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FC: Esperanza's personal Journal By:Lauren B #5

1: Date:June 13 Dear Journal, I love where I live and my life! I love to help my wonderful papa’s farm. My abuelita will come and teach me to sew little mountains on her quilts. My birthday is coming up and i’m gonna be thirteen! Some people say I look like my mom with my hair in all. After all we both have beautiful wavy black hair. My papa’s brothers are kind of mean though. They don't care about me! You’d think that they hate me. Spending time with my father is great sometimes if you press your ear to the ground hard and and listen well in silence for a while you will hear the earth breath. Well this was my first journal entry hope it wasn’t that bad bye. Sincerly, Esperanza

2: Date: June 14 Dear Journal, I am very worried my papa hasn’t gotten back yet. Someone said something about bandits. I am worried with a dark and wet spot in my heart aching for him to come home. After all my birthday will be tomorrow and I want papa to be there. He always gets me these special little dolls. If I could have anything for my birthday it would be my father to come home justin time for my birthday celebration. My mama and I are extremely worried. My uncle Tio Luis doesn't even care though. He hardly doesn't even care about me. It seems that my life was good one minute and sad the next. Sincerly, Esperanza

3: date:June 15 Dear journal, When I woke up this morning I got some unexpecting news. Turns out my papa is dead :(. He was killed by bandits. What was left was his belt buckle. What makes me angry is that Tio Luis WORE it! I was so mad and then guess what? He ask mama to get married. Of course she said NO. He has never liked me. Why did all of this have to sprung on me on my birthday. So now my special birthday feast is my poor father's funeral. Everyone is sad. A bit ago is when I had to open my presents but the one I just couldn't bare to open was my father’s present to me. When I had opened the box there was a beautiful doll from him. I felt as If my heart sunk and I grabbed the doll and walked upstairs into my room leaving all the other presents behind. I just wish I could speak to one of those bandits and yell at them. Your Friend, Esperanza

4: Date:June 16 Dear journal, Me and my mama thought of a plan. Me and my mama will go to the United States and live in California and work at a farm. I am not sure exactly how the plan is going to play out but all I know is that it will save me and mama from a lot of harm from that tio luis. If we were to stay Tio Luis would've made me go a stupid manner school. To be honest I think my manners are lovely compared to his. If I could have anything it would be my father. From, Esperanza

5: Dear Journal, Me and Miguel got in a fight and he left. I feel as if this is all my fault and I miss him so SO much. But then later on I found out he took my savings with him. Man, I was SO angry at him for that! I mean I spent so long making that and now abuelita will never get home. Soon later on we had to meet Miguel at the bus. I was trying not to smile because he took my money but I could hardly bear it because I missed him so much. But then he helped a small passenger get off the buss. Better yet watching my mother see her. From, Esperanza

6: Date:June 17 Dear journal, Tio luis set our house on fire and now we are planning to escape for good. Because of this abuelita will not be able to travel with her hurt poor ankle she hurt in the fire. Now it is night and we are in a wagon to escape. Miguel and his friend are pouring fruit to the floor. So if anyone suspicious sees us, since its night it will look like a boy and his father bringing fruit to the market. Abuelita is not coming because of her ankle but she will soon come if she can access some of tio luis’s money from his bank. This worries me, abuelita may not make it there because tio luis can prevent her from using the bank to get her travel money. Also even worse what will tio luis do when he finds out that we left? What will he do to abuelita? And will he force the facts out of her? As you can see I am extremely worried and want to curl up in a ball and cry. When will I see her again? Sincerely, Esperanza

7: n | Date:June 17 Dear journal, Tio luis set our house on fire and now we are planning to escape for good. Because of this abuelita will not be able to travel with her hurt poor ankle she hurt in the fire. Now it is night and we are in a wagon to escape. Miguel and his friend are pouring fruit to the floor. So if anyone suspicious sees us, since its night it will look like a boy and his father bringing fruit to the market. Abuelita is not coming because of her ankle but she will soon come if she can access some of tio luis’s money from his bank. This worries me, abuelita may not make it there because tio luis can prevent her from using the bank to get her travel money. Also even worse what will tio luis do when he finds out that we left? What will he do to abuelita? And will he force the facts out of her? As you can see I am extremely worried and want to curl up in a ball and cry. When will I see her again? Sincerely, Esperanza

8: Dear Journal, We just got off of the wagon and we are in town now and let me just say there are so many poor men and woman and children. We must ride in a dirty car to get to the train. We just got on the car and there was a little girl and her mother. She and her mother look really dirty. I pulled out my doll and the girl went up to me and touched it. I quickly yanked it away and she started to cry. My mom apologized to the other woman for my rudeness and made a quick yarn doll and gave it to the girl. The mother said thank you and they got out of the car.Then the little girl waved at my mother and she waved back. Mom soon started to talk to me about what I did was rude in all. And now I feel a bit guilty. Well I better leave because I am about to get off the car and to on the train. Sincerely, Esperanza

9: Esperanza Entry:8 Dear Journal, It has been three days since my last entry. We have been on this train FOREVER. Everytime the train stopped. Miguel has taken this bag and gotten it wet and got back on the train. This makes me mad because they won't even tell me what it is! I just want to get off this dumb train. Im so tired and my clothes are dirty. We will be at the border any minute now and I am nervous if my papers are not in order or if they don't let me cross. What will I do? Well I have to go see you after the test. From, Esperanza

10: Date: Dear journal, We have just gotten off the train and good news I passed the border and so did Miguel and Alfonzo. Well I really didn't want to leave el rancho de roses but I had no choice. I am worried what the U.S. will be like. Also I really think that abuelita will not make it here. As we got passed the border we saw a buss full of mexicans that were being sent back to Mexico. It was sad thinking about how I might be sent back to Mexico by my self to be yelled at and startled by Tio Luis. I wish all this was just sprung on me at one time all together. First dad dies and now Tio Luis wants to marry mom and Abuelita can't travel cause of her ankle. So now were getting on the train I’ll wright as soon as I get on the train. Sincerely, Esperanza

11: Dear Journal, We’re in the train to los angeles to get picked up by a family of miguel’s. I hope they have a nice clean home. Also maybe some clean outfits to wear. After all my dress is dirty. Also maybe a child my age to hang out with. I am real nervous though because what if they dont even have running water or have a dirty home. Or at least food! Will the house be large or small? I am so worried and tired yet curious. Well I must go now because I see them and I’ll write once I’m in the car. Sincerely, Esperanza

12: Dear Journal, . A small family came to pick us up. Now im in the car riding to their camp. Although there was a girl there named Isabel. She asked me if I was the rich girl Miguel had talked about. This made me feel like hiding and crying. Soon I asked when we’d get to the camp. They said in a couple hours. Soon we made a stop at a field and laid on the grass and I heard the Earth breath. Tears started rushing down my face and Miguel came over and said sorry for what Isabel said. Now Im at the camp. It is so dirty here and there is a mean girl here named Martha that won't stop talking about striking. This is because we don’t even have running water like all of the other camps. I really don’t want live here. I talked to my mother and she said that it’s better that we left because if we had stayed me and her would not be together because Tio luis would of sent me to school far away. I have to go to bed now but I will write in in the morning if I have time. Sincerely, Esperanza

13: Dear Journal, Today I must stay home and care for the babies lupe and pepe. Soon Isabel will go to school in a couple of weeks so I must learn the daily chores at home.. Im not sure how all of this is gonna plan out. I hope that I can do these chores correctly. I will write in my journal later but now is when this whole day of tough chores begins. Sincerely, Esperanza

14: Dear Journal, Mama is sick. She is in the hospital with a lung sickness. I am gonna work for now on because I must pay for the bills. I have gotten practice from Isabell so I think I will do an acceptable job. The doctor said she had a dust sickness in her lungs because her lungs were not used to the air. All I can do is work to help mama by working and visiting her every second I can. I dont know what to do. The doctor said I can not visit her anymore for a while. I must wait for six months. From, Esperanza

15: Date;January 4 Dear Journal, Me and Miguel got in a fight I said some things I didnt mean. He left and took my savings for abuelita to come. This was when mama came back home. I was angry when Miguel wanted to see us because I thought that the reason why he was mad he stole my cash. When I saw him get off the bus I tried to look angry at him even though I wanted to run up and hug him. Then he helped a small passenger and turns out its was Abuelita. Tears ran down my face and I hugged her. Right now Abuelita is about to see mama. I’ll right later and tell you how it went. From, Esperanza

16: Date:January 6 Dear Journal, Mama screamed when she saw a Abuelita. Well not a bad scream but a scream of joy! I was so happy. I showed abuelita the blanket but I did not finish. She tried to finish it and Isabel helped too. I am glad this little family is together again!!! Oh by the way I gave Isabel my doll I thought she deserved it because since I’m too old to play with it I thought she would enjoy it. After thats what papa would of wanted. Sincerely, Esperanza Esperanza

18: "Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are." DESMOND TUTU

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