A woman on the street Quote 1 : want to help me change my life? Mom asked. ‘I’m fine. You’re the one who needs help. Your values are all confused” (Walls 5). I think that this quote is significant because it shows how different Jennet’s views on life and her mother’s views on life are. Throughout the novel Jennet is always trying to help her parent’s, but what she does not notice is that they are happy the way that they are. They enjoy the way that they are and have been living, and do not want Jennet to try and change it.
Her mother wants Jennet to know that life is not all about materialistic wings. You do not need money for happiness; all you need is to be happy with what you already have. Quote 2: “just tell the truth,’ Mom said. ‘That’s simple enough” (Walls 5). A personal connection to this quote is that in high school you learn a lot of different things. One of the most important things that you learn though is to tell the truth, and that lying gets you know where. Be honest about who you are, so people accept the real you. Just like her mom said, telling the truth is actually very simple.
You should not be embarrassed of where you come from, and shouldn’t have to lie to get people to like you. Telling the truth is a life lesson, one that sadly very few people learn. Honesty can get you very far in life, and people will actually value your opinion. Section 2: The desert Quote 1: “l told Mom that I would protect it from the wind and water it every day so that it could grow nice and tall and straight. Mom frowned at me. ‘You’d be destroying what makes it special,’ she said. ‘It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty”‘ (Walls 38).
This quote is significant because Jennet is very much like the Joshua tree. She has been through so much, but through struggle comes strength. What never killed her simply made her stronger. There was never really anyone there for any of the kids while they were growing up, all they had was each other. Throughout the novel she is faced with many struggles, mentally and physically. After each one she would only be left with a scar of what happened, she always made it through. It is important for things and people to struggle every once and a while, it usually helps us in the end.
Quote 2: “Dad kept telling me that he loved me, that he never would have let me drown, but you can’t cling to the side your whole life, that one lesson every parent deeds to teach a child is ‘If you don’t want to sink, you better figure out how to swim. ‘ What other reason, he asked, would possibly make him do this? ” (Walls 66). A personal connection to this quote is that growing up can be really hard, there is so much stuff to figure out as a kid, and you can’t always have somebody help you. You need to learn to be independent, to do things on your own. You might fail a lot at first, but eventually you will get it and be able to do it.
Like Jennet learning to swim, she struggled, but once she got the hang of it she was okay. In life you cannot it around and wait tort things to happen, you nave to reach out to your comfort zone and make things happen. Do not be afraid to make mistakes, fall down seven times and stand up eight. Section 3: Welch Quote 1: “The blue water sparkled and churned white with foam. By the time the free swim was over, my fingers and toes were completely wrinkled, and my eyes were red and stinging from the chlorine, which was so strong it wafted up from the pool in a vapor you could practically see.
I’d never felt cleaner” (Walls 192). This quote would be listed as a vivid description. Jennet has lived in filth her entire life, rarely every bathing or worry about her personal hygiene. Even going swimming makes her feel so amazingly clean. The sad thing was that this was probably the most clean she had ever been, considering her house barely even had running water. Life in Welch was really hard on her family, they had very little money and the families living conditions were atrocious. For her to feel so clean from a swimming pool is even showing that it is hard for them.
Quote 2: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ mom said. ‘If that’s true, I should be Hercules by now'” (Walls 179). This is important because Jennet is starting to realize that she has been through a lot of difficult things throughout her life. For someone her age, it’s a little more than a typical person should be put through, and she is starting to notice it is her parent’s. Though what her mom says is true, Jennet also makes a point. She is extremely strong and brave for somebody her age, and has been through things most people never have to go through. She is starting to really see that how they are living is wrong.
Section 4: New York City Quote 1: “Things usually work out in the end. “What if they don’t? ” “That Just meaner you haven’t come to the end yet” (Walls 259). A personal connection to this quote is that everyone faces hardships and difficulties; some are Just harder than others. Either way though, we all have to go through something at one point in our lives that makes us question the way we are living. Yet what we need to remember is that everything happens for a reason, and bad things happen because better things are coming. If we didn’t have bad times, then we wouldn’t know how to be grateful for the good times.
In the end things will work out how they are meant to. You Just cannot stop trying and hoping for a better day. Quote 2: “l wanted to let the world know that no one had a perfect life, that even the people who seemed to have it all had their secrets” (Walls 270). This quote is important because the Walls family did not have anything close to a perfect life. They were not ashamed of whom they were, and they didn’t cover up their problems from the rest of the world. Jennet went through many struggles as a child growing up in a home with no boundaries, but that doesn’t mean other families around her were not struggling also.
Some people are good at putting a smile on their face, and go on with life, but on the inside things could be horrible. She’s trying to get people to understand that no one has it perfect, and every one hits rough patches, so don’t assume someone whose nappy NAS it all together. Section 5: Thanksgiving Quote 1: “I’d never met a man I would rather spend time with. I loved him for all sorts of reasons: He cooked without recipes; he wrote nonsense poems for his nieces; his large, warm family had accepted me as one of their own. And when I first showed him my scar, he said it was interesting. Walls 286) This quote is important to the story because it’s showing Jennet’s love for her second husband John. They had a lot of things in common, which made them fit together as two interesting people. He believed that Jennet was a strong woman, and their families both kind of hailed from the same neck of the woods. When she was growing up she didn’t really have a connection with any guys. So for her to grow up and find such a love is beautiful. You can see that she is very truly happy with her life, and John is very good for her.
Quote 2: “A wind picked up, rattling the windows, ND the candle flames suddenly shifted, dancing along the border between turbulence and order. ” (Walls 288) This quote is important because it is in remembrance of her father. This final sentence echoes the words of the children’s father and his preference for the place between turbulence and order. This meant that it was a place where there are no rules or boundaries, where they could do and be whatever they wanted to. It is also implies that his ghostly presence has been noted. A certain calmness and fascination conveys the unique experience Jennet shared with her father.
She always had faith in her father, even after he would fail her numerous. Even when he passed away she still believed in him. Her father’s ability to make her feel unique is thus one of the main reasons why she holds onto him when others give up on him. The love for her father could never possibly fade, as he will always be an inspiration in her life. The last word of this work is unsurprisingly given over to their father, though, and despite the chaos he brought to the family Jennet is careful to also show that the ‘border between turbulence and order’ was never dull.