The name’s (insert the forbidden last name here), Keeley (insert last name), and I had to make my English binder look like a modern day Picasso. I suppose since the instructions explicitly stated to write down the speech that had to be spoken in front of the class (sadly for me it was not spoken, but rather spewed out in a red-faced manner as my words didn’t quite flow from my being with grace, but like inconsistent waves crashing against a poor unfortunate soul lost at sea.) I should start off with the quote I chose.
‘If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
-Shel Silverstein Where the Sidewalk Ends
I selected this one above all of the meaningful and inspirational sayings that are stored in some deep dark cave in the recess of my mind; with a huge sign that says ‘There is always a light at the end of a tunnel’ at the lip of the entrance because this truly does mean something to me. It’s in one of the most indescribable things and the only way I can think to state why I picked it is simply: You have to be a writer to understand. The picture I selected as a positive reading experience was the book cover of Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott. Whenever I think of this book a wave of nostalgia cleanses my mind with pleasant feelings because this was the first story my mother had ever read to me where I truly felt for the characters, got angry at them, it was the first story that brought me to tears when a character died, it really is a great memory for me. For a photo to show who I am as a person, I picked what I believe is the poster-girl for the women protests of the nineteen sixties. It is of a woman looking at you with challenging eyes pulling back the jeaned-shirt sleeve she wears to show off her muscles with a speech bubble right above her that says ‘We Can Do It!’ It shows to me, female independence which is something I often vocally speak about. The third picture is of something I enjoy, so I picked a picture of the name of my favorite band ‘Mumford & Sons’ (I literally have nothing bad to say about them), and for the last photo I decided to print out a snapshot of my absolute favorite animal in the world: the hawks-beak sea turtle. Anybody who knows me in the slightest has a basic knowledge of my deep love of turtles. Though I overachieved in this project and taped over ten pictures on my binder, this is the a better said version of my ‘A Visual Representation of Me’ speech.