Essay #1 Expository
GROWING UP HISPANIC
I could not imagine myself being anything else but Hispanic. I had an interesting up bringing by a Puerto Rican mother that was strict, in your face, no nonsense, and a loving mother and by a Dominican father that was care free, laid back, funny, easy to talk too, and loving. I guess I can say I had the best of both worlds due to the fact that I am half Puerto Rican and half Dominican. Even though I identify myself with my Puerto Rican side a lot more than I can identify with my Dominican side. I still love the fact that even though Dominicans are Hispanic and we speak somewhat the same language Puerto Rican and Dominicans are so different in the way that we live, eat, raise our children, educated themselves.
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In New York, my father was the manager of a dry cleaning business for the rich and the famous, among those Rockefeller was one of his clients.
My mother’s upbringing on the other hand was a very poor, very strict one, due to the fact that she was the third oldest of seven children. My Grand Father on my mother’s side was a mechanic while my Grand Mother was a homemaker, so because my Grand Mother didn’t work that contributed to my mother’s poor upbringing. On a family visit to New York, my mother lied about her age to get a job in the dry cleaners my father managed in order to help out her family. That is how my parents met.
Due to both of my parent’s upbringings I have a large family, though my father and mother only had three kids, myself being the oldest and a younger sister and brother, I have 3 half siblings. I have my two older half sisters in the United States with me. One lives in Florida while the other lives in South Carolina and we talk daily. My older half brother on the other hand lives in the Dominican Republic and I do not know him at all. My younger sister lives in Philadelphia with me; she has been here for about a year now. While my youngest brother lives in Puerto Rico still.
Two very different upbringings clash together and made one perfect upbringing for me. My parents have made me who I am today. Without them who knows where I would be today. To be honest, if their ways of raising their children would have been the same I don’t think that I would have made it this far or be the kind of mother to my children, the kind of wife to my husband, the kind of friend I am or the kind of worker that I am. All in all I loved every little bit of my life. Even though times may have been rough and other times they were good, but all in all I wouldn’t have it any other way.