A Day Worker’s Letter to My 16 Year Old Self

10 Feb

In our writing class at the Day Worker Center, we wrote a letter to the person we were when we were 16 years old. This one is from Jacqueline to herself. The English version is below the Spanish.

Siempre estuvo en mi mente
Cuando yo contaba con la edad de 16 años, me encontraba viviendo en México—en el ceno familiar, con mi padre, madre y hermanos, todos juntos en la casa de la familia. Recuerdo que mi padre nos dio escuela a todos a unos más y otros menos pero siempre nos la dio. Nunca imaginé a esa edad que yo podría vivir en los E.E.U.U. y tampoco hablar otro idioma como es el Ingles. Siempre estuvo en mi mente y en mi corazón ser una persona diferente con un poco de calidad humana para poder ser de influencia a otras personas, para un cambio a favor de la humanidad. Estuvo en mi mente ser enfermera, pero nunca lo traté. Siempre estuvo en mi mente ser diferente y no seguir la típica tradición, o al menos ser una persona de cambios.

When I was 16 years old, I found myself living in Mexico, with the family unit—my father, mother and siblings, all together in the house. I remember that my father provided for everyone—some more than others but he always gave us our education. I never imagined at this age that I could one day live in the U.S. or speak another language such as English. It was always in my mind and in my heart to be a different person with more human warmth, to be able to influence other people, to make changes that benefit humanity. I wanted to be a nurse, but I never tried it. However, it was always in my mind to be different and not follow the typical tradition, or at the very least be a vehicle for change.
Sincerely,
Jaqueline

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