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Puberty…A Ticking Time Bomb April 12, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — writing4english @ 10:09 PM

It all starts with a little thing called puberty. Everyone goes through it and nearly everyone hates it. It’s the start of something new and even scary. Boys hormones go crazyand girls develop in places that those boys’ hormones notice. But everyone develops differently at different rates. Callie, is what one would call a “late bloomer.” As she gets older, she notices certain features changing and some that are not. She’s getting more manly in certain places. Callie aquires a mustache, her voices gets lower, she grows to 5 ft. 10 in. tall as an eighth grader, and her hair becomes a previlent part of hiding her true self. Time has a lot to do with this. Everyone goes through certain stages or phases in their life usually during purberty.”-the last thing the hockey ball symbolized was Time itself, the unstoppablility of it, the way we’re chained to our bodies, which are chained to Time (Eugenides 294).” Girls usually go through the tom boy stage. Even though Callie has more obscure changes going on with her body, she’s not different than any other teenager going through puberty. It is the most awkward stage in a person’s life. Things are happening to them that sometimes inexplicable. Callie is still going through all of those strange changes just as time demands on everyone.

Being brought up as a female makes an impact on Callie’s developing (or lack there of) body. She’s aware that certain parts should be maturing that aren’t but is unaware why they haven’t yet. She sees it in the girls locker room comparing her unestablished figure to the girls around her. Even Tessie starts to get worried and schedules a gynecologist appointment for Callie. Sex and gender do play a role in who she is in one main way. She begins to find intrest in other girls, especially Obscure Object. This crush could be due to the all girls surrounding she is forced to be with. Over time, the lack of a male atmosphere can create quite an impact. Callie can’t really create a feeling for boys if they’re never around.

~Alexandria Vintevoghel

Would like to use in my final essay please

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5 Responses to “Puberty…A Ticking Time Bomb”

  1. I agree that all the strange stages in everyone’s lives revolves around puberty. It’s a part in life that no one can control.

    Nayeli Garza.

  2. Puberty is an awkward time for everyone especially girls. It is so much going on and you don’t even know what is going on. Calliope was lost. She didn’t know what was going on, what to esxpect, or why it was happening.

    -Arielle K.

  3. I agree. She really isnt going through anything much different from what most teens go through in trying to establish an identity for themselves during puberty.

    Nick Vecellio

  4. I like this. And I think we all can relate to the odd feelings that go along with puberty.

    AKA Borkowski

  5. This works, Alexandria. You can use it. The Time quote is one of my favorites. Think, then, about what it means to be chained to your body, which is then chained to Time? You’re locked into position, right? Had Callie been born at a different time, then her challenges may have been easier or more difficult. But she wasn’t. She was a product of the time she was raised in.

    And how can we relate this to your topic? To Detroit?

    Also, though, cite like this: Time” (Eugenides 294).

    ~Jenna G.


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