Hello classmates! My name is Natalie Milliron and I graduated last spring from Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, Ohio. I enjoy working out and being healthy and am playing lacrosse for the girls club lacrosse team at Ohio State. I love country music and my favorite artist is Keith Urban. I enjoy writing more than I do reading. The last good book I read was True Colors by Kristen Hannah. I have a dog named Gus who is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. He is the cutest. I am the oldest child of three and the first one to go to college. I love the Buckeyes!
"Let's drink to retirement!" they crowed. "Let's drink to freedom! to fishing! hunting! loafing! Let's drink to a guy who's going home!" (201). I enjoyed this reported dialogue because I feel like I can relate to it. Graduating high school everyone thought it was important to drink to this and that. It seemed as though all summer my friends were using drinking to celebrate going to college or the last summer we were together. I believe Scott Russell Sanders chose to share this personal story because it was a way for him to share his feelings with others. Although I am sure it wasn't easy for him, he knew others could relate with his experience in many ways. What struck me most about this writing was that his father did not stop drinking even after the doctors told him one last time would kill him. His father also refused to get help even once. I would think that after being on your death bed you would do anything to get better! Although I guess that is why Sanders refers to it as a disease and not a disappointment. I really enjoyed this narrative and felt like many, if not all, of us can connect with it.