Independent by Paloma Abigail Rodriguez

I walked out of Subway just after I finished my delicious 6 inch chicken breast sandwich
I entered the waiting area at the bus station
I stop from the sound of a Hey!
I respond with a smile and a Hey as I see my grandmother’s old friend
She knows me since I was born
We shake hands and I greet her
Talking to this lady is somehow weird…

 I’m always shy and I use to hide behind my grandmother’s skirt as she and her friend had
a conversation

 This time, I feel the need to act mature
My grandma is not here; I can’t hide anymore

 We chat about my grandma, my mother, my long list of siblings, and my aunt that just
married
I sound mature and confident
I am wearing some sweat pants, a sweat shirt, tennis shoes on my feet, a heavy backpack
hanging on my side, a Dr. Pepper on my hand

I can’t but think how independent I have become
I just came out of a restaurant
I bought my own sandwich, my own chips, and my own coke with my own debit card
I opened my bank account with my first check

I am walking alone on my way to catch the bus to either go to my aunt’s house or my
own

What strikes me the most about this conversation is the fact that I am coming from
college; I am on my way home

The lady asks, “are you in college now?”
I say I am
I am a college student and I am moving forward to obtain a bachelor’s degree
Being a university student is great among those who have not gone to school
I can see the amusement in my grandma’s friend face
I think about the real college experience and how hard and competitive it is
How can I do it?
Truth is, I have already done so much
Twenty now and on my way…

Author: Paloma Abigail Rodriguez

My name is Paloma Abigail Rodriguez, and I was born in December 28, 1991 in H. Matamoros Tamaulipas Mexico. I am the oldest child and I have six siblings. I live with my mom, my stepdad, my brothers, and my sister.
I was raised in Mexico by my mom and my grandparents. I went to elementary school in Mexico, and I am a native Spanish speaker. I came to the United States when I was ten years old.
I was blessed to be brought to the United States because I learned the language and many customs and traditions. I am really happy to be where I am and I am proud to be who I am. My Mexican American culture is fantastic, and it is originally from the Valley. I celebrate Seis de Enero Dia de Los Reyes Magos as well as the last Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day. I am also a Christian, and I was saved by Jesus Christ. I am a student at the University of Texas at Brownsville, and I am a Biology major. My career goal is to become a Physician’s Assistant in order to use my knowledge to help people’s health. I really like writing because is an amazing form of expression, and it just feels good to write.

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2 Responses to Independent

  1. Eugene "Gene" Novogrodsky says:

    …a fine piece of growing, changing ….In fact, a beautiful piece; start to read in Deep South Texas! People need to HEAR you!

  2. Paloma Rodriguez says:

    Thank you Mr. Novogrodsky 🙂

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