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England Book Club: The Wind in the Willows – part 5

February 12, 2012
 
This week we’ll read the next two chapters of The Wind in the Willows (Chapter 9 – Wayfarers All and Chapter 10 – The Further Adventures of Toad).    

In chapter 9. Rat begins to feel a special kind of stirring in his heart.  After meeting the sea rat, our Rat has an intense desire to see the world.

When I was reading the chapter, one particular section stopped me.  I don’t know if anywhere in literature I’ve ever seen a more perfect quote to represent TAP.  Read the quote:

Take the adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes!  ‘Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of the old life and into the new!  Then some day, some day long hence, jog home here if you will, when the cup has been drained and the pay has been played, and sit down by your quiet river with a store of goodly memories for company.”  

 

Here’s the assignment:  

  1. Carefully read the quote above.  Try to figure out what it means (it may mean something different to everyone).
  2. Re-write the quote in your own words.  (include your re-written quote in your post).
  3. Tell me what it means to you, especially considering that you’re about to be come a wayfarer.

Each of these answers should take somewhere between 5-7 sentences.

Every student in our England group is required to participate.  You must comment on this post with your thoughts, then come back and comment on what other people have said – you are required to make an effort to keep the conversation going by replying to at least 2 other students (more than just “I agree” or “you are right.” Give them reasons why you agree/disagree or what they said that was meaningful – make this a discussion). 

Next, we’ll be reading The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – you should begin looking for your own copy at a local library or book store soon, but you can also find free ebook copies online at ManyBooks.com.  We will start reading that book in late February.    
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  1. Ariana Martorano permalink
    February 12, 2012 9:00 pm

    1) I think it means to live out your dream’s. live your life. Dont let it pass you by. Experency your life. So you can have memories. Dont let your life be boring.

    2) Experency adventure. Live yor life. Dont let the moment’s pass. Let the door bang behind you while you run. A huge step foward, and you are out of your old life and into a new one. Then some day long from now. Come home if you can, when your life has been fuflied. Live the rest of your life in peace, with all of your memories.

    3) To me this quote mean’s that you shouldent let life pass you by you should take all the chance’s you get and the oppertunity’s you get when they come to you because you may never get those chances again, so take the adventure, move on with your life dont let those moment’s pass you by run to them, move out of your old life and old memories and into the new life and new memories. then one day when you have fufiled your lifes goals and have amazing memories go back to where it all began and then you can be content with your life because you know you did everything you always wanted to and that you lived your life to the fullest. you can go home and live the rest of your life in peace, and you will alway’s have the memories of your life. the one you wanted but never thought you could have.

    • Mckayla Holmes permalink
      February 14, 2012 6:49 am

      I agree with you I think that you should live out your dreams and your life. And never let them pass you by.

    • Joseph Kokoszka permalink
      February 14, 2012 12:06 pm

      I agree on the meaning of a wayfarer. They are always ready to explore. I can connect to the people in Minooka TAP. They are always ready to explore.

    • Jade rocks permalink
      February 15, 2012 4:07 pm

      I agree. Life is worth living when you have the choice. ‘Don’t let it pass you by’ is something more people should keep in mind when they are just sitting on the couch waiting to pass on and leave the world behind without looking back.

    • Dajanai Lyles permalink
      February 19, 2012 12:48 am

      I agree with you about how live your live and dont pass it by.And to experienece your life and dont let it be boring.

      • Hannah Gedwill permalink
        February 19, 2012 11:12 am

        I agree with you completely. Just live your life and make memories.

    • Brooklyn Bachmann permalink
      February 19, 2012 1:02 pm

      I love how you wrote in your own words what you thought it meant. I agree with you that if you don’t live you life it will be boring. We only have one life to live so we have to live it to the fullest. My favorite part was in your last sentence how you said” the one you wanted but you never thought you could have.” I really think Toad needs to live up to his potential and not waist his life being a theif and a horrid friend.

      • McKenna W permalink
        February 19, 2012 7:23 pm

        I like how she wrote it too Brooklyn! Good point Toad does need to be a better friend and stop being so rude.

      • Emily Laxton Zackavec permalink
        February 21, 2012 10:51 pm

        i so agree i mean what would life be like if it was boring!?!?!!?!?!?!?!!?

      • Taylor House permalink
        February 24, 2012 6:04 pm

        I agree with Bachmann. If you are going to live, live to the fullest. Your life shouldn’t be boring. And Toad should think about that last quote.

    • Mackenzie Callahan permalink
      February 19, 2012 4:43 pm

      I do not really understand what you are trying to say abouut the quote, because my perspective is basically change can be a good thing, but also bad, but I kind of see where you are going because, being yourself and living your dreams, I guess can kind of relate in a way.

    • Caitlyn Dixon permalink
      February 19, 2012 6:14 pm

      I agree with you when you say you need to live out life and don’t let it pass you by.

    • Autumn Eales permalink
      February 25, 2012 11:46 am

      Ah, so true. I believe this quote means something along the lines of ‘Don’t let life pass you by’ also! Everyone needs to try and be happy for a better future.

    • Madelyn Rogge permalink
      February 26, 2012 9:30 pm

      I think you are very right on what the poem means I said in other words basically what you said.

    • Morgan Ondrick permalink
      February 26, 2012 9:34 pm

      I agree that you shouldnt let life pass you by.

  2. Mckayla Holmes permalink
    February 14, 2012 7:11 am

    1) what I thinks the quote means the only thing that is stopping you from living out the life that is adventurouse is you. All you need to do is step out of your comfort zone and try new things.

    2) Take what comes at you in life now. Everytime that you don’, another moment that you have had fun going on an adventure. It’s only the closing of a dorr, a meat step forward that keeps you from moving on from your old life. And on day you can go home when your adventures are complete. Have company over and share a days worth of great memories.

    3) to me this quote means when life throws something at you don’t try to dodge it ride it out through the end. I mean if I did that do you reall think that I would be writing this answer to question three… Yeah didnt think so. I mean who knows what wouldbhappen if you didn’t take the chances. No one knows. And no one would know what can become of it if you do. So just take the chances when you get them in life so you up can be happy because I don’t think that anyone wants to not take chances and end up living alone with 40 cats and dress them up and talk to them like people no… I don’t know what you want to happen but I hope that doesn’t happen to me.

    • Ariana Martorano permalink
      February 15, 2012 6:46 pm

      I agree with you it is alway’s good to step out of your comfort zone and try new thing’s every once and a while. Even if it mean’s being a little uncomfterable, for a little while. I also agree with you because sometime’s there is that one thing or one pieace of you that hold’s you back but if you break out of that shell, you can face your fear’s and get to a place you maybe never thought you could get to.

    • Dajanai Lyles permalink
      February 19, 2012 12:52 am

      I agree with you about that yourself is the one thing stoping you from taking chances and that you need to step out of your comfort zone.

    • Brooklyn Bachmann permalink
      February 19, 2012 1:09 pm

      What ccaught my attention in your comment, Mckayla, is how you admitted that you have to step out of your comfort zone to be able to try new things. My favorite part about your comment was when you said that “when something is thrown at you, don’t try to dodge it, ride it out through the end.” This is my favorite because I can relate to it. There is a difference between taking a stupid dare(like Toad seems to do) and trying new, weird,but exciting thiings( like all his friends do) because you have to live your life to the fullest, or whats the point of living?

      • Caitlyn Dixon permalink
        February 19, 2012 6:16 pm

        I agree with what you said with Mckayla’s quote to ‘don’t doge what ever is coming your way, you need to ride it through.’

    • Victoria House permalink
      February 19, 2012 7:31 pm

      I had to step out of my comfert zone a ton of times. When I went to Disney I had to go on roller coasters, and I hate them. Im so terrafied of heights, but I came out and it turned out to be fun.

    • Danielle Dennis permalink
      February 19, 2012 7:58 pm

      I never thought of that. Our comfort zones is what stops us, and sometimes we have to tell it to shut up and ignore it, and sometimes you may prove your comfort zone to be… Dragging you down at times.

    • shelby grys permalink
      February 20, 2012 6:19 pm

      i aggree with the statment on stepping out of your comfort zone andi agree with danielle about how are comfort zones can dragg us down

    • Madelyn Rogge permalink
      February 26, 2012 9:32 pm

      I agree with you about the ” step out of your comport zone” that is a very interesting point of view.

    • IsabelTinoco permalink
      March 7, 2012 10:10 pm

      How you worded number 2 is a little confusing, but I get where your going.(:

  3. Joseph Kokoszka permalink
    February 14, 2012 12:03 pm

    1. To me, the quote means to go on in your life and let whatever comes hit you.( not literally hit you in the face.) Your future could have many fun adventures ahead of you. An when you look back at the memories you had, you will know that you had a good life.
    2. Go ahead of yourself in the future. The world has new options that are waiting to be discovered. Don’t let someone hold you back in life. Whatever you think is right, do it. You never know. You might be making the decision of a life time.
    3.I would like to be a wayfarer. Travelling is my favorite thing. Im always curious of new adventours. That’s kind of the reason I like tap. The United Kingdom will be a new adventure for me.

    • Jade rocks permalink
      February 15, 2012 4:04 pm

      I agree with what you say about what the quote means(in your opinion) because that is what people need to do more often.

    • McKayla Holmes permalink
      February 15, 2012 4:22 pm

      i agree with you on what you think that the quote means. your futures could have many adventures ahead of you. and when you look back you would know that you have had a good life.

      • Hannah Gedwill permalink
        February 19, 2012 11:12 am

        I agree on what you think the quote means to yourself.

        • McKenna W permalink
          February 19, 2012 7:35 pm

          Good point! I like how you said it means to you, and like how you said traveling was your favorite thing and thats why you like TAP and that is exactly how I feel!

          • Sabrina Shafer permalink
            February 19, 2012 9:15 pm

            I agree , I think TAP is the door that opens that allows us to travel which is our calling and it will create some awesome memories.

    • Dajanai Lyles permalink
      February 19, 2012 12:44 am

      1) Life your life to the fullest and dream big. The only way you fulfill your dreams is to go for it take chances.

      2) Get out of your comfort zone, when their a chance you take it, don’t pass it by because you cant turn back and want to do it then. Just by a chance you take out of the comfort zone you can change your perspective on life. Along time from now you wont go home until your dream is fulfilled the way that you wanted it to be fulfilled. Then you’re going to go home and think of the memories of fulfilling your dreams for that rest of your life.

      3) What this quote means to me Is when life gives you an opportunity you should take it. Don’t try to get away from it. How are you going to live life if we don’t take chances? So go out there and take a chance stop trying to get away from it. Don’t be afraid to live life the fullest. Fulfill all your dreams to the best of your ability.

  4. Jade rocks permalink
    February 15, 2012 4:03 pm

    1) To me this quote means go out and have an amazing adventure and don’t just sit around like a lump. Don’t wait for an invitation. The thought of going is you invitation.
    2) The quote in my own words is ‘Go explore the world and if you get tired come back home to the sweet remembrance of where you grew up and then embark on you journey again. The world is too big and full of amazing things to see in one lifetime. The least you can do is try.
    3) What it means to me because I’m a wayfarer might be different from most people because wayfarer means a person who travels on foot, and most people would rather ride in a car or train to explore the world, but i would rather walk on foot and feel the padded down grass beneath my feet than smell the gas of the train or see the smoke from buildings we don’t need.

    • Joseph Kokoszka permalink
      February 19, 2012 3:42 pm

      I agree on how u thought of what this quote means. In life, you should let it pass you in a good way

      • Sabrina Shafer permalink
        February 19, 2012 9:14 pm

        What? I think that it means to not let the good things pass you by. That the doors that open are the good things after the bad things happen which are the doors that close. Even though you think that something good happens and it passes you by, there is always another door that opens to something better.

    • shelby grys permalink
      February 20, 2012 6:21 pm

      i agree with that the thought is the invitation if you get invited take it but if you wait for it oppurtunities pass you by and you don’t even know it

  5. Ariana Martorano permalink
    February 15, 2012 6:56 pm

    I agree with you because, sometimes you need to just take a chance let it hit you. go for it head on and maybe if you belive in yourself you will eventualy succsead, and one day when you look back at all of the fun memories you have had and, realize how proud you are of yourself that you didnt let life pass you by and you took amazing chances when they came to you,you can live with the fact that you had a good life.

    I also agree with you, because i do think that the world has some many opertunitys waiting for you just wanting to be discovered, and you shouldent let anyone or anything hold you back in life, live your life, be free, experence the world and most of all be happy and have fun doing it.

  6. Hannah Gedwill permalink
    February 19, 2012 11:10 am

    1. I think this quote means to live life to the fullest, and not to miss any oppertunities. Make memories, make friends, and just enjoy life. You can’t live forever, so cherish what you have and look at the good times above the bad.

    2. Get outside. Smell the fresh air. Enjoy life. Be with the ones you love. Don’t let people stop you from what you want to do. Life your life. Experience once in a life time adventures. Just enjoy the good times while you have them. You never know when you might need them to get you through a hard time.

    3. To me, this quote means that you shouldn’t pass by great opportunities to try something new. You should live life to the greatest point, and not let others tell you not to. You should do what makes you happy, not others around you. Just be yourself, smile, and have fun. Just live your life, not someone else’s.

    • Mackenzie Callahan permalink
      February 19, 2012 4:40 pm

      I have a totally different perspective of the quote than you dfo, but as I look at your ideas and the quote I can kind of relate to what you are saying.

    • Richie Makowski permalink
      February 19, 2012 5:29 pm

      thats a good point to live life to the fullest

    • Victoria House permalink
      February 19, 2012 7:33 pm

      I totally agree with you on the quote . You shoul always live life to the fullest.

    • Sabrina Shafer permalink
      February 19, 2012 9:08 pm

      I agree with you about living life to its fullest and grab all the opportunities you can.

    • Morgan Ondrick permalink
      February 26, 2012 9:34 pm

      I totally agree with you about what the quote means! Especially about living life to the fullest.

  7. Brooklyn Bachmann permalink
    February 19, 2012 12:58 pm

    I think it means that you have to take your chances and follow your dreams. If you don’t, you will always look back asking, why didn’t I instead of I remember that it was awesome. You can’t miss out on the important things. You also can’;t second guess yourself, you just have to go with it.
    Experience the adventure within, answer the call,don’t let the second guessing take the best of you,opportunity is knocking at the door so go and answer it. Once you open it, it will change your life for good. Then once you have lived your life come back and remember all the amazing things you have accomplished. Once you have done it the memories will treat you the exact same.
    To me, this means that when I have an amazing opportunity, I can’t just let it pass by, I have to take it because if I consider, the opportunity might not be there when I make up my mind.

    • Richie Makowski permalink
      February 19, 2012 5:28 pm

      ”Follow your dreems”…..interesting i didnt think of that.

    • bella alberico permalink
      February 19, 2012 7:50 pm

      i also think that it means to take chances and follow your dreams i totally agree.

    • Danielle Dennis permalink
      February 19, 2012 7:56 pm

      I agree on the regret part. If you just waste your life, then what’s the point in living? We have an amazing opportunity to go to England, and I want to look back remembering how we went into a church or a castle and learned all about who lives or lived there, and what went on there, not how I was kicked out of tap. So you’re right, we can’t miss out on things. We have to just get up and make memories.

  8. Mackenzie Callahan permalink
    February 19, 2012 4:38 pm

    1) I think the quote means live your life the way you want, don’t listen to anyone else! Find the adventure in you and let it show who you are or can be. Change is a good thing, take out the old and become the new. But, just because there is an adventure in you, pace yourself and make it normal.

    2) Look inside of you and listen to what is calling for you. WHen you hear the knocking that means to start something new, be fresh and different. After everything new has been done, go home and relax, be with your family and friends, the new you go with them. But, always hold the memories of the old you inside, they will be something special someday!

    3)This means to me that I don’t need to be like everyone else. I am my own leader and I should do what I want. No one should change me, and I should not change for anyone. I am me, and me is good. But, I do need change, change the way I need to, not the way I always want to. Be different and stick out from the crowd. Stay away from what is trending and be bold and new.

  9. Richie Makowski permalink
    February 19, 2012 5:26 pm

    1) I think that the passage meens what you have done your whole life. You could of had the most boring life in the world. But you still have a story to tell the genaration before you. You can always make a story out of nothing. Thats what I got out of the passage.
    2) your life may be tedious, or uninteresting, or bland. It might not be super, or the most exciting. But you can still make it exciting to you. You can still make storys, or life lessons out of your life. There is always something.
    3) To me this meens that your life can be exciting or boring. But no matter what, there can still be excitement. Or your life can seem imprehsive to someonelse. You may think that your life sucks. But you have to think of the glass half full.

    • February 20, 2012 3:08 pm

      I agree with you about making your life what you want it to be exciting or boring because its completly your choice

    • Jack lohman permalink
      February 20, 2012 9:24 pm

      i agree that you choose you way you what to live

  10. Caitlyn Dixon permalink
    February 19, 2012 6:11 pm

    1. I think this quote means to live life to the full and don’t just wasted it. You only get one and you should really have fun with it. Life is really short and you should honor it.
    2. Your past is old, your present is new, but your future is waiting on you. Live your ‘bland’ life but do rember you only have one. Love life to the fullest and live it.
    3.This quote to me means don’t do anything dumb with your life like trying to distroy it. You had a past but thats old news, you do have a present and your living, but you know a future.

    • Danielle Dennis permalink
      February 19, 2012 7:53 pm

      Caitlyn, I completely agree. Life is short. I know that sounds weird. Life is the longest thing you’ll ever do, but if you waste it, it will be a long lived regret.

      • jenny keating permalink
        February 26, 2012 7:46 pm

        Yeah i wanna do a ton of fun awesome stuff before I die. > – <

    • Sabrina Shafer permalink
      February 19, 2012 9:04 pm

      I think that you will have fun taking great opportunities in your life and life is not always boring and life is short , but also life is lots of fun . Take the good with the bad at times , but the good usually outweighs the bad.

    • Madi Rodriguez permalink
      February 21, 2012 5:16 am

      i totally agree with you, because so far in my life. All ive been wanting to do was just live my life the way i want to,and do whats never been done before. 🙂

  11. McKenna W permalink
    February 19, 2012 7:12 pm

    1. This quote means that ou have to live life to the fullest. It means that you have to explore new things every chance you get and make your own memories. If you do this then you will aprectiate the memories more.

    2. Travel the world and make a lot of memories. Never miss a good oppertunity. When yoiu get back home spend time with your family and share all your good times with them. Its good to make changes in your life. Its always good to have new memories and things to look forward to.

    3.To me this means to always take your chances. It means that you have to live your life the way you want it to be lived. It means that you are in control of your own life. It also means that you have to try new things. Without new things life will always be boring for you.

    • Maisie Manthey permalink
      February 19, 2012 10:13 pm

      I agree with everything you say on paragraph number one. I see the aspect of living life to your fullest. That’s the topic that really shines out to me on this quote.

  12. Victoria House permalink
    February 19, 2012 7:28 pm

    1) I think the qoute means live life to the best of it. You never know when its going to get it taken away. I also think it means to venture on and out to places that you havnt been to. You never know if your going to go there and like it. Like I have to go to England and I have to make the best of it.
    2) I think it means to live life, and explore it to the fullest. Enjoy all the little things and everything around it. For example i read a book and the world was ending. They had to enjoy the little things like food. When we think of cafateria food we think ew.They wish that they have food.
    3) To me this means get through life even if it throws you tuff obsticles at you. Also it means to keep living your life throught the bumps. You can get through everything no matter what happens to you.

    • bella alberico permalink
      February 19, 2012 7:48 pm

      i agree i also think this quote means to live life to the fullest

    • Jack lohman permalink
      February 20, 2012 9:27 pm

      i also agree that the quote means live life to the fullest

  13. bella alberico permalink
    February 19, 2012 7:47 pm

    1) i think it means that trying new things is good to do. and even if it takes you on a new path. than let it. if it changes your life let it and leave the old life behind. don’t let stuff from the past hold you back. and also just think of all the good times and leave the bad ones behind.
    2) take the adventure listen to the call don’t let a moment like this pass you by, listen to the door of your past close behind you. take a good step forward and start living in the future and not for the past. and some day after sit down at home alone and think of all the good memories and maybe even some bad.
    3) to me this quote means threw out life you are going to have to make life changing choices. and they might be bad. and they might be good. just stick it out and wait it threw. things will get better soon. and someday sit down and think about all the good memories and bad and look back and just laugh it out.

  14. Danielle Dennis permalink
    February 19, 2012 7:52 pm

    “Take the adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! ’Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of the old life and into the new! Then some day, some day long hence, jog home here if you will, when the cup has been drained and the pay has been played, and sit down by your quiet river with a store of goodly memories for company.”

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    1. I think the quote means you should take whatever life-changing opportunity comes to you. I thought it meant when doors close, another opens. Opportunities are going to pass you by if you don’t take them and run with it. Then you could remember the memories and the satisfaction of taking so many of the opportunities.

    2. Go on a journey and listen to yourself, and don’t let any time pass by. A door has closed behind you and another has opened, starting a new chapter in your life. Visit home when you feel lonely, and sit in peace and remember your decision that day.

    3. It means I should take any opportunity and don’t stand back while others go at it. That’s how I am… Maybe I could benefit from this quote. Put the past behind me and keep going. Don’t remember the bad times, just the good. I think I get this quote now. you can remember, but don’t go back in the past. That’s what weighs you down. Remember the good times and leave the bad times to be forgotten.

    • Maisie Manthey permalink
      February 19, 2012 10:12 pm

      I agree with what you say on what this quote means to you. Defiantly on taking opportunities, good or bad, it’s worth the risk to me. How you explained it is a really good way to portray this quote.

  15. Sabrina Shafer permalink
    February 19, 2012 9:01 pm

    1. I think it means to live in the moment and do not let it pass you by. If you get that feeling to get up and go then go.Each part of your life becomes your past and a new adventure begins.When ever one door closes another one opens which also means that there are always new opportunities arising through your life. Your life is one big adventure and you will create the memories along the way.
    2.Listen to the call of adventure and take it before the moment passes and as one door closes and passes you by another will open and your old life will be left behind and a new life will begin.Then one day when you feel tired of the travel and want to rest go home and rest and remember your adventure and the memories you have created.
    3.I think this quote to me means that an adventure and opportunity of a lifetime awaits me and do not let is pass by me. I may feel one door close but a whole new door will open and it will open my eyes to a new path in my life and I will create a memory that I will always remember and when my trip is done I will go home and think of the great memories and share them.

  16. Sabrina Shafer permalink
    February 19, 2012 9:06 pm

    I think it means to not let great opportunities pass you by and to grab life and take it by the reins and live it to its fullest. I guess it is kind of like follow your dreams.

  17. Maisie Manthey permalink
    February 19, 2012 10:11 pm

    1.) To me the quote meant things may be crazy or hard now for you, but later you’re able to kick off your shoes, sit back, and look back and smile on your old memories. It also sort of appeals to me by saying be what you want to be and who you want to be. Live how YOU want to live, it’s no one else’s business to change that.
    2.) Go on every adventure, every trip, don’t let anyone hold you back. Just follow your heart and you’ll know the way. The troubles are far behind hence one more step forwards. Pushing through and being yourself will open the doorway to reality, your reality. All your troubles from before are now nothing but memories. Relax, sit back, and recollect on what now is your past. Out with the old, and in with the new.
    3.) The quote sort of means a lot to me. It really sort of taught me to not let anyone hold me back and just follow what my heart tells me to do in a sense. I live the way I want to, not controlled by someone else anymore. In a sense, this quote sort of gives me strength to stand up for myself from anyone restricting/holding me back. Also including to take every chance, or opportunity. You never know what will become of it. It could even be the best memory I might ever have in a lifetime.

    • February 20, 2012 9:47 am

      i agree with maisie that life might be tough now but later on it wont be as tough

    • February 20, 2012 3:05 pm

      I agree with you on taking every chance because you never know what will happen .

      • Maisie Manthey permalink
        February 26, 2012 7:56 pm

        Exactly! That’s why I predicted that after this quote Mole would become more adventurous and risk taking because he’s realized that.

    • Autumn Eales permalink
      February 25, 2012 11:48 am

      Hmm, never thought of the it that way. You’re right! Everyone should live how they want to live. There’s no answer key to life so someone can’t say you’re living wrong.

      • Maisie Manthey permalink
        March 13, 2012 3:48 pm

        Yeah! Exactly! If everyone constantly worried about their image or others trying to hold you back constantly life would just be dull and depressing. What would we be if we weren’t actually who we are? That’s kind of awkward to think about.

    • jenny keating permalink
      February 26, 2012 7:48 pm

      Yeah I agree maisie about the nothing holdin ya back part. I hadnt thought of that but it sounds kind of pretty to me. X3

      • Maisie Manthey permalink
        March 13, 2012 3:50 pm

        That’s kinda what I thought to. When I was writing this post it really had me make personal connections to what the question was asking me. That’s probably where that part came from in my response.

  18. February 20, 2012 9:45 am

    I think that the first question/quote is trying to say do something with our life. Take some risks and have some fun. Also when it says heed the call that means to be ready for anything anybody throws at you. One problem that mole could have heeded the call for was when toad was acting foolish and spent lots of his money on stupid, silly things.
    Take risks in your life. Have some fun and get out of your comfort zone! Be ready for any adventure or any problem that anyone or anything throws at you. Take challenges that need to be taken.
    To me this means to have a good life, be ready, and most of all have fun. In the quote above that I put I said take risks, that means when your in one country and your family is in another don’t freak out know that you were chosen to take this challenge for a reason. Also a very important saying in my quote was have fun with your life when I say have fun that doesn’t mean you have to go wild and crazy it means to be mature and safe at the same time

  19. February 20, 2012 3:03 pm

    1) To me the quote means to be free and to let nothing hold you back.You should be able to do what you feel and express your emotions freely.I think it also means to share your thoughts and ideas.

    2)Don’t say no to adventure, go you will never get aunther chance. Don’t look back on what your leaving behind you just keep moving ahead . You are at the start of a new life and better things are going to happen. Then in the future when your older you can go back to where your adventures began and share memories you’ve gathered on your travels with friends and family.

    3) To me this quote means for starters not to let anything pass you by. Don’t live life in fear or avoid something just because you don’t know the out come . You should be able to do as you feel and trust yourself and not what others say or do around you. If you want to do something just do it . Life is just way to short to be wasted have fun with it .It also means to me at one point or aunther you have to let go of the past go and move on .Mistakes happen you have to accept what the out come is shrug it off and learn from it.

  20. shelby grys permalink
    February 20, 2012 6:14 pm

    1. to me the quote means take a journey nobody can stop you from having fun but when your done your welcome back.

    2. When you take an adventure, listen to your heart and don’t turn back, just take it before the chance passes you by. It will be a great experience and when you’ve seen it all you can come back and reflect on all the good experience that you had on your adventures

    3.to me this means isf you get the oppurtunity to take an adventure do it don’t just watch the oppurtunnity pass you by .It’s like when people tell you to chase your dreams and when you have the chance take it . like me and around 40 other people have the chance to go on a amazing adventure andwe all took the chance to go and we took it .In the end of this quote it also states something along the lines of you will remeber all the good times you had on your adventure.which to me is the one of the best parts of an adeventure because its like you relive it again.

    • Madi Rodriguez permalink
      February 21, 2012 5:13 am

      i agree with this because i deeply believe that life is about having fun 🙂

  21. Jack lohman permalink
    February 20, 2012 9:22 pm

    1 the quote means that you should live you life to the fullest. this means you should do everything you want to do be for you die. then when you die you will die with happy thoughts of everything you did.

    2 “when in an adventure you could die. the reason you do this is because that you what to do this. that means you die with godly thoughts”

    3 to me the quote means that once you choose your path that you could not go back and re do it. that is what i think i means

    • Claire permalink
      February 23, 2012 5:23 pm

      i agree!

      • February 23, 2012 6:50 pm

        Claire – it says right in the directions that comments like “I agree” don’t count. Say something meaningful that adds to the conversation. “I agree” tells us nothing.

  22. Madi Rodriguez permalink
    February 21, 2012 5:12 am

    1.) To me this quote means that you should never be stuck in your past, and learn to move on.

    2.) When you need to move on, dont look back. Everything will be ok in the end, life is about having fun. Not living by the rules. Learn to let loose and take adventures. Never take anything too seriously. Because you only have 1 life to live. Your old life is behind you, Now its time to leave it there.

    3.) To me this quote means that to never take life to seriously. Learn to take risks, and stop living in the old, Life is about letting go of things that you know youre better off leaving. And to make sure you take any opportunity that comes your way. Instead of waiting for it to fly by you. Because even if the opportunity isnt exactly what you hoped for, when one door closes another one opens.

    • Emily Laxton Zackavec permalink
      February 21, 2012 10:49 pm

      i agree with you on how you said that life you can be too serious. this makes me think that ypou just need to let loose and have fun

      • Emily Laxton Zackavec permalink
        February 21, 2012 10:50 pm

        you*

  23. Emily Laxton Zackavec permalink
    February 21, 2012 10:47 pm

    A little late but here it is

    1) I belive the passage means that you need to live life to the fullest and start a new happy full life and when its ur time remember all the happy times and be happy wityh your life.

    2) Hear the challange as it passes as an unspeakable moment, trying so hard for you to recognize it and see its importance. And you do and become a new you and then, long from now you’ll come back to see, when your old and do’s paid. You’ll sit to your death bed, remembering all the good times, you will die, with a smile on your face from those moments :).

    3) To me this passage means that you need to live life to the fullest. Because you live it too seriously and soon your going to be ol dand dead and realize that too late. Take risks make mistakes, its something we all learn to do. It’ll make you happy and you will be a happy person till the day you die.

    • Claire permalink
      February 23, 2012 5:22 pm

      i agree with you on what the quote means to you!

    • Bri permalink
      February 26, 2012 6:09 pm

      i agree when people live their fuulest ever day they can later look back at those days and remember all of the good times you had.

  24. Claire permalink
    February 23, 2012 5:21 pm

    1.I think the quote means that you should always be happy and live life to the fullest.
    2. Always take chances, don’t let them pass by. Always be happy, there is always a good reason to smile. Never look back and regret things, because at that time it was exactly what you wanted to do.
    3. To me this quote means that you should always live life to the fullest. Never take life for granted, you never know whats gonna happen. Take chances, and don’t let them any chances pass by.

    • Bri permalink
      February 26, 2012 6:08 pm

      i agree you cant just know that you have a chance and just let it sit there. you always have to just have fun and go for it.

  25. Taylor House permalink
    February 24, 2012 6:02 pm

    1) I think that the quote means to live life to the fullest and to not regret anything you do. You’ll only do it once, so take a chance a live like you should.
    2) Realize the importance in your life. Don’t regret anything. Regrets are like mistakes that you wish you could fix but can’t. Don’t let your life pass you by.
    3) To me this means to not let your opportunities go to waste. If you have a chance, take it. Don’t regret any of your decisions.

  26. jenny keating permalink
    February 24, 2012 8:29 pm

    1) To me this quote means you should take chances and if there is some place you want to go you should go there and make memories out of it. Have fun in life and do what you wish to have adventures and make life exciting. Then you can tell everyone else about all you things you have done.
    2) There are many adventures calling your name you just have to take the chance and go for it. You will have more life experiences and grow as a person if you just go out on a limb and do it. Have fun , dont let a good time pass you by. Then when you are done at the place where you leanred so much and had so much fun go back. When you back you can tell of your adventures to all of you people around you.
    3) To me this means that I made a good choice of joining tap , i should not let this adventure pass me by and i should enjoy every moment of it. I feel really lucky to get the chance to go out on a adventure to another country.

    (sorry this is kind of late i was in wisconsin then had a ton of homework .> < )

  27. Autumn Eales permalink
    February 25, 2012 11:44 am

    [Sorry this is late..]
    1.) I personally believe the quote means to try to live life to the fullest. I feel as if it’s saying how you only have one life to live, so why not make the best of it? It also seems to say to me that you need to forget yesterday and move on.
    2.)Take a chance in life and break away from the normal. You’re one step away from the future so why not go for it? By the time it’s all over, you can then truly be content and share your stories with everyone.
    3.) To me, this quote means what was stated in answer #1. You need to break the habit and take a step into tomorrow. You cannot let the past hold you back from all the good fortune tomorrow may bring.
    (Isn’t question 1 and 3 practically the same thing? .__.)

  28. Bri permalink
    February 26, 2012 6:07 pm

    i think that the quoate means that everyone has the right to be happy. and that you should always try to stay happy even if life is hard at the moment.

    Always go for it. dont ever let anyone take down your hopes and dreams. and always smile and show people how happy you are. never feel bad about your self.

    i think that the quote means to always go for it. take all the chances you get. sometimes it’s okay to do things that know one else does. dont let any chances you get just walk away from you. go for it.

    P.S. sorry this one is late to.

  29. Madelyn Rogge permalink
    February 26, 2012 9:28 pm

    “Take the adventure; heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! ’Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of the old life and into the new! Then some day, some day long hence, jog home here if you will, when the cup has been drained and the pay has been played, and sit down by your quiet river with a store of goodly memories for company.”

    1. The quote above means that you can’t take anything for granted. It means life is too short, stop and smell the roses every once and a while. If you live life to the fullest you will be pleased at the end. In the quote it says, “Sit down by your quiet river with a store of goodly memories for company.” To me that mean that if you take every chance to have a great life then you will be happy and proud of yourself.
    2. Take chances; don’t wait till it is too late. Don’t let anything hold you back leap into your new adventure. Then when you are ready to retire and relax go to where it all started. Live the rest of your life where it all started, at home. You have to live your life to the fullest and don’t look back and second guess yourself.
    3. The quote above means to me that you have to live a full life and you can’t stop to over analyze things. When someone offers you great opportunities then you have to take them. Things will fall into place as you go along. Life won’t slow down for you so you have to keep up with it. If you live your life the way you want to then you will be happy with the outcome. You will retire happy for what you have become, Grateful for what you have gained, and most of all loved by the people you have meet along the way.

    • Ashland Johnston permalink
      May 8, 2012 9:26 pm

      i agree with you fully.

  30. Morgan Ondrick permalink
    February 26, 2012 9:33 pm

    1. I think the quote means that you may have to work hard now, and things might get crazy once in a while. But in the long run everything will pay off and be worth it. I also think it means that sometimes, you just have to forget, forgive, and move on. You shouldn’t hold grudges.
    2. Live your live to the fullest. Do what you want to do now, because you don’t want to look back on life and regret your decisions.
    3. To me, this quote means that you shouldn’t let life pass you by while your busy regreting things that you should just forget about. You can never predict what life will be like in the future, so live for the moment.

    • IsabelTinoco permalink
      March 7, 2012 10:13 pm

      I like how you worded number 2! It really makes sense.!(:

  31. Sarah Bollino permalink
    February 28, 2012 9:31 pm

    1.) I think this qoute means to live your lif eto the fullest, and dont let chances pass you bye.
    2.) Take the chance and dont give up. Live your life with no fear. Step forward and dont let the door hit you as you move on.
    3.) To me this means dont let things stop you from doing what you want. Go out there take risks and exsperience new things. Cause one day youll be sitting around wishing you have done something, but fifnt do it.

  32. Sarah Bollino permalink
    February 28, 2012 9:32 pm

    Agree with you Madellyn. Life is to short to let it pass bye.

  33. Sarah Bollino permalink
    February 28, 2012 9:35 pm

    I agree with you autunm, you shouldnt let things hold you back. If you do you can waste a alot of time, when life is to short to let it pass.

  34. March 1, 2012 10:22 pm

    Sorry this is late but I have alot of projects due so i never had time. Okay here it is.

    1. To me this quote means, “live like larry” you know live to the fullest, dont hold back on what you want to do. This also means that when you do something that may be a risk it can still be worthy because many adventures await from risking your own life.

    2. Life will bloom as a flower, as it grows it becomes more fastinating and exciting. Then without the proper care life does not bloom, it wilts. Live your life as a flower, go with the flow and follow your heart.

    3. This quote means that dont let your spirits die, because you could become something amazing one day!

    Also i agree with Bri because you should always try to be happy when you feel bad, because really its only a small bump in your road.

  35. IsabelTinoco permalink
    March 7, 2012 10:12 pm

    1) I think it means to live out your dream’s, or live your life. Also meaning not to let once in a life time opportunities  pass you be, and experience your life. So you can have those memories o share with your kids, like going to England. How many people are going to get another chance to travel there and expire nice the things we have the privilege of being allowed to see.
    2) Take what comes at you in life now.  Every time you pass something that comes at you , you pass up a adventure or a memory that you could later share with your family or kids . So have fun!
    3) To me, this means that when I have an amazing opportunity, I can’t just let it pass by, I have to take it because if I consider, the opportunity might not be there when I decide.

  36. Ashland Johnston permalink
    May 8, 2012 9:23 pm

    1)I think this is gonna sound like i’m just reading off of everyone else, but its really hard not to make it sound that way. I think the quote means to work hard for your dreams and set goals because life is alot more short than you think it is.

    2) Don’t let oppertunity pass by when it’s knocking, or even (depends on your skill and your luck) when it is repeatedly ringing the door bell, at the front step because its only gonna wait so long.

    3) To me, this means don’t let go of your dreams. You have to grip onto them as if you are gripping onto a rail when you are about to fall off a building. If you let go, you are going down, and there is a one in an infinity chance that superman will come and save you.

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