Anna’s father was so strict that Anna couldn’t even go to school in whatever the situation was. Not like Sandra who could go to school and take English classes because her father didn’t care, but in Anna’s situation, her father didn’t want to hear any advice about Anna getting an education. Two months passed and God answered Anna’s prayers. It was a miracle on how one day her father woke up and told Anna that she must be ready in two days so she may go to school, and register for classes. Anna rushed to her room and thanked God for sending such a great miracle.
Being born into a Hispanic family, I was constantly influenced by my parents, peers, and school officials to work harder than an average American kid because I was labeled as Mexican not American. My culture has strict, strong standards when it comes to having men lead the household, women bear and raise the children, and children follow the parents’ footsteps. However, I grew up contemplating to contradict my Hispanic heritage. It began with learning how to speak, write, and read English all on my own because my parents only knew Spanish. I knew my parents wanted a different future for my siblings and I, for they only made it to primary school before having to work and raise their first child.
As I can distinctly remember at age 4, my hurt for not living with my biological parents which was not their fault, but, all because my father’s aunt who had no children decided she wanted to have me live with her. This was a verbal arrangement of adoption, so there was no documentation to prove anything. My hurt was soon dispelled as I grew up realizing that even though they were not my parents, “they were my parents”. Initiative vs. Guilt tells us that, In order for a child to have control over initiative the child must first learn and accept that there are things that are not allowed and things that they will need to be punished for.
Not to get into trouble. I was thinking that my parent didn’t trust me, even knowing am going to be home after the concert and they let my brother go last year and this year. That whole week I stayed at a friend's house, so my parent wouldn’t know. I also had to stay away from my brother, if he saw me he would tell my parent. But he did end up seeing me at the Luke Bryan concert.
In other words, Mark Mathebane believes the same as the gang which they stated they did not like school because it was a waste of time and money. Later on, He claims that school is important when Mark Mathebane says “ With tears streaming down my cheeks and falling upon my mother’s bosom, I promised her that I would go to school forever” (10). He promised his mother to go to school forever because his mother never went to school because her father said that school was unnecessary for females. She promised him that she will do everything in her power to keep him in school and in return, the mother will someday will go to school even when she is old. In the book
So my mom taught me to not be negative or rude to those who had that one barbie everyone wanted so bad. But when we did have money, I would get rewarded with a toy because I would be doing good in school or behaved well at home. However when it came to my older siblings, they weren’t gifted with the same opportunities like me. My brother and sister were high school drop outs, so they really didn’t set the right example for me. Their actions led to me setting high standards for myself because everyone in my family thought I would be a highschool drop out like my siblings.
The whites show no empathy for anyone but themselves. Even when I was a boy there was discrimination because of my color. I had a secret friend. He was my best friend but whenever I would spend time with him, his parents would tell him they don’t want a “nigger” running around “this house”. We both knew
In early January of 2017, my mom had called my school so that she could talk to me. She cried very hard when I talked to her while trying to tell me that she had gone to a different country and would come back soon. I could not figure out why she cried, it worried me, When I asked my dad, he just told me she would come back soon but would not tell me her reason for crying. When she came back, she seemed just fine and did not cry once, so I decided not to ask her about why she cried over the phone because I wanted to see her remain happy. A few weeks later my mom had come to speak to me and my sister about how our young cousin died and educated us on how we should feel really grateful we still live together and how we should take care of each other.
While our parents dropped use off for the weekend, she stated quite firmly overshadowing my parents’ laughter and joy “girls do not play football.” Over the course of two days, our grandmother took every opportunity to kneel down to whisper into my sister’s ear, by Sunday night when our parents came back to get us my sister was programmed to say that she didn’t want to play football because she might get hurt and girls don’t play football. Since the time this article was written many social norms have changed, but when Fallows’ wrote this piece, I believe he was a bit of a revolutionary pointing out a bias so accepted that it was absurd to think
After realizing it’s not his parents fault for being poor he says, “Seriously I know my mother and father had their dreams when they were kids. They dreamed about being something other than poor, but they never got the chance to be anything because nobody paid attention to their dreams” (11). His parents had a conflict with the world, they had aspirations, but since they were living on the reservation they weren’t given chances. This conflict reveals that Junior is understanding because he knows people on the reservation aren’t given any real chances to accomplish anything the only way for him to get a chance was by leaving. While talking to Mr. P about his sister, he realizes, “Had she been hanging on to her dream of being a writer, but only barely hanging on, and something made her let go” (39).