Creative Writing Braid
By Max Weissman
In a deep but steady voice “Time to make the donuts” every Sunday at 5am my special alarm would go
off and I would reply in a silly tone “no, we make bagels”
Up until I was five no one could understand me but my mom, so on the playground I would bring kids
I had met up to her for her to introduce me
Setting: the place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place.
I can’t remember when the first time I would be woken up at 5am every Sunday, it was as if I had been
doing it my entire life
I don’t remember the testing, but they told my mom that I wasn’t going to be able to speak
properly, write, or read
Wakeup call: a person or thing that causes people to become fully alert to an unsatisfactory situation and to act to
After the car was parked in the small rocky parking lot we would burst through the back door that
opened to a cold empty store, yet it was filled with potential.
My mom understood what they had told her, and she still decided to ignore them
Potential: latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.
The view from in front of my dad was my uncle hard at work who started at 3am and was just finishing
the last batch of bagels and breads.
She knew that the test results on a piece of paper could only mean so much
Point of View: the position from which something or someone is observed
One egg bagel would be stolen from that batch and be doused with freshly turned cream cheese and
My mom knew that it was going to take a lot of extra work with her having a job and their being
three other kids
Ingredients: a component part or element of something.
I was at a disadvantage and was to young or to small to do some things like taking the bread out of the
oven, using the bread cutter, or even boiling the bagels.
If it was up to the test I would of never been a published writer, got the only English award in my
graduating class, or of been an avid reader
Disadvantage: place in an unfavorable position in relation to someone or something else.
So, I watched every movement, measurement, and time that they did so to learn how to do it myself
and I made the disadvantage an advantage when my time came.
I learned differently what causes me to see things from unique and new perspectives
Advantage: a condition or circumstance that puts one in a favorable or superior position
As the day went on, the fryer started to heat up and the store started to fill up with warmth from the
My mom is the one who showed me what hard work can really accomplish
Fulfillment: the achievement of something desired, promised, or predicted.
Sweep, clean, wash, kneed, braid, carry, serve; I was shown that there was never a job to small for
anyone to do.
During the summers when my mom worked with me everyday she always went back to the stuff that
I had already learned to make sure it wasn’t going anywhere
Fundamentals: a central or primary rule or principle on which something is based.
11 am just after the morning rush I would retreat from the once hectic store to the back.
There were hundreds of times where I wanted to go outside and play with my friends instead of
studying three letter words with my mom
Surrender: cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority.
I had to put a little more effort in before I could truly rest, I would have to feat the one hundred-pound
bags of sugar and flour.
I couldn’t appreciate it then of having to stay inside and having to go over word after word
Effort: a vigorous or determined attempt.
After I would put my last bits of effort in to get to the peak I would put my back against the cold hard
metal then fall to my side where I would close my eyes and leave my dream world.
My mom never told me what hard work was, she showed me what it was by doing it and has made me
who I am today
Legacy: something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past