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    Passing my pride on to my daughters and my students

    My name is Stephanie Melo and I was born in Brooklyn NY. At the age of 10, my parents decided to move to the Dominican Republic, where I stayed until I finished high school. I was raised in a...

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    • Dear Stephanie:

      I am inspired by your post “Passing my pride on to my daughters and my students” because the idea of having pride in oneself and one’s identity has always been one of my favorite topics to study. I cannot say that I completely relate to your experience because everyone is unique, but I can say that understanding the power of pride is one thing we share. I too wish to one day help people understand that they are appreciated and loved in this world.

      One sentence you wrote that really stood out to me was, “I used to reproach my parents for taking me there. but today I thank them because I don’t change the woman I am today for anything.” I think this is extremely important because I feel it ties your entire message together. It represents your journey to accepting yourself and attaining that pride. It also shows that you understand the struggle of learning to be prideful in oneself.  

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like the way you think. Your writing really captured my attention and your drive to help the world is contagious.  

      Sebastian Estrada,

    • Dear Stephanie:
      I am encouraged by your publication, “Passing my pride on to my daughters and my students,” because you are instilling in them that it is very important to know two languages. It is very important although we know that you will always hear an accent but it is not something to worry about. And we should be proud of it not ashamed as it will be a second language and it is to be admired. I admire that you want your daughters to be bilingual as well since it is very important to know more than one language so that you can communicate with different types of people.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: “I used to reproach my parents for taking me there. but today I thank them because I don’t change the woman I am today for anything.” that stands out a lot because my parents always try to do the best for their children, although at the time they do it we always see it as something wrong when you grow up you will realize that it is for your good and you are the best person you can be
      Thanks for your writing. I hope to see what you write next because I identify a lot with your publication since I also wrote down I wondered why my parents made decisions for me that I don’t like. Until now I understand that they always want the best for me, and that’s why they do what they do. I would like to continue seeing your posts so I can learn how you can speak your English without being afraid of being criticized for your accent.
      Nancy

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