The House on Cromer Dr.

By: Zac Zeigler

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I have an average sized family that lives with me in the house on Cromer Dr. It's me, my sister Olivia, mom, dad, and our dog, Shadow. My sister and I are very different from each other. She is two years younger than me and she is a lot more social and talkative where as I am quieter and don't talk to people much unless I know them well. She is naturally more athletic, whereas I am naturally more artistic. The list of differences goes on and on of how different we are from each other, but we connect despite our differences. My dog Shadow was given to my family by a friend 5 years ago. Before I had a dog I had always heard the term, 'man's best friend', but I had never fully understood what it meant until I got him. My dog and I hold a bond that I can't really explain, all I know is that when he is gone I won't feel the same for awhile. Overall, my family connects together perfectly we are able to work as a unit to do things like maintaining the house on Cromer Dr., lifting eachother up when someone in the family is feeling down, and even providing advice when someone needs it. If I didn't have my family, I don't think I would be able to function in any way I can now.


Basketball is not just one of my hobbies, but it is a huge part of my life. Constantly wanting to become a better player, knowing that there is always going to be someone out there that is better is exhilarating. I am able to relieve myself of stress through basketball, watching the ball go through the net, feeling free of all worries and cares. Basketball is even better when you are able to play with some of your good friends. Playing against them, always wanting to beat them, to know in your mind that you are more skilled than them. And when you lose, always wanting to keep practicing and become better so that the next time you play you will have success. I wish I would have spent more time on becoming better at basketball when I was younger. I hope I can continue to grow as a player throughout my life.

A House of My Own

Although The House on Cromer Dr. is where I will make my memories through my next 5 or 6 years, I hope to have a house of my own when I grow old enough. Not too big, but not too small. Just right for me. I want a house in a nice neighborhood, with nice neighbors, where I can make friendships. This house,this house will be my house. My house will be where I raise my family. Where I can establish the rules that I have learned from my own family. My house will write my stories, my house will be where I make my memories in the next chapter of my life.


The vignettes I wrote addressed 3 things in my life that in some way shape my identity, these topics were; family, basketball, and a house I would like to have when I get old enough. My family influences me by showing me how to act and the right and wrong ways to raise a family of my own. My family helped shaped my identity as soon as I was born. At an early age I was lucky enough to have parents who read to me, feeding my brain and having a part in shaping who I am today. Basketball has only recently shaped my identity. Basketball has taught me how to put everything on the line for a team, and to not stop until you are done. It has made me work harder than I ever have before. I can use skills I have learned from basketball in everyday tasks. The description of the house I want, “not too big, not too small” shows that I am an average guy.

Some of the issues that Esmeralda experienced in the book, I have experienced in my own life. She had to go through the pain of moving, I have had to move, leave my friends and go through the sadness that comes with it. Throughout the book, Esmeralda changes and becomes more mature as the book goes on. In my own life I have changed my hobbies and interests. I have also gained experience and knowledge as I get older just like Esmeralda in the book.

Overall I didn’t like the book much because it was tough to follow, since it skipped around in her life. I didn’t feel like there was as much characterization as there should have been. Some of the characters in the book were a mystery to me because I wasn’t able to comprehend exactly who they were. Even though there were a lot of things I didn’t like in the book, I did like how you were able to read just a few pages and feel like you had accomplished a lot.

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