Wednesday, October 01, 2008

First Essay Completed

When Leif was taking his English 101 course (English Composition) I often asked him to save his essays for the kids to read someday. So, now that I am in English Composition class I will keep a record.

I finished my first essay and I am glad that it's over:) I like free style writing. Although, I am definitely learning a lot from the class! Here is a copy of the essay (for future record.)

Type of Essay Required: Descriptive essay written strictly in third person.
Subject Given: Where is the most interesting place you have ever been?
Grade Awarded: A

The Aura of Hawaii

There is a family of islands closely linked together by an enchanting magic out in the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. This family of islands, known as the Hawaiian Islands, is filled with an enchantment that can intertwine itself in the heart of an island dweller and never leave. The magic of the Hawaiian Islands consist of a rich array of natural beauty, musical sounds and heritage, and a multiplicity of activities for everyone young and old, strong or weak, to enjoy.
The beauty of the sparkling ocean view can be seen from countless vantage points generously sprinkled throughout the islands. One can wind through the islands on the different highways that are often established along the pristine beach lined edges of the island. It is a common occurrence to have the white capped ocean waves crashing along one edge of the highway and a lush green foliage filled mountain towering along the opposite edge. The sweet perfume like scent of plumeria flowers blow with the breeze in the day, while the soft smell of jasmine in the evening floats through an open window.
The hypnotizing sounds of the Hawaiian Islands express the heart and soul of the island culture. These melodic sounds can be heard everywhere on the islands. The coo-coo calls of doves and other birds alike are a constant piece of music in the air from the second the morning sun vibrantly rises, to the moment it quietly sinks into the ocean at night. The sounds of local musicians peacefully strumming their Ukuleles and softly singing the story of the leisurely island way of life float throughout the island in the whispering breeze. As a person strolls through one of the many peaceful parks located throughout the islands, the deep, rich, sounds of traditional Hawaiian Chanters share the respected story of the island’s ancestors through the musical stories that they vibrantly sing. The spellbinding music of the islands radiates throughout the many hills and valleys of the islands and down into the lulling sounds from the waves of the ocean as one walks along the warm water’s edge.
The Hawaiian Islands are filled with an abundance of leisure time activities. For someone who needs to rest a wearied body, one may rest casually on the warm sandy beaches while canopied by the fantastically blue sky and warmed by the welcomed sunshine. As the soft breeze cools and calms the mind and body, the rolling waves out in the distance hush any lingering troubled thoughts. For the young, and young at heart, the exhilaration that is felt while riding a wave on a surf board can make one feel, if only for a moment, that they have conquered something much more powerful then themselves. The mountains of Hawaii are a refuge for someone who is seeking a place filled with calm surrender. The grand, yet humble, mountains of Hawaii emanate a deep melancholy aura recognized by anyone who knows the stories of the struggles faced by the Hawaiian people who lived long ago, almost as though the ancestors who lived in them long ago are still crying for the loss of their land and their innocence. Hiking through the steep green filled mountains along the meandering streams and up to the magnificent waterfalls brings one to a natural state of introspection.
The Hawaiian Islands are a refuge of peace and serenity for many people. It is difficult for a person to find words to explain the many wonders of Hawaii. However, many express the captivating aura that beckons one to return to the islands and stays with them forever after they taste of the natural tropical island beauty, hypnotic musical sounds and heritage of the Hawaiian Islands, and the multiplicity of healing leisure time activities that Hawaii has to offer.

1 comment:

Steph said...

You're going to breeze right through English! I'm just so glad that I'm done with that phase in my life. I tell Scott that a lot and I'm sure he's tired of hearing me say it (in a gloating manner). But I think it's great that you are going to school. It's an amazing feeling to have accomplished something so big!

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