“How do I see my country and what am I ready to do and give up for it”? It is the question that each of us should ask ourselves at some point of time. School education in the majority of countries tries to ingrain the feeling of patriotism to us. We learn how to love and respect our motherland and be proud of the achievements that our history keeps and passes to new generations.
Patriotism is, undoubtedly, important and society should bring this feeling to each of us from early childhood. I also believe that patriotism starts with the love to the family and one can bring the most to its country by being able to protect, respect and value family and relationships that can be build in it. A lot of poets and writers have chosen patriotism as the topic subject of their art and works and we can learn from them a lot. This literature makes the concept of patriotism unique and consistent throughout the years and centuries. It is one of the feelings that did not evolve a lot in spite of all the changes that have been happening with humanity throughout the history.
I’m definitely sure that everyone at least once in his or her life thought: “If I could go back in time, I would…”. All of us have something in our past that we want to change: some people regret about mistakes they’ve done, others about things they wanted to do, but didn’t resolve to. Human beings regret about words they said, about hasty actions and conclusions, about lack of courage or persistence, etc.
Personally I regret that I’ve quarreled with a loyal friend of mine nearly half a year ago and we still do not communicate. Sometimes I feel that I need her, I need this person, who always listened to my endless stories, who could understand me even without words and who was always eager to lend me a hand, but I still do not have enough courage to call her… If I could go back in time, I would behave in another way and we still would be the best friends.
I’m definitely sure that almost all of us at least once in life have seen something weird, extraordinary and odd, and something that doesn’t have any logical sense or explanation. Some people met ghosts, others saw the UFO and different unusual creatures. There still exist many weird things in our lives.
Frankly speaking, I can hardly say that I have a vast experience in weird things that cannot be explained. Still, I remember one episode. It happened several years ago. I collected plush bears and my aunt presented me a collection of nine new ones for my birthday. It was a collection of a big bear family including bear-parents, bear-grandparents and many bear-children. I fell for my new collection at once, which is why I put them all at the foreground of the shelf in my room.
We, human beings, are such creatures who always dream about things that are very difficult to obtain, sometimes even not possible at all. Personally I prefer to dream only about real things, which I can achieve in certain period of time. There is only one unreal thing I regret about from time to time. Sometimes I wish I had a sister or a brother!
In my childhood I was the only one among my friends who didn’t have brothers or sisters. My best friend was lucky to have a twin-sister and two younger brothers. I always liked to visit their place: it was always filled with a special atmosphere of a large family. Their evenings were almost always the same, but I can hardly say that they were monotonous or boring. All the time my friend and her sister welcomed me to their house, their mother was cooking something delicious, making my mouth watered, the boys all the time ran around the house, playing their noisy games, and their father was always working in his study.
“Barn burning” is a story of famous American writer, Nobel laureate William Faulkner. It is one of the most popular works of the author, published in 1939 and, despite the fact that most of his works are rather complex for the perception of an ordinary reader, this story has managed to attract the attention of the most diverse audience.
The main subject line is the story of class conflict and revenge, as a form of human aggression, the total effect of the father determining the fate of his children.