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Best Celebration

Life Story Club Contributor

Feb 19, 2020

I remember when my daughter was three years old, she graduated from play school to go to kindergarten. There was a big party and it was very emotional and happy because they were so little and they were so beautiful and they were making history. It was a graduation so they gave them diplomas and gave speeches for all of the children. It was very emotional and very good.

The other graduation was when she was eight years old from the primary school. Also a big party with the classmates, the teachers, the director, and parents. It was a very beautiful party.

The other one was in high school. It was all girls. There were only twelve or thirteen. A small group because it was a Catholic school. I think they don’t allow big numbers. Other schools have more than that.  

The fourth one was when she was in college, graduating at 22. A big party too. That was with 300 young people. It was with many different groups.

For me, watching my daughter graduate gave me satisfaction. She was a good student. She loved reading books. She loved to go to Barnes and Noble and the library. We explored all of that. All the reading. It was very good. I am happy. She is my only one child. I think she had the best tools for life because education is the main thing.

After the graduation ceremony in primary school, we went out to eat. She had pasta. She loves pasta. It was an Italian restaurant on first avenue. It is called Italian Village. Since she was a student, she was eating a lot of pizza in the breaktime.

I was working overtime sometimes. I was working weekends and holidays because I had to pay her tuition. Tuition was high at the time but now I think it is a higher price. I feel good working for some big reason. I did something good for my daughter because she’s part of myself. I want her to have the best. She appreciates it now. She’s working and doing good.

I was working but I was actually learning languages. I did learn English, writing, spelling, and talking at a community college. I did the high school equivalency. I am happy because I can do more things for me because of no time.

Feb 19, 2020 I remember when my daughter was three years old, she graduated from play school to go to kindergarten. There was a big party and it was very emotional and happy because the...

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Unfair Treatment

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Feb 12, 2020

In school I can remember when I was in primary school. I was treated unfairly by a teacher. I was doing arithmetic. I was good in arithmetic. I was good at it but she graded it unfairly for me. Because of this, I couldn’t pass second grade at all because the arithmetic grade was so low. At that time, you could not pass the grade if you did not pass one subject.

Usually, in South America, the same teacher teachers first, second, and third grade. Only one for every subject. It’s not like here. It was a long time ago and education wasn’t so developed. Now we have a lot of opportunities to learn, you know. So many opportunities: We have books, pencils, papers, and everything. I have a bunch of pencils at home. In my childhood, I only had one of them and one pen. Also, the papers, you had to save them up.

My country, the one I came from, is not rich in material, but we are rich in values. Your parents give you good values. They teach you respect. They teach you honesty. They teach you how to behave. Good behavior. No doing faces to the grown-ups. Say hello to everybody. Respect was very important at that time.

Now, people have changed. Modern behavior is not the same and the values have changed. Everything changes. Nothing stays the same forever.

I enjoy learning because I love learning and I love sharing. I am not greedy. I am expanded. I give. The more I give, the better I feel.

This is a materialistic country. Material does not make you happy. You cannot buy happiness with all the money in the world. Happiness comes from you and your values. Happiness you can give yourself, not another person. I grew up that way. I carry my values on my shoulder. I have fit in with every culture.

I am happy because I am not a fighter, I’m not greedy, I’m not talking about other people–which is not good, talking about other people–I am very respectful. If I have friendship, sometimes people tell me these things, but I forget. I am that way. My parents raised me up that way.

I don’t see so many other people who are that way. Do you see many people who are that way? I believe it is the family who can teach someone things like that. At school they can teach you knowledge and behavior and getting along with other people, but the principle is family. Good parents. Good behavior. It’s very, very important. If you respect yourself, you can respect other ones. If you don’t respect yourself, you will have no respect for anyone. That’s the way I am.

Feb 12, 2020 In school I can remember when I was in primary school. I was treated unfairly by a teacher. I was doing arithmetic. I was good in arithmetic. I was good at it but she graded it...

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Young Trouble

Life Story Club Contributor

Feb 5, 2020

When I was five or six year old I used to climb up to the fruit trees. I would want to pick the fruit but the branch would break off and I couldn’t get the fruit of the tree. And I would fall down and hurt my knees and elbow.

Then some other times here in New York. I had a Labrador retriever and I was walking down 2nd Avenue, 84th, I think. and crossing the street with the dog. The dog is kind of alone and two bikes pass by, one this way, one that way, totally in the back. I think my dog was hurt from the bike. I closed my eyes and the bikes passed through. When I opened the eyes, the dog looked to me and I looked down. Nothing happened.

That is the trouble. But you know, if you have a pet, you have to take care with you have a lot of responsibility, because they don’t know, taking. They don’t to save themselves.

Feb 5, 2020 When I was five or six year old I used to climb up to the fruit trees. I would want to pick the fruit but the branch would break off and I couldn't get the fruit of the tree...

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Neighborhood Stories

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Feb 5, 2020

I grew up in a very nice neighborhood, way up in the mountains. The name is La Paz, Bolivia. And the neighborhood is Obrajes. And I loved that neighborhood, because a long time ago the people used to use good education, like, saved their money, the deepening. The values of La Paz was different than they are now.

And when I was child, I was very happy because I was with my parents. My sister, brother, and I went to the school. But in the school, I learned that very nice hobby, you know, knitting, which I love very much now. But my parents didn’t want me to learn that hobby, because they say that is not good. But today I find out it is like an addiction.

Yeah, so because if you know knitting, your family [can craft] different items with very cheap wages. It is not very valuable, like when you buy in the store.

I think that’s when I learned that I used to love traveling. And I traveling for different places, like Europe. I met different kind of peoples with different cultures. And there were French, Australian, English, Italian, Spanish, and Hungarian. I traveled all around then I want to change. I loved also to learn languages. And then I changed places, like U.S.A., because I wanted to learn English. I flew to America and it’s very hard–the system of living is very hard–in America. Not like in Europe.

In Europe, the people have a different kind of mentalities. And America have different kind of mentality..

But in the way I was, when I was adopted, I was learn English, find friends, and make my family and have a daughter, very young daughter, which I am very happy. And now I am a senior. Is I am still enjoying the life. I came to New York 50 years ago. And it seems yesterday, I came.

Feb 5, 2020 I grew up in a very nice neighborhood, way up in the mountains. The name is La Paz, Bolivia. And the neighborhood is Obrajes. And I loved that neighborhood, because a long t...

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