We wrapped up last week with meeting Eddie's third person in heaven as well as learning more about his relationship with his father.
It seems that Eddie hated his father for ruining his life. Even after his father's death, Eddie could never seem to let go of the anger he held towards his father; in fact, Eddie was so angry with his father after his death, that is seemed to still ruin Eddie's happiness.
One of the most important lessons we can learn in life is just how important it is to release anger and grant forgiveness. Remember, there is always more than one side to a story. In fact, Ruby tells Eddie: "Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. … hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.” (141) Here, Ruby is trying to teach Eddie that he must let go of the anger he harbors for his father. Ruby tells Eddie that no one is born with anger; then when we die the soul needs to free itself of it. This quote gives insight to one of the reasons why Eddie was so miserable on earth: he lived his life holding so much anger and hatred for his father that he, in turn, cast hatred upon himself and lived his life sad and frustrated.
Consider your own lives. Maybe it is time to grant forgiveness to that person in your lives. The only way to move on is to let go.
P.S. Keep an eye out for a possible vocab quiz this week! : - )
This week Eddie is going to encounter his 2nd and 3rd people in heaven. One of which was apart of Eddie's life when he fought in the Philippines. Eddie starts to wonder if he killed this individual like he accidentally caused the death of the Blue Man. He is haunted by the fear that his act of revenge during the war may have caused someone to die.
Why do people have a fear of dying? Is it the wondering of what happens to us after that makes us uneasy??
When we encounter death we go through a series of stages of grief. We'll take a look at them this week to better understand what Eddie is going through.
Have a great week!
P.S. Keep an eye out for Vocab Pop Quizzes!
We have arrived!
The last book of the school year!
We will be reading Mitch Albom's best seller, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. It is an inspiring novel that recounts the life and death of a maintenance man named Eddie. After dying while trying to prevent a fatal accident, Eddie finds himself in the afterlife where he encounters five people who significantly affected his life.
Open your hearts and minds...it is a great read!
Writing Week #2!
This week is a wrapping up of our personal narratives, and composing letters to Erin Gruwell, the teacher to the Freedom Writers.
After overhearing some of the comments made this week in class about "why we're writing so much", I started thinking.... "Why do we write?"
Here's what I came up with:
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