Going Down the Rabbit Hole

Going Down the Rabbit Hole

Just like Alice, I fell down the d*** hole.

After reading the first 10 stories written by my peers, I quickly began to notice the similarities between them. Mind you, the pieces that I choose were random and in no certain order.

Everyone’s story seemed to be deeper than I thought that they would reach. And for the most part, everyone started out hating to read. And some still do. Maybe they haven’t found the right person yet to change them and maybe they never will. But for about 80% of the stories that I read seemed to simmer down to: I hate reading/writing, teacher/tutor/adult tells them they can’t, one person says they can (sometimes that person was himself/herself), then it gets better.

Breaking it down into something so basic seems rude and unreasonable. All of their stories were so much more than that. There was substance and meaning and honestly it feels wrong to make this connection. Everyone’s story deserves the utmost respect but it’s so appalling the struggles that so many individuals have gone through and felt so alone, and yet everyone has such a similar story.

Going back to the skeptic view, how realistic was everyone? Some of the stories were pretty emotionally heavy so it makes me wonder how the ‘evil’ teachers would see it. There are so many different views that could be shared and time does change what has happened.

Then again, dramatic/traumatic moments tend to stay alive longer.

One of the stories that I read was Brandon Cass’s story “I don’t read.” And I found that I really agreed with that. As much as I love to read, I hardly ever did in school. There’s something about it being a requirement that churns my stomach and takes something that I love and changes it into a headache that I don’t do.

Another one that really struck out to me was Paige Hubbard’s “Live or Die” piece. At first I wasn’t sure where she was going for with it, she had brought up her friend and that they had distanced each other. At first I thought that the writing would center solely on them. If I could ask her, I’d like to know where she went.

Reading all of these stories, it made me re-realize just how lucky I am. I come from a tiny town where the kids you start out with in pre-k are the same kids that you graduate with. And all of the teachers know about your family and your business or are your family and your business. It’s a close knit community. It’s hard to get left behind there.

I come from a sheltered home, so hearing what all these other kids have to say… it’s hard to imagine what some of them have had to deal with.



  1. I don’t read
    1. Brandon Cass
  2. Fact: I can’t read
    1. Lindzee Ridley
  3. My Love for Reading
    1. Abigail Corey
  4. Live or Die
    1. Paige Hubbard
  5. How Title One Changed My Life
    1. Chelsey Haughey
  6. ACF
    1. Hailey Davis
  7. Cars Turning Over to The Sun
    1. Ashley McCarthy
  8. Reading and Writing: It’s a Love Hate Thing
    1. Ciara Oakley-Robbins
  9. How I reset my life by reading
    1. Ally Karriker
  10. Recess and Distress
    1. Blake Beverage



One thought on “Going Down the Rabbit Hole

  1. Hi Cali, this is a thoughtful and nicely human response to your first effort at analyzing these stories. Be sure to keep the human side of your mind working while doing the analysis.

    I’d love to hear more about your thoughts at how the heavy emotions of the stories might have colored events, and the kinds of trauma/drama that shape writers’ memories. What do you think the “evil” teachers might have been trying to do? Where might they have gone wrong despite maybe having good intentions?

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