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My Family

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"The subject or protagonist begins in

the ordinary world in which everyting

is normal and according to plan and





Of all the things I love in this world, nothing comes close to these guys.



This is my family. My mom, Jan, my brother Will, his identical twin John, and my dad, Dave.




My Family, My Team, My Franchise


Using the design template I created in my Venacular execise, I will describe what my family has been to me and the many, many ways they have shaped me into the person I am today. Disregard the graphic on the Venacular page; I changed the positions of family on this page to represent an entire franchise. Since the page is about me, I will act as the quarterback.


The Owner - My Mom


Just as the owner of an NFL team oversees the operations of his team, my mother has always been there to support my family. Just like any good owner, she has always desired the best life for my brothers and me through her strong faith and love for our family. My mother has been a school teacher since I can remember, passing on her commitment and passion for teaching the younger generation. Although my mom and I had a period of butting heads (via middle/high school idiot period for me), I now confide in her as she is one of the more insightful people I know. She is my spiritual foundation and my guide to this crazy little thing called life. She would not stay in the owner's box, but be on the sideline with the team, urging us to do our best.


The Coach - My Dad


As important as the owner (my mom) is to the franchise (the family), the coach is just as integral to the team. My father is the coach of our team in that he is the hardest working guy I know. He is a great person who I have an immense amount of respect for. Now that I'm a lot less stupid, I appreciate the time spent with him and we have a very good relationship. Of all the things he has taught me about one day being a father, you can only look as far as the lessons learned from his dad, a legend in his own right. My dad has never ceased to provide for our family, and I will be lucky if I can grow up to be half the man he is. To hijack a quote from one of his favorite movie, Back to School: - "Derek, you're gonna end up just like your father..." - "God I hope so... I happen to love the guy."


My Running Backs - My Brothers


While my parents are closely observing my actions from the sidelines, the two people in my life who have been in the "trenches" with me are my two older twin brothers, John and Will. They're my running backs on the field, the people I look to when the defense is breathing down my neck. Unlike some mean older brothers, John and Will have always protected me and been there for me. They're not only my brothers but two of my best friends.


We grew up playing sports together and interestingly enough, our dad was usually the coach of our teams. By living in the cabin the first couple of years after we moved, I got very close with my brothers, as the family was sharing I limited amount of space.


My Offensive Line - My Relatives


Although my father's extended family is much larger than my mother's, both families are very close. My dad's family is the gaming side, where you can always count on some sort of card game to be occupying my grandmother's living room. My relatives are my offensive line because they have helped shape me just like my parents, always allowing me to play games with them.



Moving the Franchise


When my parents decided to move out of our neighborhood in Southwest Austin to our country cabin, the decision greatly affected all of our lives. Both my mom and dad wanted to relocate to the hill country, but living in a cabin was no small feat. Just like an NFL football team when it moves cities, our team had to adjust to life in the wilderness.


Although moving the team was touch on our owner (mom) and our coaching staff (dad), the team is better for it. The single action of leaving the friendly confines of our suburban neighborhood and braving it in the wilderness has changed me drastically. I feel I am a more rounded person today because of my family's decision to leave the city.



The Creation of Ben Garrett


Each of the members of my large family have had a hand in my development. When I was younger, I spent a lot of my time with my relatives who would entertain my imagination. I look back now and am grateful of all the love and attention given to me. The people around me in my family made my creative aspirations flourish by letting me express my creativity through storytelling, drawing, playing games, listening to music, and just communicating.


Now that I am in film and creating movies, this class has been helpful in synthesizing all of my ideas and my past into material that is meaningful to me. It has been both interesting and enlightening to see the scope of my creative development.



The decision to move to the country has changed myself and my family for the better.




When my mother talks about our time in the country, she always brings up one poem:


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5


Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same, 10


And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back. 15


I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.


Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken"





Now let's see what ENTERTAINS ME.

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