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The key clicks out of the lock as I wave goodbye to my father. It’s a crisp, clear January morning, the sky still dark and the temperature still low. I turn away from the gate and my house as I start my walk towards La Cueva.

Walking towards school through the lot, I try to keep warm in the chilly morning.

This scene may be ordinary to most people, but to me this is an opportunity of highest magnitude. This first year of high school marks a new era of freedom for me: the ability to walk to and from school. And as a bonus, both done without adults.

I’m well aware that’s not the norm with most other students. I’ve seen many children, whether alone or in small groups, walking towards the halls of education. They’re  left to their own devices and the weather of the day. For many years, this was my pastime, to observe this sacred event, a look but don’t touch kind of thing.

Sitting in a car, my mother, father or both at the front, I remember looking upon my peers and thinking ‘There’s something that I want to do. The Rite of Passage.’ And now, walking through a dirt lot in 20 degree temperatures, I’m more than certain I’ve completed this rite.

Everyone I knew told me that the joy of walking alone would wear off quickly. That the silence would bother you, and when the weather turned cold, you would wish for the car again. But that hasn’t happened.

Personally, I like the silence of a single person and nature. Where the only things I can hear are the gusts of wind and my own breath. The joy of being alone, with no human staring, when it’s me and me only, is the bursting of a lock on my soul.

Dirt coats my shoes, thorns and tumbleweeds reach for my coat, and the air around my mouth turns white from the combination of warm and cold air, but I can’t stop smiling.


Review of Edward Scissorhands

Nick Killman | English 9

Movie poster featuring Johnny Depp as Edward and Winona Rider as Kim. Image located at GooglePlay.

I am reviewing the classic movie Edward Scissorhands. This movie was filmed and produced in the 1990’s. The director is Tim Burton, screenwriter is Caroline Thompson and some of the main actors include Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. The movie is about a machine that has almost all the traits of a human except one thing, he has razor sharp scissors for hands. These scissors are not removable so it is something he has to live with. Edward lives in a castle until a friendly Avon lady discovers him and brings him to her very bland neighborhood. Needless to say his stay starts off very well and is accepted until certain events makes the neighborhood believe he is evil and the whole neighborhood turns against him.

In the beginning all the neighbors enjoy Edward because he is different. He entertains the neighborhood by doing things like cutting their bushes into crazy things, giving their dogs haircuts and even cutting the neighbor’s hair into very different hairstyles. Before he gets there the whole neighborhood is boring, but while he’s there he turns the neighborhood into a very divergent crowd. When Edward meets Kim and her friends, that is when things start going bad for Edward. He gets blamed for things he didn’t do and is falsely accused of many bad things.

While watching this movie I saw many signs and hints to greater ideas than just a Gothic robot with hands. The lighting, camera views, and colors used in the movie help to support the idea that Edward has many Gothic details, but inside he just wants to be nice and loved. This movie also shows how the teen crowd are such judgmental people and are rude to people that are different, which is exactly what is shown in this movie.

The colors used in this movie are symbolic of that character’s mood and heart, such as Edward always wearing black which symbolizes sadness, Peg always wears pink which symbolizes good heart and kindness. The evil Peg always wears red, which symbolized judgement and rudeness. Things like this really change how I look at the movie because it gives the movie a completely different vibe. Another sign is when Kim and Edward first gaze upon each other, Kim sees Edward in a reflection of a mirror, which I think symbolizes that Edward isn’t real in the sense of being human.

Overall I believe this movie is very well written and played with many hidden details that you have to find yourself. When you find these details it changes your whole perspective of the movie in a very good and mysterious way. I would recommend this movie to anyone and any age. It has so many lessons and is also just a really good fairy tale/Gothic story.

What it’s really like to get your wisdom teeth removed

Isabella Barton | Editor

Two Days Before: Nerves start.

Day Before: Nerves really kick in.  No food or water if you’re going to be under anesthesia.
Day of Operation:

7:00 AM: Wake up and get ready.

7:30 AM: On your way to the oral surgery office.

7:45 AM: Name is called and they do one more X-Ray.

7:50 AM: They explain to you and your family everything that’s going to happen.

8:00 AM: They put the IV in your arm.

8:01 AM: They start putting different shots into the IV.

8:02 AM: The room gets foggy and you start to feel sleepy.

9:30 AM: You open your eyes, not sure what happened.  It feels as if no time has passed at all.

Cotton is filled in your mouth to control the bleeding and your lips are very chapped.

9:35 AM: The doctor comes in and tells you how the operation went and asks if you’re in pain.

9:40 AM: You feel very out of it, but nothing hurts.

9:45 AM: You are rolled to your car in a wheel chair so you can go home.

10:00 You’re home and still feeling out of it.  Odds are your loved one took a video or two of you.

10:10 AM: You feel like you could eat, yet you can’t chew, so you drink something soft like a smoothie from Keva Juice.

10:30 AM: You lay down and fall asleep.

1:00 PM: You wake up eat something else and take a pain killer and then go back to bed.

4:00 PM: The same process has continued since 1:00, and will for the rest of the day.

Post Op Day one: Your face is starting to get very swollen and you feel drained. You can’t really open your mouth, but the painkillers keep you out of pain.

Post Op Day Two: Your face is huge and there’s a little bit of bruising, but you mange and the painkillers help.

Post Op Day Three and Four: You feel better, but your face is swollen and you can’t really chew, just yet.

Post Op day five: The swelling starts going down and you can eat softer food.

The next days you will just increasingly feel better and your mouth will hurt less and less. It’s important to follow the instructions given by the doctor, but nothing’s to be afraid of or worried about.