Person Who Influenced Your Life Essay
“—ington, party of thirty, your tables are ready,” announced the hostess.
After being seated at three large white round tables with folding white chairs, the real Clam Bake began. We attacked the buffet tables, buttered our lobsters, and still had room for dessert. While devouring New England’s hearty fare, “remember when…” stories started flying across the tables, laughs were spreading like the common cold, and obsolete dance moves were being dusted off by the older generations on the slippery floor. Fourteen little rug rats rushed up to me to be the first one to ask me to dance. Unabashedly, all of the sixteen grandchildren shimmied and sang until the music died with the last song, “American Pie.” I secretly love this crazy and embarrassing family. All the while, my cute little grandma was sitting quietly, watching her six sons and one daughter continue the tradition of love that she instilled in our family, while wearing what Van Morrison calls a “saint-like smile” on her face.
Grandma is the matriarch of the Harrington Family. Coming from a large brood herself, the only girl of six children, she understands the responsibilities that having a family entails. Her ingredients—determination, devotion, and optimism created a formula for an indestructible bond. Confidently striding in her size six shoes from the Atlantic Rayon Corporation to the Industrial National Bank, she worked two jobs to support her family. Every morning, she awoke early in her small home in Cranston, Rhode Island, to prepare seven brown paper-bag lunches for her children. Many people within the community can still remember the image of my grandma rushing to catch one of her son’s games in her work attire. Although Grandma could not supply her children with material things, she was able to provide them with positive attitudes, fearlessness, and love. These values can only be felt through life’s experiences. The peewee games became Ivy League baseball, hockey, and football games, and Grandma cheered on the sidelines as all of her children attended college, the first generation of Harrington’s to do so.
I admire the characteristics that Grandma has imprinted upon the Harrington name. The dedication that she selflessly showed this family also resides in me. I am always supportive and excited for my family’s and friends’ success. I have developed a work ethic that has enabled me to flourish throughout the years. My initial struggles have now become my strengths. I am always willing to work hard to achieve my goals; effort is never one of my regrets. And, I am able to accomplish my dreams because my positive attitude mirrors that of my grandma’s.
Now, Grandma glanced at her family dancing, eating, and laughing together. She sat perched in the folding white chair, clapping her calloused hands to the rhythm of the music. Her face reflected her disbelief at her childrens’ and grandchildrens’ success. She was not impressed by the superficiality of the beautiful golf course, but that her values had successfully passed from one generation to the next. We all, like Grandma, took pleasure in being together.
As the redolent summer night neared an end, my grandma’s voice surfaced in my head. I wanted to thank her, but the thanks would have to come in the form of deeds, not words. It was not the words that my grandma has said, but rather the words that she did not say that has impacted me most. I hope to deliver my own gratitude for her, as well as for others in the same manner. For every visible leaf and branch, there is a root, a foundation. I will not forget where I come from. I want to embrace the fearless determination and love that my grandma sought to define the Harrington Family.
Harrington, Shannon. "Describe a Person who has Influenced Your Life - "Grandma"" StudyNotes.org. Study Notes, LLC., 20 Oct. 2013. Web. 10 Mar. 2018. <https://www.apstudynotes.org/stanford/clam-bake/>.
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A Person That Has Influenced My Life
The person that has influenced my life is my dad because he is the one that get to know me best and is also the one that I see the most and have known for a long time. He always stands by my side, and whenever I fall down, he encourages me to stand up by myself and on my own feet. My family is not a wealthy family. Therefore, my dad tries to save single penny he earns from work to buy anything that I need, and he always encourages me go to school because he knows that the value of education will determine the future of the person. As a result, I admire him as a great person and have thought that my dad is really superman. My dad has a huge impact on the way I become a person today. He has influenced my life by teaching me the lessons and showing me the right behaviors and wrong behaviors.
My dad taught me the most important lesson: how to be a man. I still remembered the day that my father sat next to me and said that "Hey son, the most important think to help you become the successful person and the helpful person is your honesty. Never lie to anyone and never lie to yourself". After saying that, he slowly explained the value of honesty. He showed me that every bad situation in the world began with a lie. When a person steals something, he lies to the law, or when a husband cheats on his wife, he lies to his wife. My father often tells me that being a man means facing the truth. I always think back on those words when I get into trouble.
My dad's teachings were a cure for my selfishness. He taught me to consider everyone as a part of my family and taught me how love people by sharing and giving. I believe that the biggest fantasy in live is to buy someone something he really needs and watch his facial expression. When I was a kid, my dad and I used to go to Chuck E. Cheese to play games. He always bought me some food after leaving that place. One day, on the way home, we saw a homeless man who said that he had not eaten anything for three days, and asked me for the food that my father bought for me. I immediately refused to give him the good that I had and kept going with my dad. Unexpectedly, my dad held my hand and stopped walking. He asked me why I did not give the food to the homeless man. Of course, I answered that I was so hungry after playing the games, but I saw that my dad did not feel good when he heard this answer. He looked straight to my eyes and said if I gave my food to homeless man, I still had the food at home. The homeless man had not eaten for days, and he was so hungry. After hearing the explanation from my dad, he gave me the chance to decide if I would give my food to the homeless man. I gave the food to the homeless man reluctantly. The homeless man expressed thanks to me. However, when I saw him receiving the food, I did not why that I have feeling that I pleasure in doing this and realized that I had done something good for society. When we got home, my dad told me that he was happy when I give the food to that homeless person. Furthermore, sometimes I took money from my own savings and buy McDonalds food for a less fortunate person and watched him enjoying his meal from a place where he could not see me. I could see more the impact of his teaching during the camp when we ran out of resources, and I shared my personal food with all my campmates. After listening the teaching of my dad, I realized that receiving is good, but giving is better.
From my place I am thankful for everything he taught me. He taught me things that I need or was going to in life. I am what I am because of him and whatever I will achieve in my life will be credited to him. I believe that my dad will always be with me even after his soul leaves his body; he will be there through his teachings that I believe are my duty to pass on to my children. He will be there through me; when the people see my remarkable success one day, they will know the value of his teachings. He taught me everything about life; hope, faith, and the long journey ahead. To me he is the greatest hero.
You know your essay is too long...So I just checked a paragraph.
My dad taught me the most important lesson: how to be a man. I still remembered the day that my father sat next to me and said "Hey son, the most important (I think you need a none here, like idea or thought) to help you become (a successful person ) successful person and the helpful person is your honesty. Never lie to anyone and never lie to yourself". After saying that, he (I think "patiently"would be better) explained the value of honesty. He showed me that every bad situation in the world began with a lie.(what ?) When a person steals something, he lies to the law, or when a husband cheats on his wife, he lies to his wife. My father often tells me that being a man means facing the truth. I always think back on those words when I get into trouble.
May be you can give some examples of bad results when people lie...
Name that food. What was it? Instead of calling it food, tell us what it is so we can have a picture in our minds.
My dad taught me the most important lesson: how to be an honest man. ------ I like this way better, because it focuses on honesty rather than "man." I don't like it when people use "man" to mean something like honorable or strong, because what does that make women? If I hear someone say, "Be a man!" It makes me think of patriarchy. Nobody ever says, "Be a human!"
Anyway, nevermind that.
This is a terrific essay. I like the ending, especially that last sentence. So... you wrote about honesty, selflessness, and a few other qualities. But is there a main idea for this whole essay? Something more specific than, "My dad is my hero." How about a specific insight? This is already great, but think about a sentence that would contain the concentrated power of the whole essay. Keep this idea in mind all day, and tonight you will know a sentence that contains the essence of the whole essay. Every essays should include at least one sentence like that.
This is very good!!