John Grogan 's Marley And Me And My Life, Patience, Flexibility, And Love

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“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours...he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty,” says John Grogan, author of Marley & Me. Although dogs are just animals, they can bring out the best characteristics in people. Recently, an exploration of one of the most well-known pieces of canine non-fiction and an exploration of my own life has taught me just how true this is. In John Grogan’s Marley & Me and in my life, patience, flexibility, and love are frequently illustrated. Facing challenges with patience is a trait that numerous caring people have, and the Grogans and my mother have this in common. Described by John as the “the world’s worst dog,” Marley had caused…show more content…
Marley and I have people in our lives who are patient and care for us, which enabled both of us to be loved despite the frustrations we have caused. Throughout Marley & Me, the Grogans are faced with a multitude of changes that expose their ability to be flexible, and, similarly, I have also experienced situations in my life that have done the same thing. Before her first child was born, Jenny found herself in a situation where she had to be flexible. John and Jenny booked an expensive birthing suite for Jenny weeks prior to having their son. On the day that she was due, all the suites were booked which left them with the rooms that the poor migrant workers chose. The luxury birthing suite was described as “upper-end hotel rooms, spacious, bright, and well appointed wood-grained furniture,” but she gave birth in a room where it “sounded like a house of horrors” and “a woman’s anguished screams would pierce the air” (Gorgan 103, 105). To avoid complications, Jenny adapted to contrasting situations in short notice, and she gave birth to her son, Patrick Grogan. Jenny was flexible at the hospital, and, coincidentally, I was also flexible when facing an unfamiliar place. I had to move from India to the United States, and I had to leave all the things that were familiar to me behind. After three months of living in Seattle, Washington, we packed up and

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