The mill. As insignificant as it may seem, the mill plays a huge part in the story, with the main character and the entire understanding of the story. To not spoil and simply say, the windmill is my visualization of where one of the most important realizations and conflict takes places. Destined to relive the past I would say the two occurrences of the mill had a huge impact on leading the story to its climax. A mill in ruins, rusty and may break any second, a basement with “rusted saws and metal circles that looked like disembodied steering wheels lay here and there.” Beautiful under the moonlight.
Academic Goal: I will try and get an overall score of Mastering in Algebra by the second trimester, and keep it until the end of the year.
I will actively work towards this goal by doing extension activities and learning to under the topic better.
Wellness Goal: I will sleep at least 8-9 hours every day.
I will actively work towards this goal by going to sleep by 9:30 – 10, and using reminders for when I would be going to sleep.
Personal Goal: I will more responsible for time management.
I will actively work towards this goal by understanding what I need to do or when the activities are due, and then managing those activities with social/entertainment activities.
An average Asian parent would have a very apparent characteristic of being strict, but Waverly’s mom has more to just being strict with children. She may be hard on her children, and influences may include being culturally foreign in America. Waverly’s mom, though can be strict, is a harsh (by misunderstanding), motherly, modest on the outside and is prideful.
Like any average parent, Waverly’s mom has expectations and resulting in her being strict with her children. “”Bite back your tongue,” scolded my mother when I cried loudly” (Tan, 1). Crying is something we often do as a child, but from either embarrassment or to help the child grow stronger, Waverly’s mom showed that crying is not necessarily forbidden but to be minimized or quieted. “I bit back my tongue … the forbidden candies.” (1). These show how Waverly’s mom is limiting what Waverly could enjoy. Either it was for her health or not, Waverly’s mom has made it clear that eating the forbidden food that is presented to Waverly, or there may be a consequent that will cause her to regret the decision she made. “I knew she would not let me play among strangers.” (4). This would show how Waverly already know that her mom does not feel the necessity of some things. In this case, it would be not allowing her children to play with strangers. This could be the likelihood of her opinion on how this sort of activity is unnecessary when growing to be successful, understanding that Asian parents would desire their children to be successful as a doctor or lawyer, etc. “Next time win more, lose less.” (4), “Lost eight piece this time. Last time was eleven. What I tell you? Better off lose less!” (4). Showing evidence of expectation, Waverly’s mom has also the mindset of where getting much higher scores than others, or in this case, losing less to win, maybe a common example of comparison. When the parent compares their own children to others or themselves in the previous times. “Meimei play, squeeze all her brains out for win chess. You play, worth squeeze towel.” (4). Waverly’s mom is showing how she realized significance of what her child is doing, but she will still be strict. Even if Waverly isn’t given any chores, Waverly has the burden of meeting her parents’ expectations, also due to the many days of how her siblings are under the impression to do extra work, for her successive wins. Waverly’s mom, just like many parents is strict with her children, and this will be a never-ending pressure for her children to do better in life.
Waverly’s mother tends to also get harsh and quickly misunderstand statements. “… Every time people come out from foreign country, must know rules. You not know, judge say, Too bad, go back… They say, don’t know why, you find out yourself. But they knowing all the time. Better you take it, find out why yourself.”…” (3) With what she knows either by experience or outside views, she has developed, like many mothers, opinions on events. It doesn’t matter if it’s as small is other mothers’ actions or how the world works. They are likely to have their own opinion, and at times these opinions can also be viewed as harsh and quickly spoken. “Aii-ya. So shame be with mother?” … “That’s not what I meant. That’s not what I said.” (5), would be another example of being harsh by misunderstanding statements. Not fully listening to what someone has to say, or either misunderstanding body and spoken language in a more offensive way causes anger to arise and blur one’s thoughts from truly thinking of what is being said. Snapping at someone using personal views to create conflict. Conclusively, “We not concerning this girl. This girl not have concerning for us.” (5), shows that Waverly’s mom’s own view has created a conflict and harsh statement towards her own child.
Though she is strict and harsh, Waverly’s mom is also motherly. “My mother imparted her daily truths so she could help my older brothers and me rise above our circumstances.” (1). This is a way for her to show herself to her children. Sharing her belief for the better of her children’s future decision. The “daily truths” shaping whatever decision to be made to be done wisely. “As our mother … steamed dumplings that would be our dinner that night,” (2), “My mother patted the flour off her hands.” (5). This shows she take responsibility towards what her children are being fed and changing the environment they are growing in. There may be more love into the food she handmakes just for her children when she could also by take out or such. “… It was her chang, a small tablet of red jade which held the sun’s fire. “Is luck,” she whispered, and tucked it into my dress pocket.” (4). Giving a valuable, a symbol of luck, to her child is showing a sense of trust, but can be also seen as she wishes the best in her child. By luck or by skill, she hopes that her child is being protected by some religion. Wishing they watch over her and keep luck by her side. “My mother had a habit of standing over … she thought of herself as my protective ally.” (5). It is stated that Waverly’s mom believes that she is the protective ally of Waverly, but there can also be understanding seen. It may be contradictory to being harsh by misunderstanding, but in this Waverly’s mom is trying to learn. Maybe learn about whatever her daughter feels so passionate about. Thus, all showing that she even being strict and harsh also is a mother that feels the necessity of protecting and understanding her children in a way.
Waverly’s mom is a mother that is very proud of her culture, her family and where she is from. “My mother named me after the street that we lived on: Waverly Place Jong” (1) This shows that she is proud of where she resides. Though this is somewhat my opinion, I believe the naming of your child or something important from where she resides has a meaning of remembrance, too. It is a constant reminder of where you’re from and the fact that one is proud of it. “Chinese people.do many things,” … Not lazy like American people. We do torture. Best torture.” (2), “She not want it. We not want it.” (2). This shows that she believes her culture is nowhere inferior to any others and that Waverly’s mom is proud that her people can do the same and that it is necessary to have a belief that her country has superiority. “My mother placed my first … As she wiped each piece with a soft cloth” (4), “My mother would proudly walk with me, … “This my daughter Wave-ly Jong,” she said to whoever looked her way.” (5). This is a representation of being proud of her children, whatever significant accomplishments, she would want to brag or show to the world of what her child can. Like many parents’ pride is significant, which can also play a part in what type of environment the child develops in.
An average mother may also typically be modest and kind on the outside but there is also a hidden side. My mother graciously thanked the unknown benefactor, saying, “Too good. Cost too much.” (2), “… telling my admirers with proper Chinese humility, “Is luck.” (4), “My mother smiled graciously, an answer that meant nothing.” (4). These all show that even though she was showing modesty or kindness, in reality, they meant very little. In a way, these actions are to create the impression of who she is. Like a reputation that has some necessity to it in her opinion.
Waverly’s mother can be much more than strict, and harsh too. She carries traits that many parents have due to whatever environment they developed in. She is motherly, modest on the outside, and prideful, then strict and harsh if included as a very prominent character. The story has ended with the mother’s harsh actions and words towards Waverly, but maybe because of her motherly side she will eventually loosen from her angered state and accept her daughter and listen to what she has to say.
As the last day of the first week of school, I think I enjoyed this week to some extent. There may have been some moments where I was completely terrified, but I’m okay, nothing was too intense. I guess the biggest change would have probably been how eighth grade works. Watch out when you roam the hallways. Another change would probably be how I have been reduced to the shorter side in my friend group. As sad as it is, I expected all my friends to grow and change.
It’s only the first week and I’m already excited about the many things that are yet to come. The units to be done in both Humanities and Science, including the challenges and new formulas I’ll be learning in Algebra I. Like a typical student, I’m incredibly excited for the mentoring trips, the star night, and something that I am very excited for would be the NIH(National Institute of Health) Project. I hope the year goes by quickly and I enjoy many aspects of it.
- What are you looking forward to in grade 8 humanities?
This year I am looking forward to learn new techniques to write stories, and regain my obsession with reading books by finding the right genre. I consider myself a huge writer, it is a place I can do a lot of things, though it may seem impossible. I believe learning new techniques to write will soon give me my own personal writing style. Besides English, I am also excited about the unit, Revolutions. Realizing that there are many more revolutions I can have an understanding in, I hope I can learn something new that has a relation to real-world events. Including the Imperialism in China, I wonder how it had affected our economics, and how other historical events have changed the world to what we live in today.
- What challenges will you face?
I think the challenges I will face in the following months will be understanding the Social Studies units, developing better writing and reading books that I will enjoy. I have lots of confusion when I learn about history, and I also have difficulty in finding a book I like because even though the genre is generally the same there may be something specific in the book I don’t quite have interest in, which diverts me away from the book.
- What is your plan to meet those challenges?
What I think I could do to better understand the units could be doing some basic research myself before they start and clear all my confusions. Because writing is a big part of me, I would like to constantly find other teenage writers using public media to see their writing, and from it what I can take off. Also, because when writing brainstorming usually is a lost cause I think the best way I can do writing will be writing everything I’m thinking down and repeating the idea. Then rereading and adding, there is always something more I could add or something I feel is off. To help my reading situation I believe I have the leisure to take some time off of my after school schedule to just dwell in the library and constantly reading book flaps/summaries, and once I find a book to my liking by the summary I am to read it till the end.
I Am Number Four is a book about a boy named John. He, though, is not a “human” from Earth, but an alien (one of the nine Loric) from the planet called Lorien. John’s planet was wiped of his kind by the Mogadorians, but 9 Loric have escaped, for the future. The Mogadorians are now searching for them one by one to completely kill their kind. Number one was killed in Malaysia. Two in England, and Three in Kenya. After fleeing from the last location John and his guardian, Henri, moved to Paradise, Ohio, a small town. This time John wants to finally settle down, with the friends. John’s number four, and he knows he’s next to be hunted.