Choices in Life

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Sean Drew
Mr.Bauman
English 10
12th October 2012
All Choices have Consequences

In my life there have been many times when my parents have told me to not do things but as a child when they tell you that it just makes you want to do it more. I have learned over my fifteen years of life that when you are told something it is for a good reason. I was reminded of what my parents told me by a younger family member but since they were younger I saw no reason to give them any of my attention. This relates to Devil’s Arithmetic because Chaya tried to warn her family but they didn’t listen to what she was saying. Had we listened to our younger family members the situation might have ended differently.

When I was nine years old I made a mistake that lost the trust of my parents and I got myself hurt. My family was all together for the 4th of July. After watching the fireworks we went back to my house and had a campfire. My parents and older family members all went inside to talk because it was getting late and cold. They left my cousins and me outside only telling us not to play in the fire and to come to bed soon. Being the oldest of my cousins I felt like I could do whatever I wanted and could get away with it. I started playing in the fire poking at it with a long stick that was lying nearby. My younger cousin, who was only about six at the time, said that I should stop poking at the fire because I would get in big trouble. I ignored him and just kept on poking. Then I realized the stick had caught fire so I started waving it around trying to put it out. I ended up tripping and the burning stick landed on my leg. I was taken to the hospital balling my eyes out. I ended having a second degree burn on a large part of my small leg. This all relates to Devil’s Arithmetic because my younger cousin warned me about the fire just like Chaya warned her family about the Nazis. If we had listened we would have never of had to go through the pain. For me it was only a...
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