The lake is a place to reflect on times spent growing up and now a place to make new memories with my family and friends. A place to find refuge from normal day-to-day life and take in the beauty of such a splendid area that God created. 1. The smells surround me in an irresistible craving for the lake. A.
Of the stories on the syllabus the one that I most closely related to was “The Big Two-Hearted River” by Earnest Hemmingway. During my first reading of this story it was the setting and the action of the main character Nick Adams that I connected with. Reading the opening sentences, grand visions of my childhood danced through my head. The story took me back to happy times of summers spent alone with my grandfather in the mountains of West Virginia. Like Nick, the camping and fishing trips were a welcomed relief from the city life and school for me.
The scent of the giant pine trees, the feeling of the pond’s minnows tickling my feet, the sunshine cascading down from the opening of the trees. No other place has ever made me feel so in touch with nature, and so in touch with myself. I think of the Old Pond, my mind brewing a concoction of memories, and my childhood is reborn. Our daily regimen at the park was quite simple. Our day started early.
The narrator begins the story by reflecting his youthful memories at the lake with his father. Now, as a father, he decides to relive those past moments and feelings with his son. As the narrator begins his journey, despite changes due from the innovation of technology, he notices everything is still the same. However, continuing his journey, the narrator struggles with the distinction between past and present experiences. All through his journey, the narrator feels he is "living a dual existence" At time, he feels the presence of his father in him and his presence in his son.
White’s “Once More to the Lake”, time is used in order to compare the present surroundings of the lake, to how it was when he went there as a kid. When comparing the present to the past the writer must go into detail of certain aspects of the location in order to maintain some sort of legitimacy. By starting off with the past, White can quickly transition from the time with his father to the time there with his son. Though he changes back and forth between the past and present, Whites use of verb tense makes the reading much easier to follow. In a story that is constantly transitioning between the past and the present, it is important to keep track of verb tense usage, any sort of mistake could confuse the reader.
E.B. White is full of excitement as the lake symbolizes his childhood and the best memories in his life. Going fishing again on this lake, he wants to return his childhood or to return his childhood memories. He later realizes that he is not able to return to his childhood and that he’s getting older and he is not capable of remember all the memories brought from the lake. White says, “I wondered how time would have married this unique, this holy spot—the coves
To White the mountain lake is seen as "constant and trustworthy", and on the trip back there with his own son, White wondered if "time would have marred" the appearance of the lake. Thoughts of the time spent there summer after summer continued to revisit White throughout the trip and everything from thunderstorms to the stillness of the water Dombroski 2 was seen as a work of art, falling into place and creating an illusion as if it were known what was to follow. White's son acted in the same manner as White did back when he was a young boy, recalling how "I was always the first up" and now, he lay still in bed while his son snuck out early in the morning headed down to the lake. Having seen this anxiety in his son, White "began to sustain the illusion that he was I." Many times during their trip White would feel confused, unable to distinguish who he was, a father with his son, or him with his own father.
I remember taking my lessons in February when it was only 40 degrees outside! As soon as I got done with one of my sets, I would come inside the little shack that sat by the dock and would blast the propane heater so I could get some feelings back into my fingers! I really learned many skills to help me be more successful and progress in wakeboarding. The camps put on by Active Water Sports offered during the summer were a blast! Meals were provided for us as well as small little houses where we got to stay and then it was off to riding for the rest of the afternoon.
Our protagonist observes the object of his affection, as she interacts with the lake, lazily resting in the sun. The lake provides the constant, that which has always been and will always be. As in summers past, the preacher gives his annual sermon about the end of summer and a prayer that they shall all meet again. Afterward, Homer and Fred take a final turn around the lake only to see a girl who reminds Homer of Sandra. “And there was something in the way that she raised her arm which, when added to the distant impression of her fullness, beauty, youth, filled him with longing as their boat moved inexorably past…and she disappeared behind a crop of trees.
I've often listened to it, gazed at it, and I have always learned something from it. One can learn much for my River” (48). This quote is important because this is when he decides to take his path into his own hands and this is when he first really notices the river. Another example of this is how he leaves his wealthy life and lives as the ferryman's apprentice till he becomes the Buddha. This quote gives an explanation about the time he spent with the Ferryman at the River, “As Vasuveda rose from the river bank, when he looked into Siddhartha’s eyes and saw the serenity of knowledge shining in them, he touched his shoulder gently in his kind protective way and said : ‘I have waited for this hour, my friend.