So like I promised I have another persons take on this story

Which by the way I do not own!

The Person that wrote this is an active fanfiction user and I most awesome person if I do say so myself, but I don't think she wants me to tell you her name... paranoid!


Memories are cherished throughout life. Some good, some bad, but they all are important to life. My most important memory that I have learned happened five years ago. It was when I was eight years old and walking down the stairs. Clumsy, I fell down the stairs chin first, bouncing and sliding down all the steps. From that memory I should have learned to be careful going down the stairs. To this day, I still fall down the stairs.

Some memories involve Parental roles in them. This memory happened when I was five years old. At this age I was testing my parents authority a lot. We'll I was angry at them and decided for revenge. Figuring that the television is my parent's prized possession, I decided to write a angry note and use Elmer's glue to attach it to the tv screen. Once, my parents saw it, I thought that I was justified in my actions. I was wrong. After a long lecture, I had to take the note off the television and clean the tv. Then I was grounded for quite some time. From then on, I have not glued a note to the television screen, because who would want to spend their afternoon cleaning and scrubbing a tv?

Theme of Children of the River: (this might stink)

* growth and maturity

I chose the theme in growth and maturity in Children of the River. In the beginning of the novel, Sundara is only thirteen years old. She came to her Aunt's house, young an inexperienced, to aid with the birth of the Soka's baby. When the Khmer Rouge come to town, Sundara and her Younger Aunt's family quickly leave town to avoid the killings and forced labor. On the ship Sundara is faced with a toughening matter. She has to make sure that Soka's baby is going to live through the journey. Of course, the baby does not survive, but facing this challenge will make you stronger, just like it made Sundara more mature.

When they arrive in America, life is not how Sundara's family expected it. Things were much harder like picking up the English language. For four years, Sundara and company lived in America learning the American ways of life. Moving to a new country, where there is different cultures and languages, can make a single person stronger. This can happen by the constant humiliation of your accent, tongue, culture and habits.

While Sundara and her family are living life in America, things are not so great back in Cambodia. The is killing is on the rise as well as the war. The fellow Khmer people who are still living in Cambodia during this time, can be affected in many ways. Seeing the amounts of bodies, killings and hardness, can make a person more tenacious and strong. Not only will the people who live during this in Cambodia make people stronger but also people all around the world. Sundara and company become stronger in faith and maturity by believing that their family will make it out of Cambodia alive. Jonathan became more mature by realizing that some things are more important than lunch food or football, when he heard Sundara's poem. After his epiphany, he wanted more people aware of the situation. This is a major sign of growth in a teenage boy. Most teenagers don't really care and would rather live their happy little lives.

When a person becomes stronger they also affect other people around them. In this case, when Jonathan heard that his dad was offered to help out in the refugee camps and refused, Jonathan was furious. Jonathan wanted everyone to lend a hand to Cambodia and was angry that his own father would not even help. Normally, Jonathan wouldn't care but when he heard Sundara's life story, things started to change. Once his father heard Jonathan's lecture and lesson, he decided to go to Cambodia, and help out.

In Cambodia culture, it is against the rules for a Khmer girl to talk to a boy without supervision from a family member. In Children of the River, when Jonathan approaches Sundara countless times, Sundara almost always talks to him and expresses her feelings. Breaking the rules and disobeying your family is a big step and is a sign of maturity and growth from Sundara.

All in all, Children of the river showed many signs of maturity and growth. It just goes to show that all through life, major events will always cause someone to mature and grow in their personality or attitude.


I still don't have an Idea for a story (and though the story pretty much completes itself) I kinda want to write one.

So, until I beg someone else enough to get their Language assignments (which shouldn't too long and is usually a matter of my laziness)

Thank you for reading