I was born in a small town in Guanaguato, Mexico. The name of this place is Cerrito de Agua Caliente. It was a very poor town, but I was very happy there. I got married when I was nineteen years old. My husband and I moved to Huntington Beach, CA which had a big impact on my life. I was so young and I missed my family. I cried and felt sad all the time. As time passed, I got pregnant three times. Every time I had a child, I suffered from depression. It was a very bad time, but thanks to this sickness I am a new person – stronger and more confident. I now have and know a lot of people who are part of this change, including my brother and sisters, God, my tutor and Amy. Now I have a job. I feel happy to help my husband. Even though I have had a difficult time, I am grateful that my kids were born in California, so they can have a better life with more careers.
Literacy is all about learner goals. One of Celia’s literacy goals is to be able to express herself in writing. She and her tutor are very pleased with her progress!
If you believe in your dreams, make sure you work for the dreams in your life. I don’t know what you are looking for in your search. Believe in yourself and you can make your life great. I like learning because the more you know you can appreciate what you have.
The literacy program has tutors and people who help too. I go to the Literacy Program because I need to learn more English, writing, reading, speaking and pronunciation and conversation with other people when I need anything.
In the future I will get GED Certificate and a job.
Thank you to the Literacy Program classes. I improved my writing, my reading and spelling. I feel more confident to talk in the English Language. My tutor is a wonderful person. I enjoy talking to her. She knows a lot. Thank you Lani to be at the literacy program. I hope to speak English fluently soon.
I read your book Women of the Silk with my tutor when I was
working on my English grammar. I came from China when I was fourteen. Sometimes
when I read your book I felt so familiar with Pei’s culture, this made me feel
close to Pei. I really love her because she is a happy person no matter what
happens to her. She always has a positive attitude that teenagers today don’t
The way you wrote about the deep side of peoples hearts
touched me. For example, when Pei thinks about why her family never visits her
she always finds a positive excuse for them, like they’re to poor to travel.
That makes her sad, but still she understood. It doesn’t stop her being happy
with her life in the Girls House. This is like my situation. I really miss my
family in China, but they can’t come to visit me right here. Even though I have
visited them a couple of times, I still miss them so much. But like Pei, I
really understand they cannot come to the U.S. and enjoy my life and share with
them. And I’m growing as a person without them. Like Pei found a new family
with Auntie Yee and the girls, I find a lot of new friends too. We support each
other when we have hard moments in our life. I miss my aunt who is one of my
closest family members in China and she is very ill now. Like Pei, who worried
so much about her family, it makes me feel like Pei, worrying about my aunt.
Even through all the worry, Pei still managed her life to be
an independent person who’s responsible for her own life. I think Pei’s story
motivates me to be a strong person. I realize I can’t be stopped by sadness for
my aunt even though I can’t be with her right now.
Pei’s story shows me people are the same no matter where
they live or when they live. They should find courage to take care of
themselves. No matter what happens in their life they need to survive well like
Pei made the decision at the end of her story to survive even though she was
afraid. For me Pei’s story teaches me how important it is. I have to choose a
career which I enjoy and will always support me through the up and down times
in the future of my life.
I want to say thank you to you for writing such a good book.
It affected me a lot about how to deal with life. I really enjoyed the story.
You did a really amazing job, especially how you understand Chinese culture.
I was so impressed about Temple’s story. She was one of those kids who did not fit in
with the rest of the crowd. But she used
her unique abilities and passions in the right way to become successful in
life. Temple is a different person
because she was born with autism. Her
thinking was in pictures, not in words.
Autism helped her understand the feelings of animals, so she could make
their lives better. Her love of making things and creating saved her life. She
had tough times but she fought back. As
she grew up, she discovered that when one door closed, another door opened;
that made her happy. Temple learned to use her autism to help her reach her
goals. Temple’s success gave autistic
kids hope that success is possible for them.
I am from Vietnam. When I moved to the US, I couldn’t speak
English at all. I felt so isolated. It
was tough to deal with feeling like I didn’t fit in a new country. Then I found
an ESL school and went there until I learned to speak and write in English. It
was very difficult for me to learn a new language but I didn’t give up. My
English is now in progress. I went back to school with confidence that one day
I will get the degree that I want. I
realized that education is very important in my life.
Like Temple, I am not a perfect woman; but I always try
hard. I have raised my two beautiful
daughters to become well-educated and to follow their passions in life. My older daughter graduated from UCI with a
major in computer science and engineering. My younger daughter will finish high
school in May and go on to college.
Raising my daughters to be good people is one of my passions and the
other passion is to educate myself.
Whenever I have tough times, Temple’s story will remind me
that another door will open.