My Developmental Experience

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Every morning, it was the same routine. My five-year-old self woke up at three in the morning to my dad gently shaking me. My 25-year-old mother would sit me up and dress me in my school clothes while I tried my best to hold my head up. At 3:30 a.m., we had to be in the car, and at that same time, my mother would whisper “Lo siento, princesita.” (I’m sorry, princess). It would be the last thing I heard from the back seat of the car as I slowly drifted off to sleep.
We would arrive at 4 a.m., and leave at 10:30 a.m. Between 4 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., I milked the cows with my mother. After school, from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., I would milk the cows, drive the skid steer, clean the corrals, feed the the animals and their young, and wash the eggs. I
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By the time I was seven, I was taking care of newborn twins while my parents continued to work two jobs in order to supply us four. Aside from that, I was already in charge of keeping the house clean, feeding my younger siblings, translating for my parents at the store, their jobs, at parent/teacher conferences, and their bills. Every time my parents struggled to speak English, I wanted to break the English language to prevent the sharp sounds from cutting their …show more content…
But I always think about all the years of work my parents have put in every since they were 16 years old. For this reason, I want to show my parents that they didn’t leave everything they knew and worked for 20 years for nothing.
Their efforts weren’t for nothing, though. I’ve done so much -- taking dual credit and AP classes, getting into the highest orchestra at school, teach other immigrants English, playing at concerts aside from school. I don’t have many awards to show my family, despite my accomplishments. To me, putting my effort and thought into everything I’ve done is worth much more than a piece of paper with my name on it.
Because of my accomplishments, I haven’t wasted all my parents’ efforts, just like I believed I did for so many years. Just like them, I’m building up higher off the few steps they started on. When I reach the top, I won’t forget to turn around and help them up. I won’t forget to kiss their sunburnt skin. I won’t forget to thank them. And I won’t forget to says these two words: “Lo hicimos.” (We did

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