Hey y’all! So I was thinking about books and writing for obvious reasons and decided that my favorite book needed more recognition on a writing blog than just a title. You might be wondering what this book may be, so I will tell you eventually….

Just like many other people, I love Dr. Suess. And his book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” is my favorite book!

Last year in 9th grade we had to write college application essays and the prompt I found was to write about your favorite book. This is my essay:

 

As a second grader, I liked to start at the end. Whether it was with homework, a

list of chores, books, or dessert. So when I read, “Oh, the places you’ll go” it wasn’t only

the colorful pictures that stood out to me, but the last paragraph, too. Now I wasn’t

Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or even Moredecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, but I wanted to

move mountains and get on my way. Admittedly, the first thing I did was not move

mountains or even help my mom, but find a dictionary to see what “dexterous and deft”

meant.

As I grew, my idea of moving mountains transformed like a malleable object,

molding to my life like clay. At ten years old, all I cared about was school, and playing

with my friends. Oh, the places I went! There was fun to be done! There were points to

be scored and games to be won, and the magical things I could do with that ball or my

brain, made me the winning-est, winner of all, or so I thought. In reality my biggest

accomplishments were winning basketball games and spelling bees, but for me that

was enough.

Regardless, I became so confused in the midst of sixth-grade chaos that I started

to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace, and ground on for miles

crossing weirdish wild space, headed I feared toward the most useless place. The

waiting place, where I waited for a sign to show me what I was supposed to do, or for

someone to tell me who I was supposed to be.

A year later, I moved to a new city and a new paragraph. I wasn’t feeling like

myself, and un-slumping was not easily done. In order to squish my own personal

mountain, I had to see a whole range of others. A few good friends and a new

perspective helped me realize that helping others is what I enjoyed doing. I was given

the opportunity to use my leadership skills to help people that never realized their own

potential, and those who were telling them they didn’t have any.

Suddenly, teenage years brought so many choices. From choosing which sports

to play, and who to be friends with, to more major problems such as figuring out how to

express myself. I looked up and down streets, looked ‘em over with care. About some I

said, I do not choose to go over there. I have a few good ideas of what I want to be, but

not a definite answer on where I want my life to go. What I do know is that I’ll always

keep moving.

In the end, this book gave me my not only my favorite word, but also my favorite

idea; possibilities. I could change the world, just as this book has changed mine.

Although I’ve grown and matured, much has stayed the same. I still believe in starting at

the end and eating dessert first, but I’ve finally reached a new beginning of possibilities.

Today is my day, I’m off to great places, I’m off and away.

 

I hope y’all like it! Let me know what you’re favorite book is down below! Love you guys!

-Aspen AKA A Child At Heart

 

 

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