In the early stages of spring, on the frost bitten terrain of northern Alaska, an Inupiaq hunter studies his surroundings. He breathes deep into the icy breeze, that burns his throat and tickles his lower spine as it disintegrates throughout his frame; he takes no notice. As his parka insulates the natural heat being carried throughout his body, his face remains bare against the bitter breeze. He looks above seeking guidance from his ancestors, to ensure his safe return, simultaneously observing the desolate sky. He proceeds his journey with caution, as if his senses had been blurred, and then he is astonished by the realization that he cant’ see! After calming down, he’s quick to realize that he has become “snow blind”. Soon followed by a thought that was far worse than even the blindness; the thought that his family would have no choice but to remain in their state of hunger, until he is well enough to hunt again.
Josey, J. (2010). The hunt. Snow goggles (pp. 3).
The author lives in the state of Alaska, and as a student of the local university he has been given the opportunity to learn about things the typical textbook is not able to teach. Though he attends college, Josey considers himself as a student of life, and it is the examples given to him in life that he tries so passionately, to learn and to apply. The excerpted piece of literature above comes from his personal collection of writings, regarding some of his more personal thoughts and ideas. Originally this piece was a part of a larger compilation of writings entitled “Snow Goggles” which was an assignment assigned in his English class. The short story entitled “The Hunt” really helps bring out the point Josey was trying to relate to his audience, on the importance of wearing snow goggles, not only is the story entertaining but it also calls for an emotional connection.
(at least until tomorrow)