20 September, 2008
Love your Heritage
I met you 3 years ago and since our friendship has become stronger, I now feel free to tell you about certain things that really bother me. For example, the way you behave towards your heritage and your family. That day when your mom came to visit you in Fort Lauderdale I had the chance to sit and talk to her for a while, and I was impressed by the things she told me. During my conversation with your mom, she told me that you were so embarrassed of the house you used to live in. She also told me you were embarrassed to bring your friends over and with these words she mentioned, “She wrote me once that no matter where we choose to live, she will manage to come see us. But she will never bring her friends” (445). I can not imagine how you could break your mom’s heart like this. Poor women, she took such good care of you when you were a little kid, and now that you are gown you hurt her feelings without even noticing it. This is just so unfair! I understand that you came from a small town and know you are a different person since you moved to a bigger city. It is normal to pursue a better life, and even be ambitious. I remember your mother telling me, “Dee wanted nice things. A yellow organdy dress to wear to her graduation from high school; black pumps to match a green suit she’d made from an old suit somebody gave me” (445). Wangero, I do not think is healthy to be so ambitious and materialistic the way you are. You always wanted to have more than what your mom could offer you, and you never felt grateful for the effort she put on raising you as a single mother with almost any money in the pocket. You got to point of denying your own heritage, and as a friend I advise you to open your eyes and try to change your behavior before it is too late. I remember that you told me you even changed your name. Seriously, I think you are hilarious! You...
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