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Silvestre Salinas (Mexico)
An excerpt from Silvestre’s story in the 2012 edition of THE JOY OF WRITING:
“When I started high school and promised my mom that I will finish high school and will be a professional person. After three years, I finished high school. Then she told me that she didn’t have financial support for me anymore because she lost her job. She decided to come back to her house and take a long rest. But I told her not to worry about this. I tried to work and study at the same time for a year and a half. I think I did a good job during this time but when I started the 4th semester, I was exhausted. I told myself, “I’m not going to make it because it’s too hard to do this in Mexico. Maybe it’s not so hard in another country like the USA, Spain, England, Japan, Canada, or France for example.”
In 2000 I decided to move to the U.S.A. with my new wife. We wanted to start a new life. Then in 2001 our first child was born. After three years, my mom came to the U.S.A. I thought, “Finally, I’m going to live with my mom for a long time.” I thought during this time that I lived with her was the best time that I ever spent with my mom. We talked about experiences and we went to many places together.
She gave me lots of advice about how to care for my kids and family. Every day she told me how much she loved me. I think it was good to live with her because nobody gave me advice before.”
Regina Okod (South Sudan)
Regina’s story in 2012 edition of THE JOY OF WRITING:
“On July 9, 2011, my country was born. My new country is called South Sudan. The capital city is Juba.
Here in America I celebrated the independence of my country in Richmond. First I watched the celebrations live on TV. I never slept all night. Some people called me from Juba and Tennessee and Washington, D.C.
In the morning I went to church. The bishop talked about the promise in the Bible when the people of Cush will be free. He was talking about my people.
After church I went to party. I danced and ate Foofoo and meat. I went home at 3:30 in the morning. I felt so happy!”
Pick up a copy of THE JOY OF WRITING, our collection of student essays, at the Literacy Volunteers office.