Student Essays: Nature, Music, and Growing

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Teachers and college students regularly have a say in our pages. Today, we give voice to younger teens as well. We asked them to write about issues that matter to them - at school and at home. Many thoughtful essays crossed our desks; sometimes whole classes wrote in. We plan to do this again, so keep the contributions coming.

A Winter Walk

By Andrew Thomas

Grade 7, Green Bay, Wis.

It is a Friday night in early March. I turn off our computer, finally free of its grasp and walk to the window. The air is still, and bright moonlight covers freshly fallen snow. It is the perfect night for a walk. I call to my father, who is working busily in the basement. He is happy to join me, and his unfinished paperwork can wait for an hour.

We walk slowly. The packed snow crunches underfoot, as if protesting. We move away from the busy streets, searching for a place of tranquil solitude. Slowly, the night becomes quieter. Only an occasional passing vehicle and the crunch of the snow disturb our peaceful stroll. The serene stillness of the night is a welcome change from the noise of the day. On one of our more recent walks, we even heard the soft hoot of an owl in the distance.

Baird's Creek will be our destination tonight. We stroll past the high school that I will be attending in another year. The group of buildings looks large and intimidating in the darkness. I quicken my pace to pass it.

We arrive at the creek, pausing on the bridge. My dad recalls when he played near Baird's Creek as a child, bringing home frogs and other slimy creatures with him. I try to imagine my grandmother shrieking with surprise upon discovering a snake in Dad's coat pocket. Tonight, the moonlight reflects softly off the partially frozen creek. We can hear the distinct sound of the trickling water as it flows gently under the bridge. We turn homeward.

During our walk, my father and I talk about many things. We talk about things that are unfamiliar to me, such as stocks and money management. We also discuss school, sports, and the fish that we plan to catch when fishing season begins. As we approach home, my thoughts drift to a sunny northern lake, where I fight an enormous bass as the sun sets in the distance.

We arrive home, cold and a little tired. Dad returns to his endless paperwork while I get ready for bed, tired after the long walk. I settle into my waterbed, anxious to fall asleep. Maybe tonight I'll dream of landing that trophy bass.

Why Do I Like to Listen to This?

By Lisa Remington

Grade 10, Danbury, Neb.

Everyone likes music, whether it be rock, pop, classical, country, or another style. Why do people listen to music? There are probably lots of reasons, but the main ones are these: Music sounds wonderful and it lets people express themselves. Obviously, people listen to music because it sounds so good. Different melodies, harmonies, chords, and rhythms make music beautiful, no matter what the style. Music can make you feel relaxed. Music can make you feel refreshed or ready to do anything!

Music is a really good way to express yourself. Music tells a lot about a person; it can show what this person likes or dislikes, how he or she thinks, and what kind of attitude he or she has. When you listen to music, you can probably get a pretty good idea of what this person is like. Everyone makes music with his or her own special style.

Music can also express God. When someone plays the organ at church, or sings in the congregation, or just makes music at home for his or her own enjoyment, he or she is expressing God. I believe that real music is the good music that results when someone is listening to God and remembering where his or her talent really comes from.

I have played the piano for 10 years and give piano lessons myself. I also play drums, guitar, and the organ. I love to express myself when I have an instrument in front of me. …