Thursday, July 31, 2008

The best way to undstand a person

One of the things that I like about mainstreaming is all the books you get to read . A good example of this is in ninth grade for English class we had to read To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. This book is a great read I know that baby will enjoy this book this upcoming school year. One of the things that the book talks about is compassion and seeing something from anther person's point of view . Here is the quote

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

After we finished reading the book we had to write an essay based on this wrote here is what I wrote for that assignment.
Don't read the rest if you haven't read the book

Have you ever looked at something or someone from a different point of view? In Harper Lee’s 1961 classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird this in one of the many themes of the book . The main character Scout Finch‘s dad (Atticus) tells Scout ,“ ’you climb into his skin and walk around in it ’ ” (33) in order to understand people. Scout walks in a lot of people skin in the story. Two characters that she tries to understand in this way are Atticus and Dolphus Raymond.

While Scout thinks Atticus is a boring old man that no one respected she comes to find that he has a lot of respect in Maycomb county. Scout wishes her dad was younger; when she talks to her neighbor (Miss. Maudie) she says “ ’Atticus can’t do anything.’ “(104) Scout loves her dad of course as all girls her age do, but wishes he was younger so he can be more like her friends dads. She also thinks that no one could possibly respect him because he doesn’t have any talents. As the story gets deeper and deeper into the plot Scout realizes that her dad has talents and a lot of people respect him. Atticus is a lawyer and defends a black man(Tom Robinson) who was charged of raping a white girl. The day after Tom Robinson’s trail the Finch’s find the table “loaded with enough food to bury the family.”(244) This would be a sign of respect in our time period. This has an even bigger sign of respect because To Kill a Mockingbird takes place during the great depression. Scout realizes that the people would rather starve so her family would have enough to eat. In the end of the book Scout learns that her dad is not the old, useless man she once saw but a man who the town valued .

Although Scout thinks that Dolphus Raymond is an alcoholic she comes to find that he’s ,not but he has to pretend. When the kids go into to town for the trial and see
Mr. Raymond Scout and Jem’s friend (Dill) says ‘’He drinkin’ out of a sack”(182);Scout’s brother tell Scout and Dill that Mr. Raymond “ ‘got a Coca-Cola bottle full of whiskey in there.’”(182) Scout believes her older brother and decides to avoid him. Scout thinks he’s a bad man because he also lives with a colored women. Scout latter learns that Jem’s views on Dolphus Raymond are not true. When Dill can’t take anymore of the court trial the children go outside and find themselves face to face with Dolphus Raymond. He offers dill his drink that according to legend is whiskey. After taking a sip Dill says “ ‘Scout, it’s nothing but Coca-Cola.’”(227) Scout is very surprised and is forced to imagined life from Mr. Raymond’s point of view. Scout learns that Dolphus Raymond has no choice but pretend to because people will hurt him. In the end Scout realizes that Dolphus Raymond not a drunk but has to pretend to be so people will leave him alone

The theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is to see things through someone else’s point of view. Scout learns that her dad is not a boring old man who doesn’t have any respect but a man who the black community values. Scout learns that Dolphus Raymond is not a drunk but a has to in order too protect himself. Have you ever seen something from someone else’s point of view?

*This is a post That i wrote before we went to southern CA where we are now.*

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Words do hurt: part one

I remember when I was little and my dad told me that "Sticks and Stones can break your bones but words can never hurt you. Well I don't think it is true... Wait let me rephrase that it is . Baby and Mid-sis have a easy cry baby that would me. My dad says that I am too sensitive and tells me to ignore it. That is the bad advice that you can give a victim of bullying disabled or not .Still don't believe me okay here comes a story

In sixth grade my mom and dad through that I should have one class in special education called RSP. it basically is a study hall with a special needs teacher who helps you do the work. Well in Sixth grade I had a guy in my class who always said I was a loner and no one played with me. I told the teacher and she said to ignore it because he was from a bad family and needed attention. Well I never could ignore it and I spent the remainder of my first middle school year yelling at him back and froth.

The school thorough I had behavior problems so in seventh grade i was put into a RSp room with a strict teacher and mean kids. Man did I hate that class. There were three other kids in the class who teased me and like the guy in 6th grade all of them came from middle class families trying to make ends meet. What made it worse was that there was a nice RSP room with good kids who teacher was nice. I also was the only one with my teachers on my RSP teacher case load The nice one had the others.

On Wednesdays were the hardest day of the week. The teacher had meetings that day and we were under supervision of a sub. One peculiar Wednesday a girl said that the entire 7th grade hated me. She was training for a peer helper and the class was talking about me and how much they hated me. My aid talked to me and sat by me during my next class and we talked to the head teacher(Who is a great guy that i had for math the next year) who told me that they had been talking about how to treat someone with a disability and my name came up. Someone did not learn their lesson.

Words do hurt and schools need to be aware of this and help those getting teased and don't tell them to ignore it . Think about it this way if your son/ daughter fell and scarped his/her knee you wipe it up right. Well bullying is like that only the cut is invisible It's a cut to the child self esteem

This post was written before I left for Southern CA. I will be back at the end of the week.*

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Tony Melendez

I know I know it is Spainsh with English subtitles and we have to read it( Or speak Spainsh ) in order to understand what he is saying but please take the time to watch it. It's a great example of not letting a disability stand in your way.

Thanks Nicole for sharing this with me.
** This post was made before my family went to Southern CA . We will be back at the end of the week**

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday grains of gratiude

1 My brother came to cut his b day cake today. He has been busy and still improving his base ball skills.
2 I had fun at a family friend's house yesterday. We were playing wii and I beat three other people in boweling and got 3 strikes in a row.
3 That I got to judo on friday. I had a hard time keeping up and want to go back to my old place which is more convent but the others are little kids. I don't know what I am going to do we will see.
4 Baby got accepted to First Step at her new high school,. I did this program when I was her age and it really made the move from middle to high school much easier. I thought she would not be able to attend because she is a straight A student but she is.
5 I got to go on a walk today with my parents and Zoe . Zoe behaved herself which makes takeing her out more enjoyable . It was a nice way to soend the morning
6 I am signed up to help out at a Hippo Theraphy center and might get paid for it. I went Thrusday Morning and met the voulinteer boass who has a son with mild CP I might even take leassons there. I will have two good helper weeks in before school starts when I come back from vacationn (See Below)

Collage Road trip

This week Mom, Dad, mid-sis baby and I are going on a collage road trip / sight seeing of Southern CA. We are going to meet up with my uncle, aunt and cousin as well as my grandma. (She never passes up a opportunity to go on a trip) We are going to have fun but I won't be able to read blogs or comments until we come back. We are comeing back ether Thursday or Friday.

I have posts for Monday through Thursday as of right now Sunday Night So stop on by and read and LEAVE A COMMENT T I can't wait to read them all when I come back.

hope everyone has a great week

Thursday, July 24, 2008

24 on July 24 2008

 Today is the  man  b day he is turn 24. He is from  my dads  first wife  but is   the only brother I have.    I love him so much and I wanted to give a shout  to him on his birthday. 

Happy birthday  man  I love you 


Playing in the pool in Mexico    AZ   nine   and Man   18

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday grains of gratitude

 1That  I went to some fun  Bbq this  past two weekends Last week I went to Jackie Spears event and got to play wii fit  and on Sunday I  went to my dad's friend  political   bbq which was interesting to say the least  there  were flies  everywhere.   On  Saturday  we went To  N house There were lots of kids and  great food  and I got a lot of reading done 
2 That we are going to finish   our backyard surprise this week stay toon for pics 
3 I went to softball despite  being sick (See Below). I got to see R  which was nice  because I haven't seen him all summer.  His mom   was able to give us a ride home.
4 My dad is off work for TWO WHOLE WEEKS
5 My mom  has been walking  with her friend  from Italy   and   has been taking Plates   She   is trying to become healthier  and to me she  seems like she is on the right track I wish she was  like that about Disneyland though 
6 We went to see batman  it was really good  

Summer sickness

  So  after a fun day  at a friend's  house   I was the first out of my  sisters and cousin to fall asleep  About    midnight  I woke up coughing  and  coughing and  could not fall  back off to sleep  I got up  and  got the air  cleaner  and  went back to bed. I fell back off to sleep   only to be woken  up again by  hiccups and  coughing.  A bad  combination to say  the least . So  I   dealt with it and fell off to sleep  only to wake up   today    to find out that I am sick .  This  is the worst time for me to be sick  besides  the fact that it is summer  but  I have a golf torment tomorrow   so  if you guys can send me    quick  recovery vibes that be  much  appreciated 

Friday, July 18, 2008

Charterize my bike

From the time I was five to the time I was ten. I was fortunate to ride a normal bike with training wheels. AS I got closer to 11 having training wheels became more and more but try as I might I was stooped by my CP. It was worse when mid sis and baby were able to get normal bikes and I still had the little bike when what I really wanted was a Moutinn bike like my sisters and neighborhood kids( remember this was before I was in the so and really saw people with disabilities. The summer before 6th grade I got a Recumbent bike and Love to ride it it goes pretty fast on flat land but of course I live on a hill but that never stops me I ride almost every day around the block in the summer

So earlier this week I had a idea to help kids with who own a special needs trike to personalize it you know like add there favorite character on it and paint it. Sounds like a good idea to me but i want to hear from you even if your child has a regular bike

Monday, July 14, 2008

Times like these

When I was little (Like fourth fifth grade) I had a phase that must be pretty common in the disabled wold "I felt like a regular kid." well I haven't had one of those days in a while and not since OCD where I felt like I was 16.

I got signed up for The book work for Driver's training which happens tomorrow (Tuesday ) and got a book the class started Monday but I came to late so will have to make it up at another . I read the rule book and went to golf

AT golf (With the SO) I got to stay later a do partner play. My partner is a little older then me and vary cute I might add. He lives near by and we played with D and his bro (My neighbors) We got a boogie a double boogie and I hit some pretty good shots I might add. When it was time to go My dad said he would pick me up and went to the wrong place . ( we play at two facilities) so my partner drove me home and I got to play on his i phone In the car I felt like a normal sixteen year old riding in a car with a teen age boy . I don't get many " normal" days like this I know things will be alright and I will have more days like this in the future

Friday, July 11, 2008

What a diffence Mom at home makes

Well Mom was home yesterday and I got to tell you what a impact it had on Baby and mid-sis . this week has been full of tv wii and eating and sleeping I was the first to rise and I helped Mom make grits. Because mom was home there was less tv ( which I don't take part in anyway) this was replaced with shopping (Baby and Mid sis) reading and playing tennis in the backyard.
Baby pretend to be the teacher and played with each of us and I must say that although I shucked I had fun. zoe even came outside to play with us. baby offered her two balls a nice one and a old one and she being a dog chose the dirty one. It was funny but whenever zoe would be by the nice one she sinff it and then pick up her dirty one. It is so funny but Zoe dosen't understand the concept of feach She loves to get the ball but return it not so much.

All in all I had a fun filled day I hope today goes just as well and this weekend I might just convince my parents to go horseback rideing

Monday, July 7, 2008

Why is it

Why is it that when your sister (Mid-sis ) comes home and your waiting to see her come out of customs it is harder then we see is actually away.

A week a go today mid sis came back from china and Baby Mom Dad and I had to find this out the hard way. We got To SFO early and was waiting for her to get out . They had a screen that showed people coming out of customs and it is seemed like the adults in charge made them go to customs last . In the end she came out but I it took forever.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sunday grains of gratiude

1 Mid-sis had fun in china

2 I had fun yeah Fun on Saturday with my sister we had a pinac outside and I hung around the house played wii

3 That things are going to settle down around here ( Mom stills has to work but no traveling makes it nice) which means finger crossed that OCD settles out

4 Mom had fun in WA with her sisters and the next meeting is not for two years next year we will have a proper fourth of July . ( I missed fireworks last year)

Turn in on Tuesday for a cool idea for October

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July

 Hope  everyone had fun today

 happy belated 

B day  dad  July 3

C July  2 and now is   five years old   Click family  to see    pics of her 

& happy Canada Day   July 1 

now I am  off to watch fireworks

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Come on already its the fourth of july

My mom left for Washington state today . she has a meeting or this club for Affercan American women called the links. She will not be with us tomorrow so that pretty much limits our fourth of July. If thats not enough to make me mad My dad has to work all day Saturday which means I have to stay home with mid-sis and baby none of them are worried but thanks to my anxious brain I am all worried about so much so that I did not sleep well last night. I don't know why I am scared really but i am. It would be silly to hire a sister for us on Saturday but I am scared I know thats not right considering I am almost 17 .

Dr? made me upset today I called to talk to him about Saturday and he refused to help me deal with it saying that my new Dr should help me the thing is that I only met with her two times once on the last day of DR? and last friday and i don't know her that well. I know DR? means well but he made me sad all the same did I mention I hate Hate transitions

keep you posted

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Ablity Tuesday July 2008

My ability is that I am not shy. This is probably a benefit groom havening NLD is that since i don't know when it is not the right time to talk to someone I always do. This is not to say that I am popular which i am soo not but I am friendly and that beats shy.

I get along great with adults . I think it is because i am Funny and smart but just a little corky. Adults tend to have more understanding then kids do. All well I guess I will have to wait a little while until I am in my 20's and then I might have TRUE friends my own age. Until then I have my teachers my older cousin and the blogsphere to keep me company