an enlightening compare and contrast of the playgrounds, Charles Underhill and my mom Patty Vagalatis .

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by : Rosalia Vagalatis

by: Rosalia Vagalatis

Comparing my mom to Mr. Underhill is like comparing a sandwich to a sandwich….wait, we’re all sandwiches on the outside, like how we’re all people on the outside, but it’s all about what’s on the inside.  Mr. Underhill is like a hard piece of bread, unbreakable and unbendable.  He’s stiff, flat and boring.  He has on piece of chicken in him and a tiny bit of mustard.  But my mom on the other hand, is like the party submarine sandwich.  She’s got the mustard, mayonnaise, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, chicken and beef.  She’s got it all, and she’s soft bread, not super bendy but not stiff like Charles Underhill.

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My mom, Patty Vagalatis and Charles Underhill have similarities and differences.  My mom, Patty, cares for me, loves me, and has sacrificed something for me. 

My mom cares for me like Mr. Underhill cares for his son. They take time to cook and clean for their children, talk to their children, have fun with their children and laugh with their children. My mom loves me by showing me affection, respect, support, honesty, but most of all she listens to me.  My mom sacrificed a great job opportunity when I was younger because she wanted to take care of me at home.  My mom passed up the opportunity and life dream of being on television.  She was offered a job as a TV host on the shopping channel.  She knew that taking that job would require her to be away many hours and many night shifts, which meant they would have to have a nanny to take care of me.  My parents didn’t want me growing up with a stranger taking primary care of me.    Mr. Underhill sacrificed his “life" for his son. Mr. Underhill implicitly sacrificed his “life” for his son by switching bodies with his him and giving up his grownup life.  Charles Underhill switched bodies with his son because he wanted to protect him, from ever experiencing the pain and suffering he went through as a child.  Mr. Underhill was bullied as a child, and this left him afraid and paranoid.  He feels the only way to protect his son is by not allowing him to experience anything.   He is reliving his life through his son.

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My mom and Mr. Underhill have differences as well. My mom is not over protective like Mr. Underhill. My mom would not switch places with me unlike Mr. Underhill. My mom and Charles Underhill see childhood a lot differently and see their children a lot differently. 

My mom wouldn't trade places with me because she wants me to learn how to defend myself, and she wants to teach me from her experiences, but Mr. Underhill did switch places to protect his son from his childhood horror.  My mom also thought childhood was a learning experience, and that it’s the time where you go through good and bad things. Mr. Underhill thought of childhood as hell, a bad time that was extremely scary and left a huge scar for the rest of his life.  My mom also thinks quite highly of me, she trusts me and has faith that I will make the right decisions for myself.   But in contrast Mr. Underhill doesn't think highly of his son; he doesn't think his son can do anything for himself, not that they would know because Mr. Underhill hasn’t ever given Steven a chance.

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In conclusion, I proved that on the outside, they may look the same but all parents want to protect their children (even if it’s for their own selfish reasons), just in different ways, like my mom and Mr. Underhill.

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