My Mother’s Strength
Unlike Gary Soto in “Looking for work.” I didn’t look to the television to imitate what my idea of a family was. My family included my mother, my brother and my sister and that was enough for me. I never really focused on not having a dad around; it wasn’t as important as having our mom, who was always there for us. Many people believe that to be a productive family there needs to be two parents in the household. However, I know different. My mother was both parents and did just fine as a single mother raising and supporting three kids all by herself. Mom was the nurse that made me feel better whenever I got sick. She was teacher, because she taught me to read and to write. She cared and loved me but also punished me whenever I did something wrong. Mom was my best friend. I could talk to her and confide in her for anything. There is no power greater than my mother’s strength. Her strength has molded me and made me into who I am today: I’m someone that’s looking to better her life with hard work and perseverance.
I lived in a block where people didn’t really work or attend school. The majority were on welfare. Mom would always say to me, “You are not where you come from but you can use where you came from to better your life.” I used my surroundings as the motivation I needed to become a better person. I didn’t want to be like my neighbors. To be different, I had to act different. So that just what I did. I attended school and got good grades. I was hardly outside with the bad kids from the neighborhood. I never got into trouble with the police. To me, my block was nothing like the ordinary.
Gary Soto describes his working class neighborhood “ We lived in an ordinary block of mostly working class people.” (Soto: Looking for Work, p27Re-Reading America) Gary Soto was always outside. He loved to mingle with his neighbors. In his narrative, Soto states “I had a nine-year-old’s vision of wealth that...
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