One thing incredible that the Grapes Of Wrath show is how to give love freely and in different forms. And that none of what I am about to talk about has to only take place on Valentine’s Day.
The Oakies, in the book, never hesitate to give to the next stranger even if they have nothing to give. They understand that they way to survive is a team effort and to keep everyone afloat. You not only give to someone else but you must do it with your whole heart. The people and the Joads don’t give grudgingly or half-heartedly but they would never think to keep from others what they can keep for themselves. One really good example is when Ma has made breakfast for the family and she has cleaned everything and put it away and when someone comes walking down and stops to say ‘Good Morning’, she offers coffee and breakfast, both of which have been put away, dishes clean, and are in very short supply. It’s even more awesome that these people were brought up that way and they are teaching their children the same things.
Although the Oakies tried to give freely and by doing this giving love and generosity, the people already living in California were hard-pressed and was trying to take everything from the Oakies because they wanted the Oakies to leave. The funny thing about this is that if they hasd just treated them fairly and like descent human beings then the Oakies would probably have been able to support they family and make money quickly and move back home or to another state to start life over. Instead, the Oakies were forced to not only stay in California but roam the land as well while they would get enough to only continue to move from place to place on an never ending cycle.
You see, one group of people have everything but are unhappy and angry while the other has nothing and lives to give more and more and are happy to have their family beside them and strangers, who quickly become friends, all around them. I feel like more and more people these days are starting to view the world as a every-man-for-himself when that is exactly why we get problems like the Love Canal, Pollution, Bankruptcy, Crimes, and so many more. It’s kind of funny actually because Capitalism is based on the ability to improve one’s situation and better oneself but we tend to loose sight of other people and focus only on ourselves and then blame the system.
Don’t forget about those around you. Don’t be self-centered and hang your head in the corner while you pity yourself while someone needs you help and can’t do it on their own even if it is just to make them smile or take them out and get their kids off of it for a little while.
Let them know that you won’t leave them and you will help them get through it. Extend yourself for others and you’ll be amazed at how far they’ll go for you in return. Ma did this for the family that they found along the road and never wanted to stop helping them.
I know that this doesn’t seem like it’ll be about banana bread or anything happy for that matter but just trust me for a moment. Recently I have been more quiet, exhausted, and anxiety ridden because my schedule is so busy that I have to try to figure out how to fit sleep in. So I am naturally enjoying the things I wouldn’t get excited about and they are what get me from day to day. I have had a few people ask me if anything was wrong or if I was mad at them and I assured them that they were not the problem. But! I cannot wait for this weekend because me and Navy Blue Dress are going to make banana bread again this weekend and even though I enjoyed it a lot before, I am incredibly excited about it and am looking forward to doing it with my best friend. Especially since it will be her birthday in 12 days! I would also really like to tell every single one of you that even though it sounds redundant and cliché, I believe in you and more importantly, believe in yourself because I know you can do it and when you believe you can do it you’re already half way there. I am also glad to say that I will have my bestie there to also make sure I don’t eat all of the banana bread before we even sell it!
Have an amazing day and got do something you love with someone you love. ❤
For today I wanted to share something exciting and a little neat with you, if that’s all right.
Next year will be my last year in high school and the time is coming for us to choose our classes that we want to take next year. I pretty much had it down; three AP’s, math, and food and nutrition. Recently however, I learned that we have a new class called physiology and it is all about the body, science wise not health wise. Shocked was I when I heard this because this subject was the only thing I found interesting in freshman year biology and I still remember things I learned about the body that year. Now I was in a pickle because I did not want to have six classes next year because that is a lot with three AP’s and I did not want to have to stay through lunch if I could help it. We are required to take at least five classes next year and my issue was that I could not choose between food and nutrition and physiology. Not that you have the same interests as I do but I am sure you can have been in a predicament like this before. I finally decided that food and nutrition would be best because I am excited about it and I love working with my hands, especially when it comes to food. Another thing, this is a class that will help me for the rest of my life because it is obvious that there will not always be someone there to make all of your food for you and you will have to know what you are doing, and maybe have some fun with it even. One of the big reasons why I ended up deciding on food and nutrition was thanks to a very enjoyable and unique ten-minute “speech” on the class. I wrote the word ‘speech’ the way I did because I liked it so much and was caught up in it that it did not feel like a speech by another teacher, but rather something greater. I was not so much her use of big words or a super-smiley attitude but her excitement to even talk about it and share what it was like. It sounds silly and unimportant but when teachers love to teach and do it with true heart, that is when they teach students how to love to learn.
I am telling you all of this because I wanted to give you some hope or support in whatever you are doing and do not think that it will get better. I can understand to some degree how you might feel, especially if you are another student trying to just get through high school. Being in high school has made me not enjoy school and really become a bitter and syndical person about everything and I know this because it tears me up inside to see this change in me because that is not who I am. My goal then in high school was to just finish it and get it out of the way, like a grueling task of picking up spilled salt or trying to catch pillow feathers in the wind. Your high school years are supposed to be looked back on with happy smiles and a good remembrance and an enjoyment of going through them as well but for me it was a get it done and move on to bigger and better things. I did not realize the potential, however small or big, I had to making my last year one that I did not want to end instead of counting the minutes till graduation. Even though I was only encouraged by two classes that I was eager to do, I am grateful that I had them to show me that I can make my last year however I want it to be. I saw that possibility of what could be and the only person who has the power to take me there was me. And I have decided on savoring and delighting in senior year.
I hope that you find the good in everything you do even if it is hiding so much from you that you need help from someone else to find it. Do not give up and please realize that you can decide on exhilaration or tediousness. See what you have before you before it is too late.
Have a good day and go tell someone that you love them and make them smile.
All things in life end are best ended with music. Whether it be a movie, play, relationship, funeral, or birthday and since we are officially done with The Great Gatsby in class I thought the best way to end it was with music.
I’m going to put certain scenes of The Great Gatsby to the music of John Mayer’s (with Katy Perry) Who You Love.
The lyrics to the song will be in blue and what scene it overlays will be in purple.
Right now I am reading The Great Gatsby for class and so is Navy Blue Dress. I have seen the movie and I liked it a lot but Navy Blue Dress hasn’t. I want to tell her the ending so badly but I can’t because she doesn’t want to know and I have to respect that because I hate it when people spoil things for me and it’s courteous anyways. We’re almost done with it and I can’t wait to see her reaction. I want to know what she thinks about it an if it was the same as the movie. After, of course, I want to watch it with her so that she has both read the book and seen the movie. Who doesn’t love a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio anyways?
So far I am thoroughly enjoying it but I just hope that the ending wasn’t as anticlimactic as the movie was. The ending just did not do justice for me but you are ore than welcome to disagree with me. The whole thing about not telling Navy Blue Dress made me think about the concept of secrets. It shows that you trust someone enough to tell them a secret but it can also be a selfish thing if you need to get something off your chest but now that person has nobody they can tell and no relief to gain, with out breaking your trust at least. They are able to create strong friendships and also tear them apart. They can tempt you, push you to the breaking point, and bring covered truth to the surface for an instant and then seemed to have never existed before. After all, when you mix promises with stubbornness you get loyalty and secrets has the capability to undo that whole recipe.
It’s hard to find someone nowadays that can keep a secret truthfully. I think that’s also a big deal breaker in a relationship when a guy can’t keep a secret, especially yours. Of course this comes back to bite you when he knows something about someone else that he can’t tell you. When you’re married to someone though you agree to share everything with them but I think this has a limit or a certain respect when it comes to secrets because if my best friend was having problems and she didn’t want anybody to know then there is no reason to tell my husband and if he asks then I hope he can respect how I’m keeping my secret and if it was absolutely necessary then of course I was tell him.
Wow, I think too much. My head hurts now. I am going to go get some advil and let you sit there thinking about this. Have a wonderful day.
p.s. You have no idea how hard it is sometimes when I write about Navy Blue Dress and I start to use her real name. It’s a good thing I check after writing everything of mine.
Hello my darling. How are you doing? Well, let this make your day even better.
A little about me. I love the little things in life. Who doesn’t? It’s what makes everything so special, creative, magical, and definitely nostalgic. The way the rain sounds when you are going to sleep. The moment when you come home after buying all of your favorite foods. How no matter grumpy, tired, or exhausted, you will always have your family there for you. Waking up to breakfast. Falling asleep in the car or on the couch and waking up in your bed. When things go better than planned or expected. Bumping into a guy and looking up and having your stomach do cartwheels. Staying at home, reading a good book with some tea and cookies. No homework. British accents. Accents in general. Holidays with your family.
How are you? Well I hope you guys are having fabulous weekends, even though it’s just about over. But I am so excited about the project that Navy Blue Dress and I are working on together! I was really glad and excited when she asked if we should just work together. But that’s not even the best part because I wanted to make sure that she knew we could do either of our ideas but it made me feel special and loved when she was all “no, I really like your idea and I would like to do it with you”. Hahahaha. I sound so dopey but it was one of those cute bestie moments that you giggle at and smile hopelessly. Well, the project is coming together nicely because I could tell that when we started this it was going to be a lot to put together, an trust me it is, but it’s a good crazy. So far we have made a Pinterest account, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a page on here, which you should totally go and look at it. If you’re curious at what the project is, or don’t know what I’m talking about then go and look at the home page an click the page that says “Eat To Cure”. As far as dates go we only have tentative dates right now which we’ll put up on the page so you guys can see them. I say tentative because for one, we don’t really know how many people show up (I hope we get to see a lot of you there and finally meet some of you beautiful people) and we don’t know if we’ll be busy on the days that we chose either. If we do change dates though we will definitely give you guys tons of notice in advance so that all of you can still come and be apart of this really exciting thing. I’ll put the links to all of our separate pages on this post and the page so that you guys can find out more about this and join us even. You don’t have to make anything, just come down, have some good food with awesome people and maybe even some coffee.
I really hope to meet some our you lovely people, it would seriously like make my life, not just day, but life. If there’s not enough of you guys on the first one then we won’t be able to do it any longer. Navy Blue Dress and I will still have fun making our own food and selling it but it’s still so neat to share this with all of you.
Here are the links to the different social media sites I told you that we have created. Take a look, follow or like them, and share this experience with us because it will only make it more special and better.
For the food competitions that we are doing for our english project we need help on deciding which foods to do. Try and pick your top three if you can. Soon we are going to add a page on here with all of the information for the competitions and winnings and everything so you can come and eat some good food and possibly win some money. If you have any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated and we’ll message you back.
I’m here again to talk about something that happened this week in class. My teacher wasn’t there on Thursday, but we had a article or something to read. I was bored and dreading having to read it, but it had an interesting title : Living with Ghosts. Yes, it is interesting how my teacher gave us this on Halloween, but more to the point. As I was reading the story, Ig to more and more into and would anticipate what was going to be written next. Needless to say, it was about how the people that have died, recently or long ago, are still with us every day. And don’t go crazy thinking that I’m now going to ramble about religion, or whatever else, but I’m not. That’s not what it was about at all.
Hi guys, so I wrote this story for my friend who really likes One Direction. Even if you don’t like them please read this =). I really enjoy creative writing and it would be really nice if any of you would give any feedback on this story. Thanks and hope you enjoy!
It had been a terrible day and you were walking home from school with your best friend, but neither of you were talking much, because you both knew you could crack at any moment. It started snowing, which was weird because it never snowed where you live. You loved snow just not in the mood you were in.
“Hey, you mind if i go run a head; I love the snow?” your friend Kaitlynn asked.
You didn’t want to be unfair to her so you told her that you didn’t mind. She ran off into the snow the fastest you had ever seen her run. It started getting dark out and with the snow that you weren’t used to, you wanted to get home as quickly as possible. Soon the street lamps were on; you couldn’t figure out what was going on, it wasn’t supposed to get dark this early. In the next moment you saw a lot of things at once: a pair of headlights going the wrong way on the road, the car the headlights belong to hitting ice and coming straight towards you, and then 5 heads above you.