Essay Experience Family

"American Childhood"by Anne Dillard is a good example of using chronological organization. In this story, Dillard tells a memory from her childhood one winter morning when she was 7 years old and got in trouble for throwing snowballs at cars, being chased down an ally by an adult.

Introduction: Dillard uses a frame story to explain the other characters, setting and scene. She explains that at 7, she was used to playing sports with boys and that taught her how to fling herself at something. She then finishes the introduction by telling the reader "I got in trouble throwing snowballs, and have seldom been happier since".

Body: In the body of the paper, Dillard tells the story chronologically, in the order that it happened:

  1. Waiting on the street with the boys in the snow.
  2. Watching the cars.
  3. Making iceballs.
  4. Throwing the iceball and having it hit the windshield of a car, breaking it.
  5. The car pulling over and stopping.
  6. A man getting out of the car and chasing them.
  7. The kids running for their lives.
  8. The man chasing her and Mikey around the neighborhood, block after block.
  9. The pounding and the straining of the chase.
  10. The man catching them when they could not get away.
  11. The man's frustration and "You stupid kids" speech.

Conclusion: Dillard returns to the idea that this was her supreme moment of happiness and says if the driver would have cut off their heads, she would have "died happy because nothing has required so much of me since as being chased all over Pittsburg in the middle of winter--running terrified, exhausted--by this sainted, skinny, furious redheaded man who wished to have a word with us." She ends the piece with an ironic comment "I don't know how he found his way back to his car."

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Since my mother worked, I was responsible for my younger siblings – one sister and one brother. This meant I had to be sure homework was done, dinner was served, chores were done and curfew was enforced. I took this responsibility on very young in life. Because of this, I was very mature for my age. So much so, that my mother nicknamed me “Old Lady”. The younger siblings dared not disrespect their elders and we truly believed that it took a village to raise a child. Our family, both immediate and extended, was that village. In my family, if you get in trouble with one person, you are in trouble with everyone. I remember an incident when my cousin Michelle was “mouthing off” at my grandmother. Not only did my grandmother “pop” her in the mouth, but when my two aunts found out about it she got popped again. Then when her mom found out, she got a whipping. Needless to say, she never mouthed off again. My uncle served as the self-appointed big brother and bodyguard. His nieces were untouchable! And if you dared to act inappropriately, we would have preferred to be put out of our misery than to sit through an hour lecture from him, which was a definite. According to Social Scientist, Bella DePaulo, “what uncles do can have a special meaning to the niece because they realize direct involvement is not required so an uncle who spends lots of time with nieces is expressing that they really are interested and concerned” (Beyond the Nuclear Family,

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