First free summer

First free summer

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  • I never had a free summer. I was always in summer school.
  • What is a proper noun?
  • A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
  • Why do I need to learn English?
  • I would learn my English. That was the problem. Enlgish.
  • I'd squirm in my seat and say "Yes, sir."
  • My mami and I would meet with the principal to discuss "my special summer lessons" (Alvarez 265)
  • She's going to work extra hard.
  • By fifth grade I straightened out. I vowed to get my free summer.
  • A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
  • But when summer came around everyone was fleeing to America.
  • "Why are they secret if they're police?" (Alvarez 266)
  • Day after day, I'd kicked a deflated beach ball around the yard.
  • Toward the end of the summer my mother told my sister and I that we were moving to America
  • "Good news girls!..We're leaving for the United States" (Alvarez 267)
  • Why?
  • We're leaving soon. Go get ready.
  • So my sister and I raced off trying to figure out how to fit our Dominican lives into four small suitcases.
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