Common Application: Topic of Your Choice
Leaping over crooked crevices in the sidewalk, my childhood self hopped a few yards ahead of my grandfather. As I paused to scrutinize a colorful candy wrapper, the smell of melting sugar drifted from a small blue cart where an old woman flipped flat buns on a pan. Grandpa always bought two buns: one for him and one for me.
Not long before my fourteenth birthday, my grandfather was diagnosed with a severe case of Alzheimer’s, and shortly afterwards, he moved into a nursing home. Upon entering his room, I shouted “Hi Grandpa!”
Grandpa murmured, “Who are you?”
The next day, I bought two of the sweet buns Grandpa and I had enjoyed.
“Grandpa, do you want one of these?”
He paused, then said, “No. Who are you?”
Leaving the buns in the paper bag, I replied, “I’m Rachael, your granddaughter.”
Eyes widening, he gasped, “You have to get out of here; the communists are guarding this place!”
I explained, “No, the Korean War is over! You’re safe in America.” With a small sigh, I returned home for the day.
Now, after more than three years, Grandpa recognizes me when I step into his room. However, he cannot connect the round-faced child beside the bun cart to the person I am today. Once a memory slides past the grip of his mind, it can never...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 1405 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 10258 literature essays, 2604 sample college application essays, 497 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