Writing A Response To Maggie Downs, “Tim Gunn And A Leaky Shower: Welcome To My Life Little Guy”, I Selected For Your Week 2 Outline- Critical Response Essay (Rough Draft)

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Maggie Downs
Maggie Downs

For this assignment, you will be writing a response to the essay you selected for your Week 2 Outline. The purpose of a draft is to give your instructor a good sense of your organizational writing skills so he/she can examine your use of the strategies of basic argumentation and critical response and provide you with feedback you can incorporate in your Final Essay.

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In your paper,

Maggie Downs
  • Expand upon your prewriting from the discussion forums (if applicable) by providing specific details about the essay you selected and the topic that it explores.
  • Show the steps of the writing process by developing the Week 2 Outline into a workable rough draft.
  • Compose a clear argument in response to the selected essay. Support your response with examples and at least one quote and one paraphrase (a total of two citations) from the essay you selected.
  • State specific details about the reading you selected, the topic that it explores, and your critical response to that topic.
  • Utilize appropriate academic writing tone, style, and citation format as well as correct grammar, spelling, and sentence mechanics.
  • Organize the essay with an introduction, a thesis, support paragraphs, and a conclusion.

The Critical Response Essay – Rough Draft

Maggie Downs

***Please see attached assignments as this shows the progress in order to complete this assignment. Please use references and add one reference.

Maggie Downs

PressReader – The Washington Post: 2015-01-08 – Tim Gunn and a …

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Running head: WELCOME TO MY LIFE 1


Tim Gunn and a leaky shower: Welcome to my life, little guy

Yesenia Cruz

ENG 121: English Composition I

Instructor: Kristin Sanders

February 25, 2019

Tim Gunn and a leaky shower: Welcome to my life, little guy

First time mothers always find it challenging when motherhood sets in with the birth of their first-born babies. mothers on most times fail to get quality sleep and when other problems creep in the mother is left at a difficult position especially when the father has to go to work in order to cater for the family. “Tim Gunn and a leaky shower: Welcome to my life, little guy,” from the Washington Post is the article I chose to look in to. The article is based on a new mother who experiences a lot of the struggles that new mothers go through.

Maggie in her article,” Tim Gunn and a leaky shower: Welcome to my life, little guy,” provides a good way to learn about how mothers face a difficult task having to recover from giving birth and at the same time taking care of their newly born children. In order to escape from the tiring responsibilities of motherhood, mothers take up a form of escapism which in the case of Maggie is watching old episodes of Project Runaway.

· Tim Gunn and a leaky shower: Welcome to my life, little guy teaches readers the need for mothers to find a way to rest from the perils of new parenting.

a. Maggie starts watching Project runaway as a way of escaping from all the noise and stressors within the house.

b. Maggie experienced a lot of noise coming from the construction of the house and at the same time from her baby crying.

c. “I turned up an old episode of “Project Runaway” and jacked up the volume to drone out the crying and hammering,” which shows how much stress of an environment Maggie and her child went through and the need to escape from all that.

d. Maggie faced challenges with the noise in the house due to the construction, the hot weather and an aging air conditioner that offered little help and pain coming from the unplanned caesarean section.

a. Like Maggie, I have seen my aunt go through the same first time mother problems and how she has coped with all the problems to become a good mother.

b. My aunt has developed a habit of watching a rerun of NCIS Los Angeles as a way of coping with the motherly responsibilities and resting.

c. My aunt faced challenges when the kitchen had to be remodeled in order to offer more space for more people when she hosts guests. She had to cope with the noise from the walls being smashed and drilling of holes throughout the construction.

d. Watching a rerun of a good series helps mothers to gain some good relaxation and strength to look out after their children throughout the day. The mothers will be refreshed, and they will be happy to enjoy the little free time they have to themselves.

· conclusion

a. ” Tim Gunn and a leaky shower: Welcome to my life, little guy,” provides a good way to learn about how mothers face a difficult task having to recover from giving birth and at the same time taking care of their newly born children.

b. Mothers require some form of escapism and a good way would be to binge watch on a good series. Mothers could face a stressful environment with the new baby crying and other forms of disturbances and it’s up to them take care of themselves.

c. As a reader what ways would you manage the stressful environment that would come with having a new baby and do your methods ensure that you have the proper relaxation before coming back to motherly responsibilities?





Analysis of Maggie Downs’s ‘Tim Gunn and a Leaky Shower: Welcome to my life little guy

Yesenia Cruz

ENG 121 English Composition I

Kristen Sanders

March 1, 2019

Analysis of Maggie Downs’s ‘Tim Gunn and a Leaky Shower: Welcome to my life little guy

Mothers are champions and celebrating them only once a year trivializes the extraordinary effort and sacrifice that they make every day for their children. Traditionally, nurturing was viewed as a woman’s job, and thus she was expected to figure out a way around the challenges and make it work. As such, it can be argued that the society has come a long way to recognize that motherhood is a fulfilling, but tough experience as each case presents unique challenges that the new parents had never dealt with before. However, mere recognition is not enough; instead, society should abandon the mentality that shifts all the motherhood responsibilities to the mother only to watch from a distance. At the moment, all that women can do is emulate Maggie Downs’s tactics which entail assessing the existing challenges and improvising to make things work out. In this regard, the paper argues that motherhood demonstrates a journey of courage and resilience that is rarely recognized by the community.

In the article, ‘Tim Gunn and a Leaky Shower: Welcome to my life little guy,’ Maggie Downs’s fantasizes about having a Tim Gunn in her life. The admirable figure will act as a source of guidance in a situation that she thought was beyond her control. According to the author, the birth of her son coincided with summer and the repair of their condo. The workers could arrive at 6.00 am and work until late into the dark (Downs, 2015). Throughout the day, Downs had to deal with noise from the continuous pounding, footsteps and, a crying baby but staying outside was not an option due to the extreme temperatures. Given the situation, it is apparent that Maggie wished that the reconstruction could be finished within the shortest time possible to restore the house in a state that could offer a bit of comfort to her and the little one.

I chose the communication/speaking out for this essay, because the mom could’ve spoken out about how the whole situation was affecting her life with the new baby in the home, while the crew was doing the fixing. The new mom could’ve gotten a little more help in regards on how the whole situation went down, the landlord could’ve at least tried to make everyone living in the condo comfortable by adding ac’s, fans, and or maybe letting them stay in an empty condo while the crew fixed the on-going restroom leaking issues. As stated in the Communication Strategies “Yet perhaps the most effective ways of improving communication are also the simplest – taking the time to really notice your colleagues, listening to how they speak as well as what they say, and remembering that what happens inside of us, in particular how we feel, will have a profound influence on what we do” by Emerald Group. Who knows the landlord probably would’ve realized that this little family just had a newborn and might’ve helped them out while the crew did their thing to fix the leakage.

However, Maggie does not engage with the workers as she lets them work without interruptions. Instead, she identifies ways to make life manageable. For instance, she makes the nursery room floor her temporal bed and resort to using a paper plate to avoid a pile-up of dirty dishes. Note that Maggie makes a considerable shift from a mentality of perfectionism to necessity based on three catchy words ‘Make it work’ used by her TV idol. The new mum relies on the same phrases when she gets the sad news that the new shower floor was built at a wrong angle. This mistake meant that the torment and sacrifices that Maggie had made throughout the reconstruction period were useless. Instead of getting hysterical, Maggie proposes a modification that would resolve the issue in the meantime.

Maggie Downs’s article depicts a mother’s journey towards restoring control and normalcy in her life regardless of multiple unfavorable factors within her environment. Maggie ‘grows’ from feeling helpless as evidenced by her need to get an ‘escape’ that is watching the past episodes of the runway project to figuring out a strategy to her existing situation. Like most mothers, Maggie finds the necessary balance that is often lost once a newborn joins the family leading to the conclusion that motherhood places one in a situation that brings out one’s courage and ability to adapt or perhaps speaking out with proper communication.


Downs, M. (2015, July 1). Tim Gunn and a Leaky Shower: Welcome to my Life, Little Guy . Washington Post .

Communication Strategies, edited by Group Emerald, Emerald Publishing Limited, 2004. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.proxy-library.ashford.edu/lib/ashford-ebooks/detail.action?docID=282890.

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