April 5, 2010
Not only out but also far from home
The only thing that most of the teenagers have on their mind is to be an eighteen-year-old so they are able to move out of their parent’s house. Do they realize what they will be missing if they do move away? Being away from home can affect people in many different ways, but to me in particular, it made me become independent, appreciate my parents, and to adapt to a new culture.
When I moved to the United States I was twenty years old. Even though I was not a teenager anymore, I depended on my parents a great deal. I didn’t have to worry about having to work for living, pay my rent, nor pay any bills. If I worked it was because I wanted to. Since I did not have any responsibility when I lived at home, the money I earned from working was spent unwisely and carelessly. This was due to the fact that I relied on my parents; they were always there to take care of me. All of that changed when I moved away from my parent’s house. I learned that I have to do everything by myself, be responsible, and take care of my rent and utility bills.
Not with standing, it was my decision to move out from my parent’s home and the toughest part was leaving my parents. As the mommy and daddy’s girl that I was, I didn’t appreciate then as I do now the things that my mother used to do for me. Some of the things I missed the most are the breakfasts that my mother use to fix and she use to wake up very early in the morning to fix my lunch that I took to work. When I refer to lunch I don’t mean a sandwich, I mean a complete meal. My parents used to drive me back and forward to any place I needed to go to; school, work, or a friend’s house. There is a saying in Spanish “No body knows what they have until they do not have it any more”. Nonetheless, something good came out of this besides having more appreciation for my parents; I became closer to my mother!
On the other hand, I had to adapt to a new culture and learn a new language, the...