A Lady Who Has Big Plans

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December 2, 2011 by WITS Editor

Do I have to be good? Do I have to be nice? Do I have to eat with a napkin in my lap?Do I have to behave? Do I have to talk with difficult words? Do I have to dress nice? Do I have to walk straight?  Do I have to obey people?  Do I have to sit with my legs closed? “Yes, you need to.”  Why can’t I play like I did when I was a child?  Do I have to wash the clothes? Do I have to prepare my own food? Do I have to clean house? Do I have to go to school? Do I have to learn? Do I have to go to church? Do I have to be a girl that has manners?  “Yes, mija,you have to if you want people to see you like a lady who has big plans for the future.” Oh, okay, Mom.  I’ll be the lady who has big plans.

By Lesly, 7th grade

Art by Brian Andreas

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