''They're good for holding a baby when your cooking, Rachel says, turning the jump rope a little quicker. She has no imagination.''
''And i don't till Mama gets back and buys everything except the shoes''
''Someday I will have a best friend all my own''.
''They've got plenty to say to me and Nenny inside the house.''
''You need to dance, says Lucy. If you don't get them you may turn into man. Nenny says this she believes it. She is this way because of her age. That's right, I add before Lucy or Rachel can make fun of her. She is stupid alright, but she is my sister''.
''Now Uncle Nacho is coming in his car, and we have to hurry to get to Precious Blood Church quick because that's where the baptism party is, in the basement rented for today for dancing and tamales and everyone's kids running all over the place''.
''But outside they can't be seen talking to girls. Carlos and Kiki are each other's best friend ...not ours. Nenny is too young to be friend. She's just my sister and that was not my fault. You don't pick your sisters, you just get them and sometimes they come like Nenny. She can't play with those Vargas kids or she'll turn out just like them.''