|Riley and I|
My favorite poem was "Bury Me in a Free Land" by Frances Harper. Just by reading this poem, one can feel how much hatred and sorrow Harper felt towards slavery. Harper expresses her emotions in a very strong way. This poem left me with the feeling of wanting to read more. I enjoyed reading her emotions. Harper made the poem come alive by all the descriptive words she chose to use.
A literacy event that greatly impacted my life recently was reading the obituary of a local member of our small town's Amvets Post 59. I have worked at this post since I was thirteen. I have come to know many of the members on a personal level. This man that passed away had Alzheimer's disease, so almost every Saturday afternoon, this man would come into the post and tell me the same stories multiply times. These stories were great even if I had already heard them a hundred times. His excitement he portrayed was amazing. This man became a friend of mine, but reading his obituary really opened my eyes to everything else this man had going on in his life. He had a huge family, many awards in the military, five children, and much, much more. Reading this made me appreciate all the times I sat down and listened to this elderly man's stories. When I could have easily let him sit there alone.