Diversity Magazine Fall 2016
A Gift from My Dad
Ana Guerrero, Mexico, Writing IV
In this life anything can happen, and challenges often make people strong and wise. However, not everyone has the same capacity to deal with failure, loss or grief, but there is always hope to overcome difficulties. This is what my dad had to learn at a young age. His parents divorced when he was 15, and he became the head of his household. Years later, he migrated to another city, and there was where he had the hardest experiences of his life. Because of all of this, my dad has influenced me by giving me the most powerful and unforgettable advice to apply in my own life.
My Loving Father
Tariq Zarour, Jordan, Writing IV
The most influential person to me is the one who taught me a lot in my life. He has supported me since I was born. This person means a lot to me, and I appreciate him. This person is my loving father.
My father’s life was not easy. He began to support his family when he was sixteen years old. After that, he got married and had six children. He worked at body shop in Jordan, which was hard work especially for his age, and his salary was not much at that time. He spent all his money to support his extended family. He had started his job as helper before he become a professional.
My Sweet Daughter
Bahareh Faghiri, Iran, Writing IV
My life has been influenced by many kind and lovely people like my parents, my husband, and my friends. However, my daughter is very special to me. She is the best gift that I have ever received in my life. She is a special gift from God.
My daughter’s name is Ayda. She is nine years old. She has brown eyes and a beautiful face that is covered by her black hair. Ayda is smart, talented, and very sweet. I love her very much. She brings happiness, joy, and many blessings instead of sadness, depression, and difficult times into my life.
My Friend, Farid
Masoumeh Shahbazi, Iran, Writing IV
Have you ever been in the situation in your life when you lost everything? Sometimes somebody comes in your life, and they change it. In 2001, I met my friend Farid in Turkey.
That was when I felt I had lost everything, and I wanted a way to change my situation. My friend was exactly that person. His personality was friendly and sympathetic with keen awareness. He was a big influence on me because he taught me how I could fight against the problems in my life.
A Good Spiritual Guide
Lola Miranda, Ecuador, Writing IV
People always need guidance. God has placed special messengers on our pathway to guide us. I met Father Vicente Agila five years ago when I attended mass at his parish at Galena Park, Texas. He is originally from Ecuador, and he has been working in the Houston area for ten years. Before I met him, I used to go to church, but I had never had the spiritual experience that I had in his mass. I think that it is really important to have a priest who possesses the necessary knowledge and responsibility to guide the souls of his parishioners, like Father Agila.
Virginia Espinoza, Mexico, Writing IV
When I started working with my perfectionist and bossy boss, I never thought that one day I would marry this demanding and amazing man. His name was Jean Moysan. He was an Executive Chef at the Hyatt Hotel and then a Senior Chef Instructor at Institute Lenotre. He is from France. He is passionate about his profession and anything he undertakes. He is the hardest working man I have ever met. He always says, “The word cannot does not exist.” He has inspired and influenced my life. He taught me that, if I have faith and put in effort, I can achieve all my goals.
Edvin Lopez, Guatemala, Writing IV
When we were children, my brother Pedro and I were always together when we grew up in Guatemala. Pedro is my oldest brother. He is a special person for me because he can see a lot of qualities in me and things that I never thought I could do. I have been living with him in Humble since 2012, and he has always been the most motivating person in my life.
My Awe-Inspiring Father
Juan Tunjar, Peru, Integrated Skills IV
My father is the person who has inspired me more than anyone else. He lost his first wife when his four first children were 12, 10, 7 and 5 years old. His first wife died from cancer, and the next five years were very difficult for the children and him. Five years later, he married my mother. During this wedding 15 years ago, we suffered a terrible earthquake and the next year a big flood. During both events, my father lost all of his things.
Victor Hugo Caiceros Carranza, Mexico, Integrated Skills IV
I do not have someone like the most important person in my life, but I know some people I admire, and one of them is my granddad. He is always thinking about other people, and he is very close with his family. My beloved grandfather has a positive attitude towards life. Maybe this is the reason he is known by a lot of people. Everyone in the place where he lives knows him. I like to listen to him. I like to hear his stories and about how he lived his life.
Luis Enrique Sanchez Leon, Venezuela, Integrated Skills IV
My mom is an exceptional person who has worked her entire life to ensure my education. She gave me the most important things that a mother can give to her son and that is family values. For example, she always said to me that I must be somebody who cares about his family. She taught me how to listen to other people's ideas no matter what they were. She taught me to help other people who have problems. My mother taught me how to write and read when I was a child. She helped me a lot with my homework.