Old Writings

So I was doing some “Spring Cleaning” of my computer and came across a folder of all my school articles from high school from the years 2000-2004. So I had some good times reading these so I though I would post them here, please excuse the grammar mistakes. This one was written on September 4th 2002 for English 11 CP.

Personal Statement Essay

I chose to write my essay on somebody who has impacted my life. The person that I chose to write about was my grandfather on my mother’s side, Grandpa Walker. He has been a major influence on my life over the past sixteen years.

I can remember when I spent most of my summers that at his house in Princeton. While I was at his house in the summer time I remember him teaching me how to tie flies for fly fishing and going over the tedious process with me without losing any patience. I also remember him making me lunch which knowing my grandpa was exciting trying to guess what the secret ingredient was. I also remember him bringing me over to the fire department to show me the life flight helicopter that had just landed there. I also remember watching him as he worked with making wood products and fixing and moving around everything. I also remember him taking me fishing and teaching me how to fish. Then one day when I was about six years old he had a heart attack. I was young back then and I don’t think that I realized what had happened. But now as I look back and really think about what happened I realized what could have gone wrong and then I would have missed. I would have missed the trips that I took with him to Maine to visit his sister, the trip to Cape Cod to visit his brother, the trip to Rhode Island to visit his other sister. I would have also missed spending all the holidays with him and some other weekends I spent with him. Now I watch him doing everything he used to do not slowing down a bit and I realized that even with the pace-maker he has and going through the heart attack that he can still do anything and nothing can stop him not even a heart attack.

How this influenced me is that I know that he can go through anything and come out just as before means that I can do the same. I’ve had to go through a lot less then he has like, not wanting to go to school or not wanting to do my homework or doing something that I didn’t think I could like taking a swimming test or having to talk in front of large groups of people. And I know that everything will be the same and I’ll be ok. This is how one person, my grandpa, has influenced my life.

One Response to “Old Writings”

  1. Hi Keith,
    My comment is a follow-up to a comment you left on LifeHacker back on March 11 about the beta version of Firefox. I, too, am having the issue you described with Firefox 2 (constantly reloading), and wondered, first, if you installed the new version, and second, did it solve the problem?