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In Lynda Barry’s essay “The Sanctuary of School” she talks about how her school taught her how to “build a life preserver that she could carry home”. This statement at first glance seems extremely ambiguous but if you look at it carefully it is only slightly ambiguous While this statement is ambiguous I believe it means that school taught her how to find or make something good in her hectic life that helped make life worth living and that she was able to take her love of drawing home and even do it there.

In Barry’s essay she talks of how hectic her life was with her family being poor and yet often having to take in various family members and because of that she was often neglected by her parents. It is because of this that I believe that she meant drawing helped make life worth living as well as more enjoyable. She said that she had started crying to one of her teachers when she had gone out to school early and because of this her teacher had her start drawing which she grew to love doing even more which is why I believe school taught her how to find or make something good in her life.

A hobby that has meant a great deal to me is playing video games. This hobby is important to me because for a long time I grew up on a farm in a small town and it was one of the few things that I could do for entertainment since it was a very small town with little to nothing in the way of outdoor activities, sports, theaters, etc. It was also important because, having many allergies, I couldn’t do very much for entertainment outside during the spring and summer due to all of the allergens. They have also provided a good source of entertainment for me to do with my friends and my brother.

Lynda Barry’s hobby of drawing obviously meant a lot to her and helped her to enjoy life just as playing video games have helped me better enjoy life. Hobbies are an important part of life that both entertain us and help us enjoy life more in order to get through the tough times everyone...
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