I want the reader to be able to understand how much stories helped me cope with life. I want them to see how they brought out my imagination and helped escape to a whole other world either by their creation or mine. 1/5 6/3/2019 After All This Time 2.0 - Google Docs Burr 2 After All This Time I crawled onto the mattress, snuggling up to my dad and tucking the covers around me while my sister looked excitedly at mom. We were sitting in bed to listen to a story or rather the story. The room was dimly lit with yellow walls on three sides and an underwater mural on the fourth that my sister and mom had painted when I was an infant. The mermaid with seashells and fish surrounding her were not sophisticated, but it was home and filled me with calmness. Reading was our tradition, the activity we used to distract ourselves from the everyday toils of life and our home. We would beg, “Just one more chapter! Please!” This ritual of reading before bed whether it was Harry Potter or another book was the best part about the end of the day, the light to the inevitable task of going to bed and letting the world go dark. My sister, my dad and I listened with intense fervor, alert and excited as my mom read aloud the fourth Harry Potter book, the Goblet of Fire . I was about four and my sister was nine. This was one of the many but one of the most important rituals we bonded over as sisters and could never get enough. My mom read and we listened as Harry Potter was pushed into the lake, out of control and unaware of what was going to happen next. Was the gillyweed going to allow him to breathe underwater? Was he going to win the task or fail horribly? We waited with bated breath to see if he would, and at last, he did, his neck turning into gills and his feet and hands becoming webbed and flipper­like. Relieved, we listened as he swam to go find his unknown treasure with only an hour allowed and my family and I sank into the excitement of the next problem. Reading in the bed with my family began my love for stories. Listening to these books as a baby while I slept in the bed with my parents and sister to us buying all the audiobooks 2/5 6/3/2019 After All This Time 2.0 - Google Docs Burr 3 narrated by Jim Dale. We would listen to him while doing crafts, while in the car and everywhere we could. I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my sister one afternoon, making jewelry. It was a spring day and the sun was out; it shown through our front windows and lit up the entire dining room. We had just bought new beads and wire and were brimming with excitement. I put the cassette into the boombox and pressed play. We listened intently as Jim Dale started the book with, “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive…” and added a bead, then another and ended up sitting at the table for four hours. It was one of the most pleasant afternoons I had as a child. These stories helped me find calm while also sparking creativity in my everyday life. It was Harry Potter that gave me an appreciation for great writing and imagination. Even at a young age, I valued the deep thought and ideas that the author, J.K. Rowling had created. The fact that she had faced depression, rejection of her book many times, been a single mom on food stamps and still became one of the most famous female writers of the early 21st century left me in great awe. I was inspired by her ability and deeply impressed. She helped me understand that I could do anything I wanted to if I put my mind into it. At a young age, this translated to creating my own universe filled with magic, fairies, and other magical creatures. I would create stories in my mind and either write or draw them out. I even made a map of the entire universe, equipped with everything a fairy could need. I saw the unending possibilities of my imagination. Even more, these books gave me the opportunity to realize what genre I appreciated, whether it was reading or writing. I realized that fantasy was one of the only genres I could really get into as a child and early teenager when a lot of books did not capture me. This genre­which also included books such as Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Artemis Fowl and 3/5 6/3/2019 After All This Time 2.0 - Google Docs Burr 4 The Inheritance Cycle (which was especially dark) etc.­taught me that all I needed to create was an imagination. But it most importantly proved to me that just because I was young did not mean I couldn’t understand the deeper meaning of life and the serious, sad and sometimes menacing obstacles and experiences that so many of the characters faced. These obstacles taught me so much about life in a safe environment. There were positive but also unfortunate and chilling life lessons in these books that educated me not to fear life but to embrace it for all it was worth. As well as helping my creativity, sensitivity, and awareness, reading especially connected my family as a young child. Even though I did not always notice it or conscientiously think about it, my parents were having difficulty in their marriage and this slowly got worse as our financial situation plummeted, and my parents were forced to live together because of these financial burdens which led to a tense household. And on top of that, my favorite person in the world, my sister Hanna, left for boarding school when I was nine. This, I took hard. She had always helped me to feel better and to distract me from when our household was full of unspoken anger and bleakness. And now she was gone, away at boarding school, and I was heartbroken. One Sunday, right after she had driven back from visiting for the weekend, I sat on the floor of our carpeted apartment with a deep, somber pit in my stomach. I pulled my boombox to the living room, plugged it up, slipped a cassette in and laid on a pillow. I sank my head deep into the pillow, closed my eyes, and listened to Jim Dale’s soothing voice and felt comforted. Although life could be hard, I had an escape. Harry Potter and others created a sense of comfort when the rest of the world seemed like it was breaking apart. It was a reminder that a single book made the house feel lighter and 4/5 6/3/2019 After All This Time 2.0 - Google Docs Burr 5 joyful in a moment. Even now, several years later, I will always go back to listen to a Harry Potter book when I need to feel relaxed and at peace. Although my tastes have broadened and I find delight in many different genres of writing, this series was and is a deep connection to my family, something that makes me feel strong and whole. It is my escape and my way of realizing that everything will be okay. My parents are finally separated and my sister just graduated college where her absence at home was felt but accepted with time, she will be going to teach English abroad next year. But this is all okay because even though it doesn’t solve everything, I have my stories and childhood to remember, my Harry Potter books and cassettes and my family sitting in bed together just before lights out. 2 5/5 ...
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