Writing to the memory of the father.
Have you ever felt like drowning in emotion?
Always searching and searching for that father figure I never had.
Who is to blame for family conflict?
My father is always there, encouraging me, motivating me, showing me what it means to be a good parent.
I have grown up without the father I’ve always needed.
My mom’s fiancé falls to his knees, slowly picks me up and places me back onto my bed. My knee shakes uncontrollably.
“Illegal immigrants,” is what we children who are full of dreams are called.
I come from where violence is the answer to everything.
From birth to now, family life can be rough waters to sail.
Maybe one day she will understand why her dad is an alcoholic.
Randy Chavez’s life changed in just Three Decembers and a June
“You want to work day and night? It’s not easy. Take this chance that you have. Don’t be dumb.”
Randy Chavez hopes that his best years are still ahead.
All I do is listen, and I’m not sure why.
This story evolved out of a real text conversation between Venice High POPS the Club graduate Anthony Cortez and Tyanni Gomez, Venice High senior and POPS the Club President.