Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow Moving from summer to fall is a transition that only a handful of people relish. Between the colder sharper weather, the continuous darkening of the sky, and the shorter days and longer nights, who can blame us? These are not the only things that I think of when the onslaught of fall is upon us, however. Gary Soto reminds me of the wish for a better, more sophisticated existence, when I read “Looking for Work. The reading reminds me that the joys of summer that are long coming to an end are brought not by experiencing summer throughout the whole year, but working hard to earn that privilege. In the reading “Looking for Work,” the author introduces us to the mind of a nine-year-old boy who also longs for the sophistication of an ideal home life. In the reading the boy sees families on television dressing up for dinner and living a graceful and wealthy lifestyle.
He longs for that same sense of wealth and class. His simple solution is to go door to door and ask for work. He works hard and makes only a few cents, but is able to go to the pool with his friend and sister at the end of the day. This scenario reminds me of my own life in the approaching months. Summer is a time of year for myself that reflects the wealth and sophistication that the boy longs for. As I see it slipping away into the fall season, I also see it far off in the distance.
That being said, this inevitable seasonal transition evokes a few different reactions in me, the majority of them being centered around a sense of loss. Not only does this change bring on a loss of sunshine and days spent at the beach. With it also comes a loss of free-time and general peace of mind. All hope is not lost though with the departure of summer. Although we advance from the time of lasting sunshine and the “good ole’ days,” and enter into a colder busier season, it brings us that much closer to the next summer.
And that thought makes me realize that in order to enjoy my summer next year it’s vital that I embrace the requirement to work hard this fall, winter, and spring. This is a mindset that I found in the boy in the reading by Soto. His solution to find that class was quite simple: “I decided to become wealthy, and right away!… I took a rake from the garage and started up the block to look for work” (Soto 26). Looking at the boy’s determination and simple “work hard to play hard” mindset, I see the enefits and things that make the transition between fall and summer much more tolerable. However true this may be, I find that I am still apt to see this transition as less of a positive change. Along with the arrival of fall, comes the arrival of the school year. As necessary and vital as it is, it is quite far from a pleasurable experience. This is not simply because it is time for school and I dislike school. My schedule for school combined with my very demanding work schedule creates a significant amount of stress and deprivation of sleep and free time.
Time that I would spend with friends, doing the things I enjoy most is now devoted to juggling and maintaining success in school and my job. The anticipation of this busy schedule influences me to be much less excited about the change between summer and fall than usual. Put bluntly, the transition between summer and fall is something that I do not look forward to with a feeling of joy. The change in weather and the length of the days brings a dreary note to the day as well as leeches me of my energy.
This is a problem when my schedule takes off and goes from juggling just work, which is already stressful, to juggling work school and homework. Looking forward to the rewards that next summer will bring due to the hard work and putting up with this fall, winter, and spring, gives me a glimmer of hope and increasing motivation to simply “Git Er Done,” as my wise friend Larry would say. Works Cited Soto, Gary. “Looking for Work. ” Rereading America. Ed. Gary Columbo, Robert Cullen, Bonnie Lisle. Bedford/St. Martins, 2010. 26-31. Print.

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