Carnegie Mellon University
What really is history?
Reading this prompt made me share a wry smile with myself. It reminded me of a moment from twelve years ago whenmy childhood simplicity helped to changemy perspective on life in an enduring manner. My parents were having a conversation in the car and I, for the first time, recognized the word “history”. I had read a few books by then and had grasped the conceptof a "story" already. But what was this “history” that they kept mentioning? With all the brusque rudeness of a curious four year old, I asked “Whose story, mom?” My mother was noticeably irritated with my unwarranted interruption but was taken aback by my unusual question. “What story?” she replied. Now I was the one who started getting irritated with my mother’s apparent lack of attention to the conversation. “You just said his story. So whose is it?” Nowshe understood what I had meant and burst into laughter. She then gave me a thorough, or as thorough as can be for a four year old child’s understanding, explanation of history and what it meant.
Obviously I paid little attention to that moment back then as many other thingscaught my wavering attention. However, the repercussions of that observation stayed with me throughout my childhood. As I grew older, fiction alone...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 1039 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 8016 literature essays, 2248 sample college application essays, 348 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.
Already a member? Log in