Journal Entry #26 – My forced marriage
Today I was caught by my Tia and Tio holding hands with a boy I liked. It was very innocent, we talked and he walked me towards my home. Right away I was accused of doing more and was forced to marry a man I hardly knew at 12 years old. I wasn’t very excited extremely nervous and scared of what was to come but so glad to get out of my Tia’s house. Living there has been a nightmare anything could be better.
Journal Entry #30 – Many New changes
My new husband and I are expecting out first child. I am now 14 and have been a wife for about two years. My husband is ready to make a hug change in our lives. He says in the United States we will have better opportunities and he can make more money for us. We leave next week, his family has everything ready for us to come and settle. I will have my baby in the Jersey City, New Jersey and he will be a U.S. Citizen.
Journal Entry #38 – Lost in the US
I have been here in Jersey City for a year now and I am miserable. My sons are walking now. Yes, my sons I have twin beautiful boys named Cheo and Jaso. I still do not speak the English language and the people here seem so cruel. Some call me an immigrant. In the area my family lives there are many like me so I feel comfortable on occasion. There are so many different faces, colors and races that I feel like I’m in a lost world. My husband works and works and I never see him. All my life has boiled down to is being a mom, keeping my home clean, and making sure dinner is ready in time for my husband to come home. Oh and did I mention I’m pregnant again and I just tune 16 years old.
Journal Entry #40 – Reminiscing
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I decided to share my journey of life in this journal for my family to know their history, where it began and the struggles of life’s transitions…….
When I was four years old my mother had passed away and I never met my father. I had two brothers and two sisters. I don’t...