Leaving childhood traditions behind can be very hard for many people, Melinda was unable to go trick or treating and felt like she was leaving that tradition behind. Melinda was relived but also sad because she couldn’t go trick or treating. She’s in high school now and most people her age think that they’re too old for trick or treating. No matter how old people get they should still have traditions and keep making memories and have fun. I think that Melinda felt like if she went she would be judged and she was scared to go because of that. When people get into high school they really start to care what other people think about what they do or how they act. There is a lot of pressure on teens these days to be rich, popular, and “perfect.” In reality no one is perfect and we will all end up in the same place one day. If there wasn’t so much pressure and people didn’t care so much about what other people thought about them, I’m sure many more teens would still be trick or treating and being themselves. Melinda needs to stop caring so much about what others think or say because people can and will say whatever they want and it’s up to her to be the bigger person. Something Melinda should remember is that by not speaking up sometimes and not letting her anger out, she’s letting those people get the best of her. Those people that would care if she was trick or treating are below her. Melinda needs to learn to do things for her and to be herself.
2011 - 01.03