On the surface, this snippet is all about the odd combination of building rockets vs town/family conflict. Taking a step backward, the opener is about growing up:
- When Homer was starting to build rockets, he was also starting to notice more about the world around him.
- He watched the different reactions towards what he was doing and questioned them.
These are all typical elements of a coming of age story.
For your writing, choose an activity and add some big unexpected learning about relationships or your community.
Here are some examples of what you could do.