Marisol, 10th - Oakland, CA
About the Author: Marisol is a 16 year old girl. She attends Oakland high school. She is known as a person who is always smiling and laughing. She has a big goal to become a pediatric nurse.
Me and my family were getting ready to go to my cousins house. Once we got there, I went into the room where my cousins were at and we started hanging out, talking about chisme, boys, and we made tiktoks. On this one day, my cousin told me:
“Dude, ask your parents if you can go to La Palma with us.”
“You ask them because then that way they would be like oh she wants her to go,” I replied.
We walked outside the room and the parents were already talking about it. How they wanted us to go to La Palma to visit our grandparents. La Palma Michoacan, is a place in Mexico where my parents grew up, It's a small village you could say, everyone knows eachother, its safe, there are many parties, its a very happy place.
I guess my aunt and uncle told my parents that they could take me and my sister to La Palma, that a few days later they made an appointment in Alameda to get our passports. Later on in the month we went to the great mall so we could get clothes, we also went to Ross and we got our suitcases, which was starting to make it feel so real. I was so excited but so scared. My aunt called my dad and said:
“Ya nos vamos para México el viernes” (“We're gonna leave for Mexico on Friday”).
After they finished their conversation, Me and my sister (Jennifer) had our conversation.
“Lets go start packing our stuff, so we dont have to later.” I stated
“Okay lets go, what should we pack.” She replied while looking at her closet.
“I dont know, lets check the temperature” I said…
“Im done packing are you almost done?” I stated
“Yes im almost done, what did you pack?” She replied…
It was during the summer when we left so we just waited patiently for two days.
The day of, we all got up at around 5:30 to drive to San Francisco airport for our flight. My parents were able to accompany us for a bit but later had to leave. I had mixed emotions. I was sad, happy, excited, nervous, and scared because I'm scared of heights and roller coasters. We went through security, and soon enough entered this big shiny plane. My cousin Jaqueline sat in the seat next to the window. I sat in the middle and my aunt sat in the last seat. My sister sat with my other cousins and my uncle. Approximately an hour after we boarded the plane the flight attendant came to us and said:
“Would you guys like anything to eat?”
“Yes please, can we have two maruchanes?” we replied.
She came back and we ate the food and we were soon arriving at La Palma, Michoacan. Once we landed we got our bags and we got on a bus. After the bus we saw two of my uncles who were there to pick us up and take us to mi Teresa’s house. I remember sleeping in the car and waking up to tearing eyes.
I was sleeping but I was crying and the reason was because I was sad that I had left my parents. First thing I noticed when we were driving was the trees they looked so bright and beautiful like summer at its finest. When we got to my grandma's house I noticed her house and I noticed another house that had Christmas lights on the window. My grandma had a little table for La Virgen Maria. The first day that I arrived I also got a migraine so I wasn't able to enjoy the first day. I will say it was very windy that day at night.
A few days passed and I had now explored more of la palma. I visited la plaza. It was so nice and so spacious. It had its days where it was loud and it was quiet, the temperature was just right. The day came where they took us to meet my other grandparents which are my moms, dad and mom. I was so excited to meet them, we got there, My grandpa hugged me tight and said..
We said hi to my grandma. And after a while we left back to my other grandparents. I would go back and forth a lot so I could see my moms side too. One day I went with my cousins and my sister. My uncle had a motorcycle and he said.
“Se quieren subir a la moto ( do yall wanna get on the motorcycle)”
“Si pero no vaya rápido porque me da miedo ( y es but don't go fast cause I get scared)” I said. While I was there I also got on a horse for the first time.
“Les voy a traer el caballo para que se suban ( i'ma bring all the horse so you guys can get on it)” dijo mi tío José. That was my first going to Mexico.
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