Over this last summer, I let the news about the state of our politics and economy get to me.
I felt betrayed, angry, ignored, and misunderstood. I love this country and am afraid that it will not be what it was for me for those who are coming of age right now. I believe in the goodness of America and value the long traditions that produced a Republic dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” I respect the sacrifices that have been made by people to open the pursuit of happiness to every American.
Despite the challenges that we face, I am blessed to be able to do work that I enjoy. I take great pride in knowing that I have helped a student write better or think more clearly or appreciate the artistry of a work of literature.
This summer, I worked with a Jesuit High School student. We read A Separate Peace by John Knowles and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I remember hating A Separate Peace when I read it in high school, but I thoroughly enjoyed it this time. I had never read Fahrenheit 451 and had fun helping the student see how the pieces of the book fit together.
The students I work with give me reason to be optimistic and to feel I am blessed.
This post written by English tutor Eric Anderson. Eric is a private tutor in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The photo in this post is the work of H. Kopp Delaney (http://www.koppdelaney.de/koppdelaney.de/Willkommen.html). It is licensed under CC by no Deriv 2.0.