Journal

BIG FISH

BIG FISH

Mis hermanos. We are adults now, but I often reflect on our time spent living together under one roof as children. Denied the childhood home often attached to the idyllic American Dream, our situation forced us to move constantly. No living situation was ever permanent, so we knew many homes. So many, it’s impossible to label any single physical structure we temporarily resided in as a true “home.” But it made no difference. To me, home was never a physical space. “Home” was anytime that we were together. It was playing sports outdoors past sunset. Cartoons together before and after...

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Libre

Libre

Undocumented. A reality of mine since my family's arrival in the U.S. from Mexico when I was 3 years old. A reality kept hidden from all but those closest to me well into adulthood. Something that's resulted in a lifetime of alienation & limited freedom. Experienced daily by millions across this country. These are words I’ve attempted to piece together my entire life, but never expected I’d share publicly. Writing this, I’m filled with feelings of hesitancy. Years of conditioned silence regarding my status makes this difficult to come forward with, even today. This hidden burden has caused more unnecessary suffering...

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