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The Friday Everything Changed

Understanding, kind and firm, the qualities that make a good teacher. I will be writing about Anne Hart’s: The Friday Everything Changed. The setting is after World War 2, in the early 1950’s. The story takes place in a small town close to Toronto, in a small, one room school house. The older boys go to get the water, however, one day the girls want to get the water too. Miss. Ralston is a young, assertive, and courageous teacher in this story, who believes in equal rights for both boys and girls. Miss. Ralstonis young because the narrator said the she just finished grade 11 the past year: “Because she was young (she’d just finished grade 11 the year before herself – River Hibbert had fancy things like grade 11).” (page 5). This reminds me of Miss Shields from the movie A Christmas Story.  In this movie, Miss Shields was a young and strict teacher and she would do what she needed to do.  Miss Ralston also does what she needs to do.  Miss. Ralston is assertive because on her first day of teaching, the older boys where being bad and she strapped a lot of them to get them to listen: “But she ….. after she’d strapped most of them up at the front of the room before our very eyes (and even the little kids could see that it really hurt)…” (page 5). Miss Ralston is courageous because when she hit the home run she proved that girls can do what boys can do. This reminds me of athlete Jennie Finch Daigle, a base ball player because of her skill.  After, she said that the girls could carry the water, she challenged the tradition of the school:

“For a fleeting moment we had a glimpse of what life might be like in River Hibbert and then Miss. Ralston hit the ball….. Hitting the ball into the ox pasture happened maybe once a year….. “Next week” said Miss Ralston, ….. “next week Alma Niles and Joyce Shipley will go get the water.”” (page 10 and 11).

Miss. Ralston believes in equal right for boys and girls, she was able to use her personal experiences to prove that girls can do what boys can do.

all about me

The intimidation of the long drive up to the towering mountain, was nerve wracking. The bright sun was covered by a blanket of gloomy clouds. The car vibrated above the spiky path. The sound of the tires shaking on the rocks was tense. The morning dew drafted throughout the car. My mouth was dry from the worrisome felling I was exhibiting. The rocky road was long and winding. Eventually, the red lodge, came into view. As I stepped out of the car and onto the ground I felt frightened. The cool breeze of the mountain was chilling, the sweater, jeans and jacket I was wearing was not enough. There was a long walk for my family and I to get to the lodge. When we Entered the lodge, it had a warm fire burning. The smell of fresh breakfast wafted to my nose. The wood floor was cozy. There were patient clerks serving noisy customers. The line to the reception was long and winding, like the road we had just traveled. The carpet under our feet was soft. The receptionist, looked tired, but still ready to help. Mom and Dad made the plan and payed the money. She told us where to go to get to the long gondola ride that awaited us. We had our tickets in hand while we were navigating threw the huge lodge. Once we arrived at our destination, we emerged into the wind of the gail forest. The short green grass was partially covered with white fluffy snow. The gravel leading to the gondola was cold and rigid. The beeping of the gondola as it started and stopped made me as nervous as a mouse. The air coming down from the mountain was cold. My mouth still dry, like a desert. The personnel working at the bottom told us to get on the gondola. When I stepped onto the gondola it rocked back and forth like a swing. The seats were soft and comfy. The air got colder as we climbed up the mountain. I had a nice drink of hot chocolate from a thermos. As we travelled up the mountain, we didn’t see any majestic animals. The air was so cold, that I had to put on fluffy toque and gloves. Although, the voyage up the mountain was only 10 minutes, it felt a lot longer. At the top of the mountain, when we emerged, the air was freezing. I had to put on a thick jacket and snow pants. Inside the gift shop, it was warm and inviting. I learned a lot in that room. After 2 long hours on the mountain it was time for us to go back down the mountain. The voyage down was the same as when we travelled up, another dragged on 10 minutes. Although it was freezing, I had a fun time on the top of the mountain, I learned a lot too. Also, I over came a fear that was hunting me.