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I’m a big kid now

So basically this year was traumatizing but I learned how to actually care about math with some help from my lovely friends and I kinda figured out what I wanna do with myself in these next few years and all that. I think I’ve learned to like be by myself a little bit and not rely on others quite as much even though I still do but uh yeah I’m learning to be big brain and what not. Ninth grade has been a strange time, lots of things happened that I wish hadn’t but also there were some pretty good things so I guess I can’t complain. Anyways yes good times, I’m definitely failing most of my classes and this’ll be fun, also I moved so that’s cool. Okay well I’m just saying random crap now so I’ll shut up, Have a good life.

Things have a way of settling down

I don’t think things with ever go fully back to normal, there will be some lasting changes and hopefully we will learn from everything that has happening and will happen in the coming months and make some needed changes in the way we react and what happens in times like these. This will definitely be something we remember for a long time and who knows maybe it’ll go down in history. It’s funny to me when people say ” It couldn’t possibly get worse” because it pretty much always can and often does so I’m kinda just waiting for something to come and make it much worse.

The Good Stuff

“They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it–seems that only children weep“

Atticus says this to Jem after he asks, “How could they do it, how could they?” basically asking how with so much evidence that Tom is innocent could they still convict him. Atticus’ answer is kind of sad, he starts off saying, “I don’t know, but they did it.” he knows that no matter what he did nothing would’ve changed the outcome because that’s just how the men were. I literally forgot to post this like a week ago, sorry bout that.

Consider Things from His Point of View

Alright so I decided I wanted to “consider things” from Tom Robinson’s point of view because I thought he’d be the most interesting to write about. I was just thinking about how it’d feel being on trial and having the people that are accusing you be blatantly lying on the stand and still having everyone believe them, it would suck man. Plus the fact that there was amazing evidence in his defense proving beyond reasonable doubt that he was innocent and the jury still all voted that he was guilty almost solely because it was a black man going against a white man. I just feel that everything that happened would’ve been really hurtful, Tom was just trying to help a poor girl in a bad situation and it ended with him being convicted for rape.


Alright so this poem was a bit more confusing and harder to figure out than the last one but I liked it too. So I read the poetry analysis for Harlem mainly because I couldn’t figure out what the title has to do with the actual poem and I thought it was pretty cool that the author titled the poem after the “sanctuary” that the neighborhood of Harlem had become for  African American families. Anyways, it was kind of sad the way the deferred dreams weren’t really lost but rather left to change and become gross and rotted basically. I don’t know what I’m talking about, have a lovely evening everyone.


How I’m Dealing With This Coronavirus Stuff

I’m really bored and tired of this but overall I’m okay. My friends and I have been spending hours on facetime to stay in touch and see the progress on how insane we’ve gotten and work on stuff together. I am honestly pretty behind in most of my classes but I’m caught up in biology and metals, I’m kinda just waiting for this all to over, I wanna leave my house but its whatever. I’ve just been coping by practicing as a distraction and packing when I have extra time or talking to old friends cause why not. Anyways yeah I’m bored but I’ll just be home doing the same things over and over again for a bit.

Blind Spots

“‘Mr. Cunningham’s basically a good man,’ he said, ‘he just has his blind spots along with the rest of us.’ Jem spoke. ‘Don’t call that a blind spot. He’da killed you last night when he first went there.'”

I think we all have blind spots that cause us to make mistakes, some might have more than others or the blind spots may be more severe but I don’t think it’d be fair to judge people based off of these blind spots. Just because someone makes a dumb mistake doesn’t make them a bad person and if a person thinks about doing something terrible they aren’t a bad person, I’d say it doesn’t make them a bad person until they actually do the terrible thing.

wow once again its a bird

Strange Fruit

Honestly it’s a good poem, it was written really well and it obviously wasn’t hard to figure out what was going on and the way Billie Holiday sang it was beautiful, it was definitely a bit dark but overall it was pretty good. It made me think about how terrible people can be, how could you do something like that to another person just because you don’t like them or you think you won’t get the result you want from the law? I think the author really just wanted to show people how bad it really was and what was happening for stupid reasons.


Real Courage

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do”

Again I’m big brain quotes are great. Anyways I think Atticus is right, courage doesn’t come from having an advantage over someone it comes from doing something even though you know that you’ll probably fail in the long run. I honestly can’t think of a time that I’ve had “this type of courage” but I’m sure there probably is one somewhere.

look it’s another bird, wow


I think Atticus taking the case was probably a bad idea, he knows that he’s going to cause a lot of drama and what not with a lot of people and his children are going to get a lot of crap about their dad. Scout has already almost gotten in a fight about it before she even knew that Atticus had taken on a controversial case, Atticus is a good dude and it’s good that he wants to help someone that no one else does but like when it starts affecting the kids and their lives I think it’s a little much. That sounds bad, imma head out now.


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