S: MY LIFE IN SHORT
BC: The End | My Life In Short A Mixbook
FC: My brother and me on the balcony of our apartment in Paris | MY LIFE IN SHORT | My favorite sport, tennis. | Paxton Fitzpatrick
1: I would like to dedicate this to all the characters who have made my life interesting. | My family in front of Luxembourg Palace in France | My Grandma, who I nicknamed "Goo-Goo" when I was little.
2: TABLE OF CONTENTS | SETTING........................................................4-5 ROUND/DYNAMIC CHARACTER................6-7 IRONY............................................................8-9 FLAT/STATIC CHARACTER......................10-11 MOOD........................................................12-13 FORESHADOWING..................................14-15
3: My brother and I in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in France | Me at my aunt and uncle's house in Massachusetts.
4: SETTING | Setting has been a large aspect of my life because I have moved so many times. I was born in Mendham, New Jersey. From there, when I was four, we moved to Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. We lived here for four years, and while we were there, my brother was born. When I was six, and he was three months, we moved to Orono, Minnesota. We didn't like it there very much, so after only two years, we moved to Pittsburgh, PA. We lived in two different houses while there, although I stayed in the same school system. After another two years, We moved here, to Camp Hill. My family has lived in two houses here, and we hope to never move again. All of these settings have had their own unique aspects and have had an impact on my life
5: Our current house in Camp Hill | Our house in Pittsburgh | Our house in Minnesota | Outside our house in Wisconsin
6: ROUND/DYNAMIC CHARACTER | A very dynamic character in my life has been my brother Declan. He is nine years old and one of the most interesting people I will ever meet. One of the great things about Declan is that he is a funny person, but never intends to be amusing and usually doesn't understand why people are laughing. One of the greatest "Declan Moments" was when he was very young and still not very versatile in his preferences, and liked to stick to the three major food groups (pizza, peanut butter, and mac 'n' cheese). We were having meatloaf for dinner and he was required to stay at the table until he tried at least a piece. After much kicking and screaming, he tried it. With an incredibly analytical face, he said, "Well... I like it...," and after a pause shouted 'But not too much!" In fear that we would make him eat more. He is a round character because as he is growing up, he is becoming more of his own person, as opposed to parroting the thoughts and opinions of those around him. Declan is a great dynamic character and fun person.
7: Declan, now nine years old, displaying his 22-inch bass caught on the Chesapeake. | Three-year old Declan... just being Declan | He is less than a year old in this picture | Six-year old Declan in Pittsburgh | Some things about Declan NEVER change. | Me holding a new-born Declan | Declan and me in Wisconsin
8: Irony | Squirmy- The Immortal Fish | An example of an irony revolves around my brother's fish, Squirmy. In first grade, Declan's class had a couple class guppies. At the end of the year, we were... lucky... enough to be one of the families to bring home a fish. My mom wasn't so enthusiastic at first, but after pleading from my brother and assurance from the teacher that the fish wouldn't live more that a week- since it was basically a bait fish- we decided to keep the guppy. We were also assured that this wouldn't be a long-term deal because this wasn't our first fish. We had twice before owned some expensive fish, put them in some high-tech fish tank, and fed them organic food, just for them to not last long at all. This fish, we put in a flower pot, and fed the cheapest food we could find, every other day. We have enjoyed Squirmy's presence for almost two years now.
9: The Immortal Fish, Squirmy.
10: FLAT/STATIC CHARACTER | A flat character, but one of my favorite people in my life is Gary Gouse, my tennis coach. Even though I know him well and like him, to me, he will always be my tennis coach and keep the same basic qualities. Gary is super helpful. He'll always try to make things work out for you. He has that amazing ability to be fun, but still teach you and do it affectively. He can joke around, but still he is hard-working enough to run his own business. Gary is a flat character that has consistent good qualities.
11: A picture of him taken by his daughter, Chloe, who is also a friend of mine
12: MOOD | At the time of my dad's fortieth birthday, I was only three so I don't remember much, but I definitely remember the mood. My mom, our extended family, and all our friends were scrambling frantically and nervously around our house making last-minute preparations before my dad got home from work. We wanted to surprise him. When he finally got home and we jumped out from behind the furniture, the mood immediately went from nervousness to his astonishment to everybody's happiness. There were a lot of strong emotions and moods on his birthday.
13: My dad's special cake and a picture of him opening presents.
14: FORESHADOWING | When I lived in Wisconsin, my best friend's name was Elanor. We spent so much time together, it is one of the few things I remember from when I was that young. I especially remember her mom's car (don't ask me why.) She drove a Honda CR-V. I, being a three-year old, wasn't too good with pronunciation, so it, like many other things became something that sounded like the name but wasn't quite correct. In this case, "The Panda." I think I spent so much time around "The Panda" that it subconsciously foreshadowed my favorite animal to this day being a panda.
15: Somewhat similar... Right? | Elanor and I putting on a show