Page 9… Later that day, Mom said the one thing I was hoping she wouldn’t. “Tomorrow, you will have to start at a new school.” I was really not looking forward to the next morning. Page 10… When Mom woke me up in the morning, I wanted to cry. I so did not want to go to school. I was so scared to start at a new school where I knew no one.
Yunior’s mother would like to learn english, but neither her sons or husband will help her learn; her sons claiming it does not matter and her husband thinking she would not be able to grasp the language. Later on, his mother becomes more bold and leaves the house to go for rather short walks in order to get out of the house and feel less trapped and depressed. Yunior goes into great description when speaking of the weather, his father, and the outdoors. Further, through his point of view we are able to know of his opinions and thoughts. Without the first person narrative, the audience would not have the necessary details to know what is going on and the context of the dialogue.
For parents who work, it can be hard to find a babysitter for their children when they have a couple days off of school. McCracken had a mom that taught in a traditional school, but she and her sister were in a year round school so they were by themselves for a long time. When they had 2 to 3 weeks off of school it was hard to find a babysitter for a short amount of time (“The Pros and Cons of Year-Round Schools”). Additionally, most year round schools have 45 days of learning, then they have a 15 day break, before they go back to school again (“Year-Round Education Program Guide”). This schedule puts so much pressure on parents to find a good babysitter for 15 days only, then having to find another babysitter 45 days later.
On that day me and my 4th grade class had to walk outside in a line and face the front of Charles Campagne Elementary School. When we got back to our class, our teacher, with a tear in her eye, quietly said, “On September 11th, 2001, two planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York city.” I shrugged it off. At that age I just saw 9/11 as another school lesson, I didn 't know it was really important until years later. When I was in the 8th grade, the was a 21st century trip to the 9/11 museum. My mom really wanted me to go, but my dad stayed quiet when I brought him the news.
Living their home country just so my siblings and I could get a better education and better life. As we all know, life in America is not that easy when you are newbies. As an 11 years old kid, I wouldn't know what to do or how to help my parents when they are going through a tough time. All I do was go to school, come home, and do some reading. Besides, school wasn't that easy for me because I didn't know English and I couldn't communicate with the people around me nor the teachers.
As a teenager moving to a new country with a different culture, different language, and being thousands of miles away from everyone I grew up with was not an easy change, however, that was precisely what I did in January of 2013 when I came to the United States with my father. My whole world changed since, and shaped my way of thinking. From learning English, adjusting to a new culture, experiencing my first snow and finding my way in my new country, my life has been an exciting adventure. My parents brought me to America almost 5 years ago to have a better life, and to get a better education. When I first got here, I did not know how to speak, read or write English.
My hands were glowing again, faintly in the morning light. Panic was now threatening to seize me; I needed to talk to the Old Woman in the Sealed Grounds, as Fi had called them, immediately. Even though she hadn 't been very forthcoming, I had a feeling that she knew more than she had let on. I hid my hands in the folds of my white dress, afraid of what Karane might say if she saw them. I was shaking, not because I was cold, but I was frightened.
Their lack of a bond could very well be the reason why Virgil doesn’t go to school, as latchkey kids are often psychologically affected in that they are more likely to create their own rules as no one is making them for him (Huff, Ken. "The Lonely Life”). If this is true, then it shows how the destruction of their culture has created a disinterest in one important activity such as school. He also lacks a bond with his mother and the rest of his family as he doesn’t get to spend time with them because they are not placing an importance on unity like most First Nation cultures do. This is further proven when Virgil’s uncle Wayne says, “Maybe it was the son of her’s what’s-his-name… Vinnie… Virgin…Virgil” (Taylor 34.)
I was reluctant to speak to a lot of people due to my speech impediment. I introduced myself to her, and without knowing, we became best friends. Due to my friendship with her, people began to look at me differently. I could tell, but I ignored it hoping the uneasiness would go away, but of course, it didn’t. The next few weeks were hard, but I endured.
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
One of the reasons I would like to be a wreath layer is because my grandpa was in the Korean War. When he was 21, he went to military training in Blackstone, Virginia. He then left from Seattle on a boat on a two week journey to Japan. All of the guys on the boat would be sick by the time they got to Japan. He then had more training in Japan for about four more weeks.
“Neither of the boys screamed but the grip of their arms tightened and their mouths grew peaked.” (98) Even though the twins didn’t scream, they were both still scared since they were alone at night. The twins had no idea what the noise was because they missed the battle. They both thought that it was the beast since one of the littluns had claimed that they had seen it before. They were too afraid to explore what it was because they were alone in the dark, watching the fires. They didn’t even bother looking for the beast since they anxious since they believe that the beast is real.
When Nancy first came to the United States it took a lot of time for her to get a decent job. She had already finished school since she was 19 but she wasn’t able to go to college. It meant so much to Nancy to be able to send Dilcia to American public schooling and then eventually to college. She instilled the philosophy of always working hard, do her absolute best in everything you do, and take your schooling seriously. When she came home from school, Dilcia would immediately sit down and do her homework.
Not only was I upset because I was leaving a place I have called home for eight years, but because I was leaving my friends and most importantly my dad and brother. This whole experience was alarming at first. I was frightened that the friendship I had developed over the years with my older brother would go to waste. I thought I would be omitted by my family in Texas and I didn 't know what life would be like with my dad and brother thousands of miles away. Well from the moment I stepped off the plane into New Jersey something clicked.
When my dad told me that we were coming to the united states, I was excited but at the same time, I was mad that we were leaving some close family members behind. The people that I was mad about leaving behind were my grandfather, grandmother and my cousins. But I had to accept the fact that my education comes first and with better education comes a better life and that is all I want. Coming to America wasn 't hard at all financially because my dad was already here since he was a teen. So when, we came to America, we stayed with my uncle for about 3 weeks, then we moved to my aunt 's house for about a year.