When I first looked at this final assignment, I immediately thought of a few friends that might be able to help me out completing this final assignment. I was completely incorrect and surprised at the same time. I did not think my friends would say no to me. I’m guessing that my friends didn’t want to share their childhood experiences with me or no one and I totally respect that. Honestly, I didn’t know what to do next. So I went to my parents’ house one evening to ask them if they know anyone from a different ethnicity or culture that I can interview him or her for a school assignment. They told me to ask a 70 year old family friend that comes to my parents’ house couple times a week. Mr. K was born in Quito, Ecuador and came to the United States when he was 45. He has two daughters and two granddaughters. Their current residency is the state of New Jersey and Mr. K states that New Jersey is their new home. My Interview took place at my parents’ house and I talked to Mr. K for almost four hours.
1- What was your childhood like? (Ex: where did you grow up, how many in your family, was it a happy childhood or a series of disasters).
Mr. K described his childhood as fun and at the same time sad because his parents didn’t have much to offer him. He told me a quick story about him and his childhood friends from his neighborhood. During his summer days, he used to wake up early in the morning and barely eat breakfast, so he can go outside and play with his buddies. They played “futbol” aka soccer. That was one of his favorite sport as a child. They played futbol on the streets. He told me that no one wanted to be a goalkeeper because it was no fun. All they wanted to do is to run and have a great time. They usually played for long h...
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... His wife passed away about five years ago. He says that he misses her and he was glad that they came to America because his daughters are doing well.
In conclusion of my assignment, it was not easy to find someone that can talk openly about their past without holding something back. Some of my friends would not talk about theirs for some reason. It is a quote from Lao Tzu saying:
“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
At the end, I admire Mr. K for telling me something about his past and also because he took care his family as much as he could. I believe it is not easy to move to any country in the world at the age of 45 even if the country speak your native language. I think when you move anywhere you leave your family, friends and maybe even a career.
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