The Summer I Matured... Kind Of

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

Falling asleep in class is never a good idea, especially when the teacher is your 86-year-old grandfather and the classroom is his bedroom. How did I get roped into giving up my limited, beautiful summer days for a fluorescent monitor and fourteen dictionaries? Instead of lemonade, I get hearing aids. I sit in front of a blinking cursor, the lyrics to “It’s The Hard-Knock Life” running through my head.

I’m helping my grandfather realize his dream: to author a dictionary illustrating the travel of Sanskrit cognates through Indo-European languages. For three to four hours a day I type tables of words into a computer that doesn’t even have internet, expectantly awaiting my half-hour break for lunch and a cat nap. A creature of spontaneity, this tedious schedule is my own personal purgatory.

Insert table, type, page break, repeat.

While I attempt to maintain my social life through my phone, Ba launches into another lengthy explanation about the derivation of a Sanskrit cognate. I muse silently, “You know, ‘phard’ sounds a lot like ‘fart’.”

His lecture tapers off and I’m left to contemplate. I think about my grandfather: how he left India and his dreams in order to please his father, himself a Sanskrit scholar. I think about how I...

Join Now to View Premium Content

GradeSaver provides access to 2090 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 10953 literature essays, 2741 sample college application essays, 820 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.

Join Now

Already a member? Log in