Currently: Graduating, Turning 19, & Toni Morrison

May 9, 2021


Approaching Graduation


In just under four weeks, I will be standing atop a graduation platform, walking down stone steps to accept the diploma that will mark the end of my high school career. Despite the restrictions created by the pandemic, my class of one-hundred and thirty or so students will be graduating from the same stage that decades of seniors before us have. And though I am happy to continue the tradition of completing my high school journey on the same graduation platform, unfortunately due to its rather small size, my school has restricted the number of attending guests to four people per student. I am, of course, disappointed that not all of my family members and friends will be able to attend, however I am very grateful to at least have an in-person ceremony to conclude my year.


19


Around two weeks before graduating, I will be turning nineteen years old. To celebrate, my mom and I will be traveling to New York City for a couple of days. By this weekend, we will both be fully vaccinated, and though we will of course exert caution and adhere to the same safety guidelines as we would before receiving our vaccinations, I so look forward to the sense of relief and security that will accompany our full vaccination. Though my mom has kept some of our city excursions as a surprise, I do know that we will be visiting a botanical garden exhibit entitled Kusama: Cosmic Nature at the Bronx Zoo and staying at a hotel in Lower Manhattan. I cannot wait to experience the vibrant energy of New York City that I have missed so much during the pandemic.


Recent Read: The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison


As a part of a group at my school called The Fifteen—a band of fifteen members of literature lovers in the senior class—I recently read The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison. Morrison is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is beyond beautiful; it is enriching, incredibly imaginative, and lyrical. I absolutely loved her novels Beloved and Song of Solomon, and The Bluest Eye was no exception. I hope to read her other novels in the near future, too, such as Sula and Tar Baby. Below I have copied a description of The Bluest Eye from Goodreads.


The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author's girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves' garden to not bloom. Pecola's life does change—in painful, devastating ways. What its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child's yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Toni Morrison's most powerful, unforgettable novels—and a significant work of American fiction.

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