Monday, October 26, 2015

My Story ft My Mother and many others

I can name many people that have helped me co-create.
     My step-father that came into my life and took me to father daughter dances.
     My sister, who's rebellious nature made my parents keep a closer eye on me.
     My boyfriend that keeps me sane
     My best friend from middle school that opened my eyes
     My high school teacher Deloris Grant for giving me experience of a life time and making me try new things.
     My high school math teacher Anthony Kulla for making me love math and showing me his passion for teaching.
     My family in Guatemala for showing me to be grateful of every opportunity I have
     My aunt for letting me be a big sister to her daughter and newborn son
     My godmother for always being there
     and last but not least my mother.
My mother drove my older sister and I across the country from California to Canada/New England. She was a single mom for many years.She suffered financially for many years. She was an immigrant who worked hard, learned English and became a citizen. But she stressed the importance of her struggles and made me want to be educated and successful to make her proud. She is amazing for that. I wouldn't be here today if it were not for her. However for this assignment we had to choose our list and fill it with people who have both been good and bad in our lives and I've also had many bad experiences because my mother that has shaped who I am. When my mother moved cross country I lost the chance to ever speak to my birth father and that has always left me guessing. Because my mother struggled so much she stressed education. When my siblings were unable to continue their education the pressure was thrown on to me, the youngest and last hope. My mother found many ways to keep me close. She has said encouraging things and things that made me lose self esteem.
Everything she has done is for our sake and now I wish more than ever to have my diploma for her sake.


Have you ever felt invisible?

     I am a very shy and quiet person so the feeling of being invisible is something I know all too well. I tend to not stand out in a crowd nor do I like to draw in all the attention. Just this week I was siting in an office with a group of people when someone said something inappropriate, needless to say he definitely didn't remember I was still in the office. However I feel that being invisible is something that many people don't want to be, but when asked what super power you would want, many people say invisibility. I see my invisibility as a super power that allows to me observe the people around me with out drawing any attention.

Do Hobson or Nayyrah Waheed help you think about invisibility in a new way?

     Typically invisibility is seen as negative,I saw it as positive but in reference to Hobson and Waheed I understand why this is negative. I feel that we try too hard to avoid color because it makes us uncomfortable, and when we are uncomfortable we try to avoid something in hopes that it goes away. Color will never fade. We are not just our color but our color has helped in defining our live in different ways. It is important to talk about race. Action begins with awareness. If we didn't inform people about cancer because it make us uncomfortable we can never find a cure. The cure could be a milk farm for all we know!