Gary Soto

Topics: Teacher, 1995 singles, Time Pages: 2 (731 words) Published: December 15, 2010
One of the most interesting passages in Soto's piece is the third to last paragraph. Soto states: "We can slide through life incognito, hoping that no one will remember us as we were. Certainly we have enough pain in our adult years. Why make it worse?" By this, I believe Soto is trying to say how even though we might not look or act like how we used to ten years ago, there are still people who remember the "old" you. And those people who do remember the person that you used to be will have a tendency to bring it up someday. A couple of months ago, my old friends and I were looking at our old yearbook from middle school. One of them saw my old school picture, and said "Oh my gosh, Eliza! What happened to you? You looked so ugly and dorky before. Now, you don't look anything like that." Of course, I found that somewhat offensive, but funny at the same time. Gary also says, "Childhood doesn't seem to go away no matter how we age or how far we move from the source of our anger and joy". With that being said, I strongly agree because lately, I have come to the realization that memories and my past has been drowning my brain. Whether those memories are good or bad, I have been analyzing them and at the same time, I am learning and finally realizing what I should have learned before. Just like Soto, it took me a lot of years to later to finally realize what I failed to realize before.

In the second paragraph, Soto says "We think we are clever. We smother ourselves beneath beards, dye our hair, and on rings of fat." I find this interesting because every day, people are changing the way they look and ultimately believe that they are all of a sudden a whole new person. With the new "looks" that we acquire, we tend to forget about the "old" you. People might try to change the way they look, but deep down inside there is the person that has so many memories that they cannot forget, no matter what happens.

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