Sundays at the Garage Analysis Essay

795 Words Apr 4th, 2013 4 Pages
Kimbell describes a typical Sunday Vermonters spend down at the garage. He emphasizes the
idea of “welding”, “fixing”, “repainting”, and “digging”, In order to stress the importance of building
one’s life. He also mentions “sighting a gun” and “trying to charge a battery” in the hopes of painting a
picture of rugged individualism, frontier living, and self dependence. Kimbell even highlights the
practical necessities for everyday living and survival by including the smaller pleasures in life such as a
“non-dairy creamer” and a “small refrigerator”, while representing the specific implements used in
building a life, “washers”, “bolts”, and “screws”, the simple tools needed to create a sturdy foundation.
The garage’s owner, Tom, uses
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Kimbell then goes into detail about a Sunday usual who brought
everyone “pancakes and sausages” and go in trouble for “stand[ing] out”. Although pancakes and
sausages are a practical breakfast perhaps practicality isn’t welcomed in the traditional places of
opposition. However the church does accept “grape or orange” juice, offered to the kids, who “run…
[and] play tag under the large maple” where they touch-up on their “investigat[ion]” skills while
exploring the “ancient two-holer hidden in the brambles”, which lends the idea of the church being of
some importance in the up-bringing of children. “The church has a pressed tin ceiling… [from the] 19 th
century” which “distort[s the] view of the river and green mountains”, by painting a picture of the
church’s antique physique, it is to be interpreted that Kimbell is suggesting that tradition is getting in the
way of practicality, and perhaps blurring other’s full understanding of what is being taught.

Kimbell soon returns to the primary location, Tom’s garage, describing how it is “smaller”, and
how “nobody passes the plate” while visiting there, although “pretty good advice” is sure to be
obtained. By stating this, Kimbell proposes the thought of the church being a bigger, and perhaps more
flamboyant place, where they stick to the proper way of doing things and “pass the…