“I want to be merely like you”
Turning up. Sedaris had a good life. He had a loving household that supported him and made sure he was good taking attention of. Sedaris’ friend. Hugh had a really hard life style. When Hugh was turning up as a kid. he saw things that kids should non be forced to witness. Hugh’s category took a field trip to a abattoir one twenty-four hours. where they were treated to a pig’s executing. “…One of the brothers drew a handgun from his dorsum pocket. held it against the animal’s temple. and shot the piggy. execution-style. ” ( Paragraph 6. page 109 ) At another juncture. Hugh witnesses a dead adult male on a telephone pole. “Unlike me. he left the theatre two hours subsequently. to happen a dead adult male hanging from a telephone pole at the far terminal of the unpaved parking batch. ” ( Paragraph 10. page 110 ) Hugh was frequently neglected by this household and exhausted bulk of his adolescence with foster parents. Hugh’s life wasn’t the non good at all but Sedaris wanted Hugh’s life.
Sedaris describes why he believed his childhood was so flat in comparing to his friend Hugh’s childhood. Sedaris compared his childhood to Hugh’s childhood so much until he started to envy Hugh. Sedaris stated. “We had a collie and a house cat… They had a monkey and two Equus caballuss named Charlie Brown and Satan… I threw rocks at stop sighs… Hugh threw rocks at crocodiles. ” ( Paragraph 8. page 109 ) Sedaris thought throwing rocks at crocodiles was truly fun. He did non recognize what sort of danger Hugh was truly in. “No fifteen-foot python of all time wandered onto my school’s hoops court… I begged. I prayed every night. but it merely ne’er happened… A military putsch in which forces sympathetic to colonel arrived tardily at dark to assassinate my next-door neighbour. ” ( Paragraph 13. page 111 ) Sedaris wanted to everything Hugh had. He wanted to go the around the Continent of Africa excessively. Sedaris loved Hugh’s childhood but Hugh did non happen his life to be so great.
Hugh’s household had moved to Mogadishu. Somalia. Since there was non any English-speaking schools at that place. Hugh had to remain with a household he did non cognize. “Hugh was sent back to Ethiopia to populate with a beer enthusiast his male parent had met at a cocktail party. ” ( Paragraph 16. page 112 ) While Hugh lived with the Hoyts household. he did non experience welcomed at all. “They invited him to fall in them at the tabular array. but that was every bit far as they extended themselves. ” ( Paragraph 16. page 112 ) Hugh was non able to observe his birthday nor was he able to speak to his household. “No one of all time asked him when his birthday was. so when the twenty-four hours came. he kept it to himself… There was no telephone service between Ethiopia and Somalia. ” ( Paragraph 16. page 112 ) The Hoyts had kids and they missed treated Hugh every opportunity they could acquire. They would state things to Hugh for alternatively. “Hey that’s our couch you’re sitting on” and “Hands off that cosmetic stein… It doesn’t belong to you. ” ( Paragraph 16. page 112 ) Hugh had a difficult life turning up. His life was non what Sedaris make it to be.
Although Sedaris had a better life than Hugh. he still envied Hugh’s childhood. He started to take Hugh’s childhood narratives and do them his ain. “Rather than surrender to my resentment. I have learned to take satisfaction in the life that Hugh has led… His narratives have. over clip. go my own… When my ain experiences fall short of the grade. I merely travel out and pass some of his… It is with pleasance that I sometimes recall the dead man’s purpled face or the study of the pistol pealing in my ears as I studied the blood pooling beneath the dead white piggy. ” ( Paragraph 21. page 113 ) There one time was a clip in all of our lives where we wanted something person else had and their life style. Do we truly see their battles or are we merely looking at what our eyes could see? We should non envy other people and the things they have. Some people work truly difficult to acquire the things they have today. We ne’er know what another individual had to make or travel through in order to acquire what they have. We should be thankful to God for the things we do hold.