S: Esperanza's Diary
FC: By Julia | Esperanza's Diary
1: Esperanza's Diary | By Julia #25
4: My Birthday is Coming, September 5th 1930 Dear Diary, My name is Esperanza Ortega, I am twelve years old, but almost thirteen. I am the only child of wealthy ranch owner, Sixto Ortega. In my mind still floats the memory of a day six years ago when he brought me out to the field where he taught me to listen to the earth. Life is good for me and all I have to do is wait until my Quinceañeras when I turn fifteen and am allowed to marry and rise to Mama's position. The only problem is, I can't leave my parents. I can't imagine life without them.
5: The Tragedy, September 12th 1930 Dear Diary, I now write from the servant's cabin from the servants cabin. Our house has been burned down and Papa is dead. We believe him and his men were killed by bandits, but I think otherwise . I think that it was Tío Luis who did it. A few days previous, (after Papa’s death) he came over and asked for Mama’s hand in marriage. I suspect he’s doing this so he can easily win the role of. It always works out better when you have some farm land. When Mama said no, he said she’d regret her decision. I think that’s why it’s been burnt.
6: Our Plan, September 16th 1930 Dear Diary, We are going to America (California to be exact) to escape the dangers of what might happen next. Mama has told Tío Luis that she is going to marry him, but really she’s not. Sh would never marry such a horrible man. We are going to trick him, and take a train to California where we will live in an immigrant camp. Now, the only question is, will I ever come back?
7: On the Train, October 7th 1930 Dear Diary, A couple weeks ago we went on the train. Everyone was dirty and it smelt bad. It was a very rough ride. Just trust me, the ride was absolutely terrible, I hated every single piece of it. I can’t even find the words to describe how horrible this ride was. Trust me, never go on a train, I certainly know I never will again. The good thing is that we’re in California, and we’re at the camp. I’m so glad we’ve finally gotten away from Tío Luis.
8: One Year Later, September 6th 1931 Dear Diary, It has been over one year since I started writing in this diary, and almost one year since my last entry. My fourteenth birthday will be coming soon. So much has happened in the last year. Mama was sick with valley fever, but after so long she is better. I had to get a job as well as some of my friends. We found Abuelita on the train. That’s when Mama started to get better. Things are finally starting to get better.
9: Dear Esperanza, I would love to meet you someday. We could ask lots of questions and lots of things. Such as, how were the first eleven years of your life? Did you think you would be able to go back? Did you ever like Tío Luis? Even when you were little? What about your other uncle? Was he as mean as Tío Luis? I don’t know. I am currently thinking of the many things I would ask you. Please reply, and I hope we could meet! | The Meet-Up, January 3rd 1932 | Esperanza Ortega 5279 Road ,California
10: Property of: Esperanza Ortega If found please return to: Esperanza Ortega 5279 Road ,California This journal was started on: September 5th 1930 And ended on: January 3rd 1932
11: The End El Fin