Lucas Ewing 9th Grade Fitz English Section One Essay Analysis Paragraph 11/5/2014
Building A Shelter “Most men appear never to have considered what a house is, and are actually though needlessly poor all"
Anyone can build a shelter with some time and effort. Henry David Thoreau built his own log cabin for only 20 dollars. Anybody who tried could gather together 20 dollars so they could build their own shelter and have a roof over their head. Thoreau slaved away on his cabin. It took a while and hard work but he was determined to get it done. Thoreau proved that anyone who needs a home to stay would if necessary be able to build their own shelter with some determined work. Thee cabin Thoreau built sat on the edge of Walden pond made out of a few purchased wood planks and a few planks that he had to do some old hard work chopping down trees to obtain. It took him weeks in the late months of winter to finish but he did.
“Most men appear never to have considered what a house is, and are actually though needlessly poor all their lives because they think that they must have such a one as their neighbors have” [Excerpt From: Fitzsimmons, John. “ Fitz's Abbreviated Walden 1-4.]”
Building a shelter was an example Thoreau set. Anyone who tries to make it in life and needs a place to live, has proof from Thoreau that it is possible to get back on your feet with nothing but a week worth of work money in your pocket. If men would stop being focused on being comfortable and instead focusing on their needs. Thoreau was a man who proved the impossible possible. Thoreau taught by example, so not having a roof over your head is your fault if you don't try to put one there.
"I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude."
- Henry David Thoreau
We don't need comfort to live, we only need the bare necessities. In Walden, Thoreau described how the poor would rather stay poor than live with the bare necessities. People want to live comfortably, but they don't need to. Many people think that sleeping in a heated house is needed. Thoreau lived in a small unheated cabin in the woods. He proved that you can survive without living comfortably. Thoreau walked up to a homeless person on the street after hours in concord and asked him if he would like to come live with him in a small wooden shack in the forest. The man thanked no and would rather sit poor in the streets than live alone in a shack. When I visited walden pond I noticed how quiet it was. Thoreau was able to live there all by himself, with no one around for a mile. Thoreau was able to survive with no help from anyone else. The cold pond was his only neighbor. Living by yourself with no help is what Thoreau did. He did not need anyone except himself to get the jobs done.
“None of the brute creation requires more than Food and Shelter.” [Excerpt From: Fitzsimmons, John. “Fitz's Abreviated Walden 1-4.”]
Thoreau proved that you can survive by yourself with only the bare necessities. Anyone who complains about being poor and not having enough money to live on their own are liars. Thoreau proved that you can live with out need of anything more than yourself and hard work.
Lucas Narrative paragraph #2 Fitz English 6/10/14 Being new at Fenn
"The idea of avant-garde art is a very suspicious thing to me, the idea that poetry is new and it keeps being new the way Chevrolets every year are new." Robert Morgan
Being new anywhere is difficult. Whenever I am new somewhere I am always extremely shy the first few days. If I see someone walking towards me they never try to talk to me and instead seem to just steer clear. The first day I came to Fenn I was very shy. Even if I tried to stay by myself everyone anyways came and said hello. No matter what grade they were in they came and welcomed me to Fenn which showed me what a good school Fenn was. I was dropped off eight o'clock at my new school last year in august. I kept thinking how I was going to a new school just because my brother wanted to go to high school in America. I remember walking into Mrs.Heaton's Advisor class last year. I was extremely scared because I did not know what to expect. When I heard that first sentence "So tell us a little about yourself" people always ask when you are new I knew I had to make a good first impression. First thing I blurted out though was that my family moves almost once every year. People looked at me with strange looks when I talked about living in Sweden and Spain and how I had gone to seven different schools in my life. First I thought everyone was going to laugh and ask me if I was joking but instead they nodded and believed it without questioning me. Most of the time being new is not something that is easy, but when I came to Fenn it was easier than ever. The community felt like home from the first step I took on campus. Out of all the schools I have been in out in the world this is definitely my favorite. Being new might not be easy but if you try you might notice that it is easier then you think.
No matter what, you should not give up. Running that last half mile is the most painful. The cramps, stomach ache, and the misty black dots in front of your eyes wandering like they are lost in a forest. When I decided to join cross country I knew I would get tired, but I never knew how tired I would get. During the first practice I thought that I was going to die from tiredness. During practice I was able to walk if I got tired so it was not all that bad. I never thought about the meet that was going to happen a few days later. I never thought about getting used to being tired so I could run further and instead I was just avoiding it. The first meet happened two weeks ago on a friday at Fenn, everyone was nervous because we all wanted to win. When the meet started I was immediately last. I was able to pass a couple of kids but they were right on my heels the whole race. I never had a chance to stop and walk, never a chance to take it easy. I was able to stay in front of them until I got three cramps at once. I was not used to running for a long period of time, I never practiced because I never thought much about it. I remember running the last half a mile. I had never ran this far without stopping. I could feel my feet burning, my body was screaming in pain, but I pushed through. I remember telling myself that there was only a little more. Running the last few yards were like running in heaven. I had never been so happy. When I passed the finish line I immediately crumbled up into a little ball. Luckily I had my friends who helped me up and congratulated me on completing my first meet. I was just happy that it was over. If you ever feel like giving up, give it an extra push and keep on going.
Lucas 9th grade English Narrative Paragraph 10/3/2014
"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer."
Leaving everything you know is not easy. When I left Sweden, I was scared out of my mind. Realizing that I would have to relearn a language and a new culture was more than I could handle. Leaving everything you know is not easy. When I left Sweden, I was scared out of my mind. Realizing that I would have to relearn a language and a new culture was more than I could handle. The move and the events were the hardest. Overthinking the move made me shiver in my sleep, knowing I would never meet my friends again. Last August I moved to America with my family because my brother wanted to go to school here. My family and I took a taxi to our new house in Carlisle. The moving boxes had not arrived yet so our house was empty. I still did not want to be in America but my brother has chosen a school here in America to go to. I never wanted to move a lot in my life, but I am happy I did. Moving to America was the hardest transition I have experienced. I had been new many times but now that I was older finding a place where I could fit in to felt like a hard task to accomplish. Most people my age had already found where they stand. Moving is never easy but this time it was harder the usual. Hopefully I will stay in one place for a long time so I don't have to worry about the struggles of moving