The Transition Of Getting Older By E. B. White

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ThThe notion of getting older, one day has too frightened me. I wonder what could I have done in the past to change the future. I reminisce of all the things I have done with the people that I love. But, at the end the day, I look forward to getting older. I look forward to the memories that I will make, which one day will be stories told between two friends or family members about their crazy grandmother Gabriella. E.B. White 's essay represents the fears that adults, but mostly parents, face when seeing children grow up and experience life the same way they once did. These nostalgic moments turn to fear of losing their youth. I believe that White 's essay is a manifestation of a mid-life crisis that fails to show what life has to offer after…show more content…
White, is experiencing a mental breakdown. He consistently confuses his own memories with the present time. It is almost as if he believes that nothing has changed since the last time he came to the lake. Change is a significant factor in the essay, but generally on time and maturing because change means a difference between the now and then. However in my perspective, things do not have to change to show progression. The best things in life that I have come in contact with are things that are familiar to me. Relationships that are with people that I love who I have not seen in a while are great because when we meet again to socialize, it is as if nothing has changed and we are back to being as close as ever. I love relaxing with my friends one last time before we have to go back to college because we get to catch up and get to know each other even more as we…show more content…
Yes, life does technically end at death, but that 's the beauty of it. All great things must come to an end. The narrator began to see how death in inevitable. He saw the chill of death in his son which led him to realize that is the same chill his father saw in himself when he was younger. In the last couple of sentences he says, " saw him wince slightly as he pulled up around his vitals the small, soggy, icy garment. As he buckled the swollen belt suddenly my groin felt the chill of death." (White). This to me signifies that there is a consideration of death being a form of ending. To every end, there is a beginning and that "chill of death", that White describes may be the warmest breeze we humans will ever

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