While reading Gopnik’s piece, I kind of felt bad for him and his family. The move from country to country, New York to France was obviously a rough one. Moving from state to state was hard enough for me; I can only imagine what it would be like to move to a different country. Moving from state to state puts the stress on you of meeting new people, finding a new grocery store, new stores to shop at, finding a new job and etc. But when you move country to country, it must be ten times harder. Gopnik explains some of the difficulties that he and his family had to face. Not only did they have the stress of meeting new people, finding a new grocery store, new stores to shop at, new jobs and etc., they had the stress of learning a new language, different and new machines, and a totally different lifestyle. Moving is hard and it can all relate back to PLACE, as I explained in the previous blog post. When you leave your place, your home, your comfort zone, the place you know inside and out, how do you start over? It is not easy and in some cases not possible.
While reading Ondaatje’s piece, I honestly had no idea what to think. I had no idea where it was going or what the purpose of it was. It came across to me as weird, awkward and questionable. The only thing I could relate to was the fact that the house was always full of people and animals. My house consists of me, my mom, my dad, my two sisters, and my brother. There are two dogs and we ALWAYS have visitors. Sallie Chisum seemed to be the main topic of the piece, yet I did not understand why it is called Billy the Kid??