Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Introduction- Ariel

Hey! I’m Ariel Broyles and I’m a freshman at OSU Marion. I was born and raised in Marysville, Ohio and I'm commuting to school from there. I love being outdoors and hanging out with family and friends. I am the youngest of 5; I have one brother and three sisters. I work at Chipotle and my favorite book is Ender’s Game. I’m interested to see what’s in store for this class!

“Such waltzing was hard, terribly hard, for with a boy’s scrawny arms I was trying to hold my tipsy father upright.” This quote describes the author’s struggle throughout his life with his father’s alcohol addiction. This essay had a very strong emotional message within it. It is a touchy subject for the author, because it was he who experienced such things mentioned in the essay. These things included witnessing verbal abuse to his mother from his father, seeing his father in a furious rage sometimes when he came home drunk, chugging down booze whenever he could, etc. I believe the author shared this personal story because he wanted to explain himself and what he went through. Also, maybe he wanted to reach out to people who are or have been in similar situations and let them understand that he knows what they are going through or have endured in their lifetime. The thing that struck me most interesting about this writing is that the author remembers so much and in great detail of what he endured. He specifically remembers about stories he learned in church, specifically the story about the possessed man and the hogs. That shows me that what he went through was so emotionally hard on him and he remembered it so well, it’s as if it was burned into his memory.


  1. I think you're right about Sander's wanting to reach out to other children of alcoholics. He kind of referenced them when he talked about people who would frown at drunk-jokes, because it would reminds them of their alcoholic parents. Also, I like how you point out that the emotional impact of his father was so strong that he remembered lots of little things, like the possessed man and the hogs, or the little excerpts of conversations.

  2. The author learned his owns limits from his dad drinking wise and seemed to try to keep history from repeat itself and was a good dad to his own children.