Literary Journalism
"This is How you Behave in School"
Ricardy: Go to school. Do your homework. Respect your teachers. Talk to them. I always talk to them. This is how you behave in school. Don’t never insult people who are older than you. I never insult people older than me. Go clean the bathroom. But I always do. You are going to be punished if you don’t do your homework. But I always do my homework.
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Hey, Sherlandy: Be respectful to us as your parents and to people you don’t know. I taught you how to pray to God when you need help. I know you’re trying to make me have a better future than you had in Haiti because there were fewer opportunities. You are a cute, young boy. Don’t get any girls pregnant. Don’t be the follower, Be the leader in your life. Be the example to everyone. You say the same thing every day, mom. You have a great opportunity in front of you, son. Graduate high school and go to college. I don’t want to let you down. I want to put that big smile on your face again. Mom, I love you.
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Go to school and study as hard as you can. Respect people older than you. Do your homework. Don’t get into trouble. Respect your teachers. But I always respect my teachers. Don’t be a doctor. Don’t be a singer. Don’t be a scientist. Be a teacher. But I don’t want to be a teacher. When I grow up, I want to be a singer. Go inside when it is 10 pm. But I’m always inside when it is 10 pm. You are not allowed to go everywhere you want to go. Be sure not to get a boyfriend until you are 16
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Focus and work hard in school. You’re a not a stupid girl -- that’s why you should make good choices. Learn how to do your own laundry. Take care of your little brother. Make sure that he eats and does what he’s supposed to do. But he never listens to me. Respect yourself and others; if you don’t respect yourself then how are you going to respect others? I do respect myself and other people. Learn how to cook your own meals instead of eating junk food every day. I know how to make healthy food to have a good diet. We came here for you to have better opportunities than you had in France so don’t let these chances escape from you. You can be whoever you want. I want to be someone successful and achieve my goal of becoming a newscaster.
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Be kind to people. Be a better person. What if they are mean to me? Just be the bigger person and let it go. Help me around the house. Do your chores. This is how you cook. This is how you iron. This is how you talk properly. This is how you sit properly. Pay attention to your teachers. Do good at school and get A’s. Get a scholarship. Make sure you use every opportunity you find and don’t waste them. Be successful and become a doctor. Be nice to your brothers and sisters. I will, but will they be nice to me, too? Get up every Sunday morning and go to church. Leave the living room when guests arrive. But the TV is in the living room and I want to watch my movies. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t because you’re a girl. Don’t give up on things. I won’t give up.
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