The time I accidentally discovered I was a great sales person

*This was originally posted on my other blog.* I looked at the lady, then at her son, then at my orange balloon, then back at the lady. I took a few seconds to analyze the situation: I had something she wanted. No, even better. I had something her son wanted--her crying son. But, I wanted it too. On … Continue reading The time I accidentally discovered I was a great sales person

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But, you speak English

*This was originally posted on my other blog.* "She speaks English!" my dad announced. "Come here and help your cousin with his homework," he said. I was sitting on the floor with my sister, most likely playing with a toy. I must have been in third or fourth grade and as my dad had proudly … Continue reading But, you speak English

The wedding

*This was originally posted on my other blog.* "I'll bring the rings." "I'll bring soda." "I'll bring cups." "Okay, so tomorrow at lunch time, everyone meet here for the wedding!" Here meaning behind the classroom, in the nice, grassy area, under the trees. It was the perfect spot, really. There was enough shade and a … Continue reading The wedding

Smell it

*This was originally posted on my other blog.* "Do you want to smell it?" "I guess," I said. I leaned across the desks and placed my elbow down for support, my pencil still in hand. The pencil was closest to my face in this position. The boy held the little plastic bag open for me. … Continue reading Smell it

Sno Balls

*This was originally posted in my other blog.* Most mornings, my mom walked us to the bus stop and waited until we got on the bus to leave. My dad usually left for work in the morning and we would see him when he returned in the evenings, just in time for dinner. For a … Continue reading Sno Balls

Shampoo or soap?

*This was originally posted on my other blog.* "I've never seen this many white people before" was the first thought that came to my mind when I walked through the office building and onto the main campus of this private, Palo Alto school. It seemed like hundreds of fair-skinned, blonde, blue-eyed girls were all corralled … Continue reading Shampoo or soap?

School lunches

*This was originally posted on my other blog.* On Wednesdays, we were served McDonald's cheeseburgers. Wednesday was probably my favorite day in elementary school (except for maybe the last day of school). I always wondered how many cheeseburgers the school had to order to feed a whole school. I also wondered if McDonald's delivered or if … Continue reading School lunches

That’ll teach her not to mess with men

*This was originally posted on my other blog.* "That's what she gets," one of the boys said in between laughs. "Pa' que aprenda que no se tiene que meter con los hombres." That'll teach her not to mess with men. I was taught to think that boys were tougher, rougher, stronger, and meaner than girls. … Continue reading That’ll teach her not to mess with men

Standing up for myself

*This was originally posted on my other blog.* I walked into my classroom, the way I always did, without paying too much attention to my surroundings. My friends and I fanned out and headed towards our assigned seats. The desks were usually pushed together in groups of four or six. Our seating chart had been … Continue reading Standing up for myself

Fearless mom

*This was originally posted on my other blog.* The automatic gate to the underground parking lot was still open, so my mom told me to run inside before it closed. I wasn't fast enough and I fell behind. I stopped in front of the gate, thinking it was too late. The problem was that my … Continue reading Fearless mom