Monthly Archives: November 2014

Thanksgiving Writing

Prompt: What are your families tradition for the Thanksgiving holidays? How does tradition serve as a basis for families, cultural, and family identity? How can tradition be a positive as well as a negative force for individuals and society?

My family and I have a very simple tradition for Thanksgiving. We have Thanksgiving dinner at my house and invite my mom’s sister down to have dinner with us and go shopping. My mom and I make the food all day to have it ready by 5 o’clock so we can eat then. After we eat and clean up the table from the dishes we grab the new paper with all the ads in it and debate on where we want to go. Normally we have a list of everything we are looking for and a list of what we really need. Then we make a map of how we are going to conquer or list and where to go and what time to go.

This serves as a basis for my family and the identity. No matter what comes up we always have dinner at our house and invite my mom’s sister. This is the basis because we always do that no matter what. We care for our family and we show that by having them come over and share this special meal with us. We only invite my mom’s sister because she is the only one that is willing to come down. Going shopping is the main identity for my family on this holiday because we always go out when the stores open. Everyone we know knows that when it comes to Black Friday we always go shopping to get most of the gifts we give out for Christmas. That is our true family identity on Thanksgiving is the shopping aspect.

Traditions can be a negative because you always do the same thing and it can get boring. As for the positive you know what you are going to do and you can prepare for it the right way. As society wise it keeps people buying most of the same things they normally by and doesn’t cause a world of panic because people don’t know what to do. A negative to the society is that since we have had Thanksgiving for a while we could grow old of it and just skip it.

Paper topics

In the street when she yells at her son for shoe shining and she just wants him to do something better then that then compare that to the writing of the lottery when she says her daughter has to be in the drawing to. This is so wrong and I would go through the aspect of why it is okay to push your kids to do better but not push them as far as hurting themselves like she did in the lottery. The sources I would use would be some about punishing your child for what they do to a certain extent. The hard thing about that is that people have different viewpoints on how to raise and punish their child or to talk to them. It would be hard to pick out which ones would be legit and not fully opinion based. The top question I have is what is so bad with yelling or punishing your child?

In the Lottery and the jury of her peers the women are seen as the ones that do everything for the house. Like in the lottery they are cleaning the houses and taking care of the kids when they have the lottery and then they go back to work. Just like in the jury of her peers the women are in the house to grab the things and clean the house. Some sources for this topic would be how the women got treated back then and try and find sources that would list off the roles they would play. The tricky thing would be that there would be so many of them and it would be hard to pick out which one would be the right one to use. I just don’t understand why the women had to be the “home people” that toke care of everything.