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The Roots

Editor’s Note: This post is a personal essay written for Colette Weber’s  sophomore English class. From the assignment: “Philip Lopate in The Art of the Personal Essay sees the hallmark of the personal essay as its intimacy.  He says, ‘The writer seems to be speaking directly into you ear, confiding everything from gossip to wisdom.  Through sharing thoughts, memories, desires, complaints, and whimsies, the personal essayist sets up a relationship with the reader, a dialogue—a friendship, if you will, based on identification, understanding, testiness, and companionship.’”

by Sydney Johnson ’17

On a rainy January day, I took a walk. I found myself wandering to the remains of what we used to call “the George School tree,” but now we call “the stump.” The limbs of the ancient mammoth had embraced the school for years. But when sickness struck our school’s organic mother, she had to be chopped. All that remains is an obtrusive stump: a constant reminder of the friend that we killed. The spirit of the tree has not risen to the Heavens. It still lingers ghostly around its roots, which could never be removed. Continue reading

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