I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia: Personal Narrative

1149 words - 5 pages

The Phillies, Cheesesteaks, and Rocky ...OH MY!

From the soft sound of passing cars outside my window....the decadent and delicious peanut butter and chocolate covered Kandy Kakes....the sun beating down on me while I watch the fighting Phillies in Citizen Bank Park; there is no place I would rather be than in Philadelphia. The memories that I hold from my past have been the secret tools I used to make my writing unique. Writers tend to feed off of personal experiences to fuel their writing. That idea has been the cornerstone of my writing process so far this semester. My writing is inspired by what I know and my hometown of Philadelphia has been the linking factor throughout my work.
While Philadelphia did not stand as the focal point of my work, it did provide a nugget of uniqueness to my papers. This little linking piece of my past that I wove into the words of my papers enabled me to connect to the reader as well as make my writing connect back to my past. The following is an example of how I incorporated Philadelphia when relating my own cultural past with the cultural past in the poem “Coca-Cola and Coco Frio” written by Martin Espada: “While Tastykakes is a regional treat that can be found in every Pennsylvania grocery store and gas station, the Coca-Cola logo stands as a world wide symbol recognized in Egypt, France, and almost in every country.” This example illustrates hows incorporating my own past helped connect and improve my writing. I found that writing this semester has come easier to me when I write about what is familiar. This process enabled my writing to contain more depth and connectivity between different subjects.
While I tried to incorporate my hometown into my writing, I also learned that Philadelphia shaped me into the person that I am today. The first paper assigned for the semester required the class to think about what encompasses an individual’s identity. The following is an example of how I realized that my hometown has become a major building block in my identity:
When I would go out to parties and meet new people I would always be remembered as, “That girl from Philly,” or “The Phillies fan.” The more I thought about just being “The girl from Philly,” the more I realized that my home town of Philadelphia was a base in the building blocks of my identity. The place I had called home for the past ten years and the place I was born, was truly part of my identity.
The previous example demonstrates how the writing process has enabled me to discover and realize more about myself. Through writing, I was able to see how much my hometown defines me as well as means to me. Without realizing this pivotal idea my writing would have lacked the quality of uniqueness that I worked so hard to capture.
This little nugget of Philadelphia also helped me in difficult writing situations such as conclusions. I have always struggled in my writing to procure the perfect conclusion that would leave readers satisfied...

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