Personal Reflection Essay:Choice #1

e., story line).The tone is often informal and conversational.One approach is to tie your reflection to a personal experience that will provide a sequence the reader can hold on to.Driving in a rain storm, for example, or walking to school may be activities that can help ground a work and give it a foundation.Another approach is to focus on a contrast of feelings or emotions.If you are exploring attitudes toward old age, for example, it might be effective to contrast how you felt as a child and your attitude now.Or if street violence is your general topic, you might consider turning your attention back and forth between the mother of a gang member and her son.The third approach is to select an image – something you can see, touch, or hear – and use it as a way to discuss your true concern.” [Borrowed from “Literary Nonfiction: The Fourth Genre” by Stephen Minot].
In “Pop Art”, Doyle is reflecting on what it feels like to be a father.He uses a series of images in an essay that really reads more like a poem.In “Joyas Voladores”, Doyle gives us images of animals – from the smallest hummingbird to the largest whale – to talk about hearts.What sounds like a sort of biology lesson becomes a beautiful final paragraph on the fragility of the human heart and all that it endures in a life time.
If I were to write an essay for this assignment, I might write about going on a trip with my aging parents (75 and 80) and how it made me realize that in the circle of life our parents become like our children on some level and need our love and protection and help the way we needed theirs when we were small.I would be using a story to give my essay a foundation.Another possibility would be to write about my husband (whom I married at age 48) and describe him (an image) as a way to reflect on how being older (and hopefully wiser!) the things I look for in a life partner have changed from when I was young.
The essay should be 2 – 3 pages typed and double spaced, or 500-750 words.