FC: Esperanza's Journal
1: Journal Entry Four | Dear Diary, This will probably be the longest entry I will ever write. I have not written in you for so long and I wish I did more often because then I wouldn’t need to explain so much. We came to California and the train ride was horrible. When we made any stop Alfonso and Miguel would get off to get water for something in their bags and they wouldn’t tell me what it was! They almost missed the train one time. I was still sad about papa’s death so I took out the porcelain doll I brought with me. A little girl saw the doll and ran over to touch her. Of course I pulled away because she was dirty and so very poor. She started to cry and yelled something at her mother. Mama scolded me and made a doll for the little girl. When it came to their stop the little girl hugged mama and the mother thanked her. After a while a young woman got on the train and sat right across from Mama and Hortensia. She introduced herself and they talked for hours! When she got off she gave us two chickens and hugged Mama and Hortensia good-bye. When we got to Servant’s Camp we went to our cabin and the very next day Mama went to work and I had to watch two babies named Pepe and Lupe with a nice girl Isabel. I learned a lot and I had a job sweeping. After a while Isabel went to school and I was on my own. One day a lady I met came over and we sat outside and talked while the babies played. Then it happened. A huge sandstorm came. That is in fact why mama is in the hospital, I am doing her job, and my life is getting worse. Isabel wanted to be Queen of May but she didn’t get it since we are Mexican. I’m so tired of people treating us like dirt and saying we are not as good as them. I wish Abuelita was here, Mama was not sick , and none of this had ever happened. - Esperanza
2: Journal Entry Two | Dear Diary, Today, I was waiting for papa in the garden so we could do what we always do when he gets home. He didn’t come home at the usual time and me and mama started to worry. Hortensia sent out Alfonso and Miguel to look for him. They didn’t come back for hours and I started to worry again. When they did come back there was a sack in the back and I was waiting for papa to get out. Mama burst into tears after that but I didn’t understand. Then I knew, Papa had died. Killed by bandits. I still miss him and I will never get over it. Tio Luis came over afterwards and he asked Mama to marry him! She said no of course but Tio Luis told us she would regret it. I wonder what he’ll do. Could it be that bad? - Esperanza
3: Journal Entry Three | Dear Diary, Right now we are all laying down in the servants house. But this is only because of what had happened today. This morning when I wolk up my mother was screaming at me. She was saying something about the house and at first I didn’t understand what she was saying. Then I knew. The house was on fire and we had to get out of it as soon as possible. When we got out Abuelita was missing. Miguel saved her and it turns out she was getting her crocheting. We all know that Tio Luis and Tio Marco did it. Mama and everyone else has a plan. Tio Luis had come and asked mama to marry him ,again. Mama said yes but then we had a secret meeting. We will run away to California to find work with Hortensia’s family. Everyone agreed to work but when I said I would they all laughed. Now I know they can’t do it all! - Esperanza
4: Journal Entry One | 1930 Hi! My name is Esperanza. I am 13 years old and I have long, flowing, brown hair. I live with my mama and my papa on El Rancho De Las Rosas in Auguascalientes, Mexico. My maids names is Hortensia and she lives with her husband Alfonso and her son Miguel. I go to a private school with my best friend Marisol. I have the most beautiful dresses and they are so many colors with so many patterns. Every day when my papa is done working we lay in the garden and listen to the earth breath.It is a wonderful sound and I have done this with my papa since I was six years old. We have roses in the garden and sometimes Hortensia makes rosehip tea. There are three batches of roses, one is mine, one is papa’s, and the lastMiguel’s. Me and Miguel used to play a lot in the garden. It was a wonderful time. - Esperanza
5: Journal Entry Five | Dear Diary, This has truly been the best learning experience of my life. I have learned so much and I truly cannot believe my success. I wish oh how I wish I could have known before. I shall tell you it all so you will understand. It all started when Miguel was getting on my nerves. He was loosing his job and digging ditches. I told him he couldn’t live this way but he just stood there silent. I got so annoyed so I stormed out while Miguel chased after me. When we got to a field I stopped and turned around. “ Anza?” he said but I just told him it was no time for games or teasing. I told him he had dug ditches once and quit because he didn’t like it but now he was doing it again. I didn’t understand him much and he was trying to say something. I just screamed and asked why he ever came to this country. He told me that he wanted a better life. “You think this is better?!?!” I yelled. He stared at me and I asked again. No response. I told him he was still a servant and asked if he’d rather be doing something he hates or living a nice life. He told me he thought we’d be on the same side of the river but he knows he was wrong now. The next day he left and he didn’t come back for weeks. When he did come back Mama was out of the hospital and I had enough money to bring Abuelita here but he had stolen it! he had told all of us to meet him at the train station. We got there. No sign of him. Then I saw him. Someone was behind him. Abuelita! After that me and Miguel started understanding each other better and we did everything together. I could finally hear the Earth breath again. - Esperanza
6: Journal Entry Six | If I could meet Esperanza from Esperanza Rising I would ask her if she really liked how she ended up and if change is actually good. I would ask her so many questions and ask what her life is like now. I’m very interested in her life and what the other people are like. I would ask what everyone is like and what she likes to do. I would also probably ask what the other servants are like and what the servant's camp is like. Esperanza Rising was a really good book and if there was a second one I would read it. I recommend it.