Monday, February 27, 2017

Reflection On The Color of Water Chapters 24,25,Epologue

"I never knew how suck he was"(254). I feel like that is a huge part in why it is so hard for her to give up the church because so many things don't go her way and she wants to b the one that takes responsibility for it and she can't. "It took many years to find our who she was partly because I never knew who I was"(261). You can figure out who you are but if you can't do that and you trying to help someone else it is so though to do. "I had to find out more about who I was, and in order to find out who I was, I had to find out who my mother was"(266). I think when he is finding himself he is also finding out how his mom was raised too." My own life was rebuilt"(270). I find that very interesting because the more he finds out about his mom the more he really understands his life. "After the trip, she and Frances picked up where their high school friendship left off and remain close today"(274). He helped his mom face her past than run away from it."Mommy has created her own nation"(277). It all started because she left her life behind to make a better life for her kids and that is what he is finding out.

Reflection of Color of Water Chapters 21, 22, 23

"Don't come back"(215). I think her dad just doesn't know how to handle things when they are different and he doesn't agree with them. It is kinda like a bird who gets its wings and flies away and never comes back to the nest. "He told me Mameh had just passed away"(216). It is hard for her to lose someone and she has never tried to hurt anyone. "The Jew in me was dying anyway, but truly died when my mother died"(218). I feel like that was finally when she started to notice that she could be the person she always wanted to be. "Everything she had known was gone"(221). I feel that it was interesting because he is trying to figure out more about his mothers childhood they really know nothing." The tape is running"(227). I feel like he was doing that so that he could get his mom the help that she needed. "I'll still be your mother when you come back"(232). That is something that a mom would really say that she really cares."I accepted Jesus that day and He has never let me down form that day to this"(235). I find that interesting that she would do that and leaver her life all the way behind her. "He got worse and worse, and during this time I missed my period"(242). I feel that it was a very stressful time in her life and also to now think that she has another kid on the way the is not fun at all. "Part of me died when Dennis died"(244). She had to figure out how to go in it alone and try to raise her kids by herself.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Reflection Color of Water 18,19,20

"She hates the South"(180). I feel like she hates the south more because she feels that her kids really don't fit in with segregation."Yet she wanted me to go"(189). She wants her kids to have a better life than what she is able to give them right now. "This was no joking matter for them"(195). He was very loyal to her and made her feel better about everything. "He was serious about his money"(198). I think that he was nervous that they would take his money. "Racism is a problem that should end just about the time we graduate"(204). It sill goes on today but not at that level. "The whole family is long gone"(210). I feel like they all left because they couldn't really see what was actually going on inside closed doors.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Reflection on Color of Water Chapters 15,16,17

"We can't see each other anymore"(153). I think was pretty angry about what was happening and she felt betrayed. "I'm going to the ceremony"(157). I think that she is finally realizing that after she graduates she doesn't have to deal with her parents anymore. "Get away from me!"(164). I feel like she snapping because she is losing what drives her everyday to keep moving forward. "I'll never learn to drive"(167). I think that is also something that happened to her she doesn't want to be seen driving. "Not just for me, but for anyone"(171). I feel like she is finally starting to realize that there is someone out there for her.

Reflection Color of Water Chapters 12,13,14

"He married her and made the baseball team his own, adding four more kids to make it twelve"(118). I think that it is interesting because I always feel that I am missing something. "Daddy's favorite was Walter, the most fun-loving and gregarious of his brothers"(121).  That is really interesting to me because he refers to them as by their first names not uncle so maybe he doesn't see them as uncles he just sees Hunter Jordan as dad. "He'd had a stoke"(126). That shocks me because was it the stress of not being able to be in Brooklyn or what. It would be hard for you to come back from and that is how he died. "My mother knew I was pregnant and in trouble"(129). Sometimes you need someone to help you and they just can't. " She made a few phone calls,  found a Jewish doctor in Manhattan , and took me to his office where I had an abortion"(134). I feel like that symbolizes to that is starting really let go of her past." I failed everything"(138). I think that day was hard for him because needed a dad figure in his life and he just didn't have it anymore."I was numb"(141). That is interesting he is kinda going though the same things that his mom did at his age."I can't forget it"(149). Chicken man is giving him advise that he wishes he would have taken when he was James age.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Introduction to My Ressiance Little Project

What is this video?
This was an end of the unit assignment on the Harlem Ressiance.
What do you want people to know before they watch it?
I want you to know that I made a poem that was inspired by Langston Hughes "I Too"
What do you want people to focus on as they watch it?
I want you to focus on the pictures and people are all the same.
What do you hope people will gain from your video?
I think that people will learn that you are really the person you want to be, not just stereotyping.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Reflection on Color of Water Chapters 9,10, 11

" Folks where pour and starving."(83) I can relate to that because you lose prospective when things are just good all the time. "It was her sense of education, more than any other that Mommy conveyed her Jewishness to us"(87). He feel that he is learning how his mom liked to grow and how his mom was treated because that is what she does to her kids. "By the age of twelve, i was traveling an hour and a half one way to junior high school by myself, taking two buses each direction every day"(89). I feel that his mom wanted the best for her children so she would do what ever it takes to get them there. "Yet I myself had no idea who I was"(91). I feel like it is very confusing when you don't have anybody that you can trust and are there for you all the time. "In the summer she was the Pied Piper, leading the whole pack of us to public swimming pools, stripping down to her one-piece bating suit and plunging into the water like a walrus, the rest of us following her like seals, splashing and gurgling in terror behind her as Mommy flailed along, seemingly barely able to sim herself."(95). She still wanted to giver all her kids life skills that they needed. "I grew secretive, cautious, passive, angry and fearful always"(100). I feel that he feels that she is not really his mom because of how much they don't look like each other and it is hard for him to understand. "Now as a grown black man, I feel privileged to have come from two worlds"(103). I feel like that must be so hard and he trying to make sense of it as he goes because he doesn't have anybody to talk to.  "Then after a while my period was late. By a week. Then another two weeks. Then it never came" (112). I find that as way that she was telling the world that she didn't like how she was being treated anymore so she was doing something about it.

Reflection of Chapter 6,7,8

"I'm crying because I am happy" (50). I wonder if she did a lot things that her kids though was weird but also I think it is hard that she has lost two husbands as well and that got is one of the only things left. "God is the color of water."(51) I think that she is saying that he needs to figure out the color of water before he can figure out who God is. " When we got home, Mommy beat Billy's butt."(55) That is probably because she wants him to know how much god sacrificed for him. "That was the Klu Klux Klan riding though"(58) That is interesting to me because of how they acted about black people. "He trusted no one"(59). That is important because he didn't even trust his daughters. "Sam was his main target"(62). I get why she didn't like being a part of that family it doesn't seem fun at all."Not too long afterwards, the dean of Music and Art called our house and asked Ma why Helen was quitting school"(72). I feel that she was tired of the expectation for her. "She's not coming home Ma"(77). I think that they are all a little tired of trying to do anything with all 12 of them trying to run the house.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Reflection on Color of Water Chapter 2,3,4,5

"He was seventy-two when he died" (5) I think that he is sad because that is pretty young for him to die. He seem like he treats all the kids as his own.

"I always thought of him as Daddy"(6) He feels close to his step dad. His stepdad was the dad that he really knew because his mom got married when he was still less than a year old.

"I virtually dropped out of high school after he died, failing every class."(6)
It is tough when you lose a parent to keep going and feeling like you are still doing the right thing. I get it. 

"She war commander and chief of my house, because my stepfather did not live with us.(9)That seem like a very stressful life having 12 kids and no one to help you. You are also very private so that makes it seem even more distant

"Me and Mommy alone"(11)
I think that is one memory that he holds onto because that is one of the only times he gets to be alone with his mom.

"My little sister Kathy who trailed behind them"(14)
They were all older than he was so he was scared and they would make fun of him because of that.

“I held you and your brother in my arms as I ran”(16) Her mom was not exactly sure what was coming but she knew that it was scary and she was not exactly sure what was going to happen.

"I was a runner"(17) That is probably why she rides her bike everywhere instead of driving a car.

"You obeyed, period"(18) That is why she told James that he just needed to listen to her and do what she told him to do.

"Yet Mommy refused to acknowledge her whiteness."(23)I think that a big part of that for her is that she didn’t know how to answer that question. She married men with black skin so that is why her children don’t look like her.

"Our favorite as a gleaming black, souped-up GTO with the words “Black Power” written in smooth white script across the hood and top"(26)  That is interesting is that car just black or is the driver also black?

"Get your butt inside before dark" (28)
I think he was testing. He wanted to see if his mom would do  she said she would do. I think that he also was pretty mad when they didn’t follow her rules like her parent would be with her.

"He always made sure his kids never got into trouble, was concerned about money, and trusted the providence of the Holy Father to do the rest."(29)  
I think that he misses having a dad around because he wants some of that parenting that is not just telling him that he is doing everything wrong.

"She viewed the civil rights achievements of black Americans with pride, as if they were her own."(32)
I think that it is part of what she wanted and part of doing what is right not what you want. She did a lot of that leaving her family marrying a black man she did a lot and she wants to be proud of what she did.

"My parents didn’t have the warm relations that most parents had."(41)
That is part of why I think that she parents her kids like she does.

"My father did things to me that I can’t tell anyone about."(42)  

She was trying to make up what she didn’t have in her past but she was really stick to her kids.