“Different strokes for different folks, they say now, and that’s cool. So if I say summer to you, you get one set of private, personal images that are all the way different from mine. That’s cool. But for me, summer is always going to mean running down the road to the Florida Market with change jingling in my pockets, the temperature in the gay nineties, my feet dressed in Keds. The word conjures an image of the GS&WM railroad tracks running into a perspective-point in the distance, burnished so white under the sun that when you closed your eyes you could still see them there in the dark, only blue instead of white.” (341)
“Summer,” as a child, the time one is free from school obligations, holds special memories and unique meanings for many people. Stephen King begins Chapter 12 of his novella The Body with the above explanation of the connotation the word “summer” has for him. You will now be responsible for describing a similarly familiar moment or experience and, in one typed page, explaining exactly its significance to you.
You may choose to describe the “set of private, personal images” you associate with summer or with another similarly significant time period. As you write, however, keep in mind that you will be expressing your individual perspectiveona universal experience. Make sure to brainstorm your ideas and prewrite before beginning work on your rough draft.
A final, edited and well-polished draft of your work will be due at turnitin.com on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.