Living Adventurously

Summer is coming!
What kind of adventure is ahead?

Ann, an eighth grade student,
read Word to Caesar by Geoffrey Trease. 
After reading about the main character’s adventures in chapter 8,
she wrote her own paragraph….

           I love watching people. I like sneaking around the perimeters of buildings, spying on ever action, listening and memorizing ever conversation. I like appetizing on their fear: young citizens cautiously walking faster in the dark evening light and craning their necks to ensure personal safety; teenage girls pretending to receive phone calls so that it looks as if they’re preoccupied, then jumping in surprise and alarm when their phones actually ring- their alibi; and teenage boys lacking so much common sense and not realizing that it may be dangerous to be out alone in the dark because they could be being watched… And, of course, even though this interests me and fills me with amusement, I also like to nibble on something more peculiar: little kids who do not understands the well-warned phrase, “stay on the sidewalk”; young lovers displaying public affection; decrepit drunks who assume they are going home, yet in reality are hobbling into another bar; sly thieves snatching the purses of old ladies or pick-pocketing the general public. And only rarely do I spot people like me: the ones who find enjoyment in the art of secretly watching others. (Paragraph Ref.: p.95-96)

Word to Caesar

After finishing the novel, she shared her thoughts about adventure….

           History is the story of adventures: travels and travails. Paul, in Word to Caesar, has many adventures where he faces trouble; however, after overcoming the travails, he continues to enjoy himself throughout his adventure. In my opinion, I believe Paul prefers adventures of reality opposed to adventures of the mind. Paul decides to take the “’…Word to Caesar-…’” a letter from Severus to the emperor, Hadrian, consulting him on the absurd charges which were pressed against him from Bath, England to Rome (81-88). Paul decides to escape from Calvus by using his diamond ring from Severus to cut “… through the cold rigid surface of the glass…’” window to create an opening he could climb and escape through (119-122). AND, Paul also decides to take Tonia, Severus’s daughter, to Rome in order to escape from “’… the Killer and Mucius, and some more of Calvus’s gang…’” and “to find [the] wine-shop where Theodore [, her former slave, lives]…’” in order to find out the entire tale behind her father’s exile (189-207). I am led to believe Paul prefers real adventures.

           Severus, Paul’s friend, prefers adventures of the mind. He is a poet and much like a poet, he prefers adventures of the mind opposed to the adventures of reality (147). Instead of taking a more adventurous yet exposed and unpromising road, Severus decides to lead them, Paul and himself, along a safer, more civilized highway, where they enjoy the pleasant scenes of farms, estates, and orchards, as well as people who are working and relaxing (47-48). Even though he willingly jumps ashore to rescue Paul when the captain of the vessel he is on refuses to wait for him due to the nearby barbarians; he is reassured by the fact that the captain will not dare to leave him behind (29). Severus is also “…homesick for Italy, for the little farm on the Sabine Hills, for his own wife and daughter…” (87). Even this is evidence that Severus prefers the adventures of the mind. This quote implies that Severus is the type of person who is quiet; for farms seem peaceful and tranquil, and the fact that he only misses his family and home indicates that he did not leave home very much, nor did he meet his friends very often, concluding the fact: he is independent. Severus, a poet, surely prefers adventures of the mind opposed to adventures of reality..

           I, myself, enjoy adventures of the mind. In my opinion, adventures of the mind seem a lot safer than the adventures of reality. I am not risking my life or putting anything on the line by visualizing and reading about the adventures of others who risked their lives. I usually prefer to know what is going to happen to me beforehand so that I can prepare myself to endure whatever is ahead of me and heading my way And if I am on an adventure, I can’t predict what happens next – that’s why it’s an adventure! When I can’t predict what is around the corner, it can – at times – can make me anxious, nervous, or scared. Adventures of the mind will not cost me anything – they are completely free of charge! Anyone who is tight on money can enjoy this type of adventure, too. Another benefit of an adventure of the mind is the fact that it can be enjoyed in the comfort of home or any other enjoyable surrounding. I enjoy adventures of the mind because they don’t cost any money; they are free of charge. They can be enjoyed in comfortable surroundings and they come with ease.

           On the other hand, I also enjoy adventures of reality. Although it is safer and more reassuring to personally enjoy adventures of the mind, sometimes, enjoying adventures of reality is a great way to create memories and bond with others. When you enjoy adventures of the mind, you cannot always share the same memories about it with others; they might have had different opinions compared to yours. However, when you are enjoying the adventures of reality with companions, even your travails become a part of your memories of the times you had. You can always recall your first-hand experiences when you tell the story of your adventures. You don’t have to read or hear about it from someone else. Adventures of reality are great ways to bond with your companions. Even though you may have a disagreement, the experiences and memories shared together will emotionally tie you and your companions closer to each other. I enjoy adventures of reality because they give stories and memories to share, more first-hand experiences, and they tie me closer to other people.

What kind of adventure will you have this summer?

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