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[3 of 5] Bodega Dreams, Book II, Rounds 1-4, by Ernesto Quiñonez (2000)

Author: Ernesto Quiñonez

Quiñonez Ernesto. “Book II, Rounds 1-4.” Vintage Contemporaries Original: Bodega Dreams, Vintage Contemporaries, New York, 2000.

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These dreams
These empty dreams
from the make-believe bedrooms
their parents left them

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PEDRO PIETRI—“Puerto Rican Obituary”

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ROUND 1
My Growing Up and All That Piri Thomas Kinda Crap

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SAPO was different.

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Sapo was always Sapo, and no one messed with him because he had a reputation for biting. “When I’m in a fight,” Sapo would spit, “whass close to my mouth is mine by right and my teeth ain’t no fucken pawnshop.”

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cristin t (Jan 12 2022 7:18PM) : Sapo is so weird
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Yeiro B (Jan 12 2022 7:21PM) : sapo had a skill that was to bite anyone who messed with him.
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yeury n (Jan 19 2022 6:43PM) : this doesn't mean that he was actually biting people lol.
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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 3:18PM) : summary more

sapo is really weird

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Dewry C (Jan 20 2022 3:31PM) : summary more

sapo know what he doing.

I loved Sapo. I loved Sapo because he loved himself. But by now you know it was never about Sapo. It was always about Bodega. And to this day it continues to be about Bodega. Bodega had an unforgettable blend of nobility and street, as if God never made up his mind whether to have Bodega be born a leader or a hood. Bodega did something to the neighborhood, something with staying power, like a song that no one could possibly like but you, because you heard it at a time when your heart was breaking.

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Dewry C (Jan 20 2022 3:33PM) : summary more

it look like Sapo and bodega got the same similariti

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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 7:09PM) : I truly believe sapo and bodega do bad things for good reasons. deep inside they are good people and can go far and help others like them. they know they worth and that's why they so similar. They just need to stay together and figure a way out of the bad [Edited]
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cristin t (Jan 12 2022 7:19PM) : Sapo and bodega are similar
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Yeiro B (Jan 12 2022 7:25PM) : I think that the bodega was a very intelligent person who was very wise because he had a lot of streets but he was respectful
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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 3:25PM) : summary more

willie bodega is different he is a true leader of the hood

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Dewry C (Jan 20 2022 3:36PM) : summary more

willie bodega have respect in the neighborhood.

But after Alberto Salazar was found dead no songs were played. No one thought of love or anything. The neighborhood became a tomb. Mute as an Egyptian. Every member of the street wire from the pimp to the junkie to the hooker talked like an Italian: “I ain’t see not’en’.”

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Yeiro B (Jan 12 2022 4:29PM) : When Alberto Salazar died, the neighborhood had a brake dowm because one of them died, the neighborhood was like a grave, empty and quiet, nobody spoke about it.
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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 3:58PM) : They were like this because maybe this never happen to their neighborhood were people just got killed.
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Dewry C (Jan 20 2022 12:38PM) : question more

Blanca think that sapo kill salazar

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yeury n (Jan 19 2022 3:56PM) : the neighborhood didnt want speak about it because aint no wanted to snitch on who killed him
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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 12:28PM) : summary more

the neighborhood was shut about it they did not wanted to speak

Blanca had seen the news on TV. My guess is that at first Blanca thought that what had happened was a terrible thing. Then later, when things were going around about Salazar knowing things he shouldn’t about some drug king, I figured she must have felt even worse, that Salazar was a good man, God be with him. At some point she no doubt heard that Salazar was investigating Spanish Harlem. I figure it was then she really got suspicious. And when the newscasters mentioned the chunk of flesh missing from Salazar’s shoulder, memories must have rained down on Blanca like parachutes. She’d been an eyewitness to one of Sapo’s bites. It had been a gruesome display of hate and anger and Sapo, as only Sapo could, presented it with showmanship.

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Yeiro B (Jan 12 2022 7:36PM) : I think Alberto Salazar had to do something with sapo because sapo bit him but I think Blanca thinks it was sapo that killed him
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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 7:10PM) : .
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BACK IN Julia de Burgos Junior High, back in the days of my growing up and all that Piri Thomas kinda crap that I will spare you from, there was the English teacher, Mr. Blessington. He kept telling us boys we were all going to end up in jail and that all the girls were going to end up hooking. He would say these things right out loud and the administration wouldn’t do anything. I hated Blessington and he knew it. He looked at Blanca with the eyes of a repressed rapist. He thought he was smooth but what he came out looking was creepy. He’d come to school in a suit and tell us that a man with a suit is a man that is valuable and that a man without a suit has no worth. He always did Robert Frost poems with us, which were all right, but after a while we started to hate Robert Frost. Blessington thought he was doing us a service, and that was his error. He was one of those upper-middle-class people who think highly of themselves because they could be making money or something, but no, they have taken the high road and have chosen to “help” poor kids from the ghetto.

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Yeiro B (Jan 13 2022 7:15PM) : blessington idea more

Blessington had no right to tell the boys that they were going to end up in jail and the prostitute women, he was not sure that that was going to happen, Blessington had a look of a predator of a rapist because he looked at Blanca with desire. blessington told the students that the man without a suit is nobody just because he had a suit

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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 6:57PM) : Isn't stupid to said such a things like that to them
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Jessica H (Dec 21 2021 7:15PM) : Piri Thomas was a Puerto Rican/Cuban New Yorker who wrote “Down These Mean Streets” in 1967. It also takes place in EL Barrio/Spanish Harlem.
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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 3:31PM) : summary more

i think i heard about that

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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 7:10PM) : I truly dislike people like this teacher, some students will use words like this a reason to show him wrong and do better but some others really get affected by this racism and underestimation and get disappointed about getting an education. [Edited]
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yeury n (Jan 19 2022 7:04PM) : theres no reason why the teacher should tell students where they are going to end up in life because in anyting in life they can change in life and be a better person
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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 3:34PM) : summary more

why he is telling then that his wrong for that he should tell then do better and progress so they can have a better education.

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yeury n (Jan 19 2022 7:06PM) : that's not right because they are people don't wear suit and are more professional.
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On the other hand the science teacher, Jose Tapia, was always lecturing us on how fortunate we were because we were young and Latin. His speeches were at times so fiery and full of passion that every year the principal would try to make Tapia the gym teacher, in hopes of cutting down Tapia’s influence over us. But as a science teacher Tapia was state certified and was appointed to our school so there was no way for the principal to get rid of him.

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Yeiro B (Jan 13 2022 1:18PM) : that means that even if they wanted they were not going to be able to make the wall go away
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And he didn’t want to be called Mr. Tapia, simply Tapia.

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One day when Sapo and me were in the eighth grade, Tapia told us, “You speak two languages, you are worth two people.” Sapo retorted, “What about the pope? He speaks like a hundred languages, but he ain’t worth jack.” The class was rolled.

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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 6:56PM) : What they trying to said umm
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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 7:12PM) : i support this and truly believe anybody being bilingual is a blessing. whoever makes fun of this is literally ignorant . he's so right . [Edited]
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yeury n (Jan 19 2022 7:10PM) : the teacher meant to tell them that they have a lot of opportunity in life because they can speak 2 languages. [Edited]
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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 3:36PM) : summary more

what really they trying to say

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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 6:41PM) : when tapia tells sapo that he can speak two languages ​​that he is worth two people and that is something very important for example they can give you a job in important places that need two or more languages
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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 6:55PM) : Thats very true
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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 3:38PM) : Dawry.c more

i agree that is true

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“Sapo, do you think the pope would be the pope if he didn’t know his hundred languages?” Tapia asked after the laughter died down.

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“Nah, if he didn’t speak a hundred languages he’d still be pope, because he’s white. All popes are white. I ain’t never seen no black pope. I ain’t seen a Spanish pope, either.”

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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 6:46PM) : sapo is kind of angry because all the pope are white and that I have never seen a black or Spanish pope
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“Hey, Tapia,” I said, “I never even seen a black nun.” Of course we were just stalling. The truth was we hadn’t done our homework and wanted to kill time.

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“Or a Chinese nun. All I’ve ever seen are white nuns,” Edwin jumped in, so I figured he hadn’t done his homework either. “You can’t have a black pope if there are no black nuns.” I hated Edwin. When he borrowed a pencil he never gave it back and when school was almost over, he always borrowed loose-leaf paper because he didn’t see the point of buying a new notebook.

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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 6:59PM) : edwin was a smart thief who borrowed and didn't pay back and what impressed me was that every year he asks them for flyers so he doesn't buy when school starts
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Dewry C (Jan 20 2022 3:40PM) : who is edwin ?
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“Yeah, a black nun!” Sapo shouted in agreement.

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“Julio, can you shut him up?” Blanca whispered to me. I always sat next to Blanca. I would leave my science book at home on purpose so I could use the excuse of sharing hers. Tapia understood this and, even though we had assigned seats, would always let me move.

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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 7:19PM) : this means that tapia knew what he was up to but tapia was a good person and let him move
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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 3:45PM) : summary more

that make sense

“No,” I whispered back at Blanca. “Sapo has a point.”

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“The point is Sapo hasn’t done his homework.”

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“I haven’t done mine, either,” I said.

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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 1:23PM) : ooh this means that shir miss her homework or didn't do it
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“Then this book”—she pulled the science text we were sharing toward her side of the desk—“does you no good.”

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“Look, forget about the pope,” Tapia continued. “I don’t care about the pope. The pope is not one of my students. The pope has a good job and there are black nuns and Chinese nuns, too, but that doesn’t matter. All that matters is you. I care about you. And I played the same games when I was your age. If you haven’t done your homework just tell me.” Hands shot up.

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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 7:26PM) : I think Tapia was getting angry because they were talking about the pope and he didn't have a black pope I think Tapia didn't make any sense of it
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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 7:28PM) : at the moment that he said that they did not do the task that they raised their hands because they all raised their hands is something incredible
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Tapia sighed loudly. “Edwin, you didn’t do your homework?”

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“Yeah, I did.”

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“Well?”

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“Well, I did it, I just didn’t bring it.” The class laughed and Tapia looked at his roll book.

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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 7:17PM) : FAVORITE EXCUSE GROWING UP ....

“All right, Edwin, you live on 102nd and Third. That’s three blocks from here. You better get your homework at lunchtime or you’d better have it done by then.” Edwin nodded his head.

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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 7:30PM) : let you leave the room just to look for your homework who would do that just tapia I guess
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“Sapo, your homework?”

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“I didn’t do it.”

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“Why didn’t you do it?”

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“Because Mr. Blessington told me I was going to end up in jail, so why waste my time doing homework?” We all laughed.

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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 7:01PM) : Haha crazy some of these boys can related to sapo in this story
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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 7:55PM) : they use the blessintong excuse to not do any work, blessintong I give him the same mind as that of a criminal telling him that he is going to end up in jail
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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 3:47PM) : summary more

haha thats really funny i can relate to that

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“Sapo, don’t you want to prove Blessington wrong?”

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“Nah, I’d rather not do my homework.”

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Tapia got upset. He threw down the roll book and began to yell at us. “I don’t care what Blessington’s been telling you! If you are here it is because you want to be, right? Otherwise don’t even come to school, just stay on the street. You can make more money selling pot on the stairwells than coming to my classroom, but if you come—and I want you to come, I like having you here—all I ask is that you make an effort! That’s all I ask. Don’t give me this nonsense about what Mr. Blessington is telling you. You guys are smart enough to know that it’s up to you to become what you want to be. So why even listen to him? I’ve heard what he says. It’s all nonsense.” Tapia pointed at one of the girls. “Rita Moreno, she was once like you, is Rita Moreno hooking?” Tapia then pointed at one of the guys. “Reggie Jackson, he was once as young as you, he’s half Puerto Rican, is Reggie in jail? They worked hard. That’s what you have to do. Just do your work and don’t pay attention to Blessington.”

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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 5:11PM) : Tapia wanted to tell them that no matter what people say about you, you must follow your path and ignore them, and he also set a good example for two students who were also Blessington students.
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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 4:02PM) : Not going to lied i always been saying this to some of these students to come school rather then being in the street so you come to school and get a education. [Edited]
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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 12:51PM) : summary more

i agree with critin because i rather be in school that be on the streets doing some crazy stuff.

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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 4:58PM) : that means that blessington did not have the right to tell him the future of the students because he does not know if you want to do something you and your mind agree not because another person tells you what to do or you will do it
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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 4:19PM) : Having teachers around like this is truly a blessing they motivate you to go harder when you have people behind pushing you back. Like parents that educate and motivation you as well.
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cristin t (Jan 12 2022 4:20PM) : Man wishes there were more teachers like this saying stuff like that to you
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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 1:11PM) : summary more

i agree

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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 5:05PM) : this means that no matter what blessington says, is not important that important is you and what you want to do with your life, this professor is also better and more professional than blessington because of the way he talks to his students
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Dewry C (Jan 20 2022 12:30PM) : summary more

professional than blessington because of the way he is talking to his students

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So we all quieted down and did our work, even Sapo, although he copied off me. Sapo always copied me but it was no big deal. The next period was English and we hated it because it was Blessington. I was in no mood for Robert Frost, that white-assed crusty old man from some cow state. But I couldn’t say that to Blessington. Instead, as politely as I could, I asked, “Mr. Blessington, why do we always do Robert Frost, why can’t we do someone else?”

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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 7:03PM) : I dont know why people dislike english is a great subject i love english.
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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 4:12PM) : summary more

i love english but sometimes is to much work

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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 8:21PM) : you see i can related to that because sometimes i do copied of my friends
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“Because Robert Frost,” he said, slowly shaking his head in disbelief as if I was asking something real stupid, “is a major American poet.”

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“Well, I heard that Julia de Burgos was a poet; why don’t we do some of her poems?” I said, and the class jumped in with me.

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Yeiro B (Jan 18 2022 8:25PM) : I think they wanted the easy part to make a poem that was already done
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Jessica H (Jan 11 2022 7:41PM) : A poem by Julia de Burgos: more

Farewell in Welfare Island"
By: Julia de Burgos
It has to be from here,
right this instance,
my cry into the world.
My cry that is no more mine,
but hers and his forever,
the comrades of my silence,
the phantoms of my grave.

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“That’s right,” Lucy, Blanca’s Pentecostal friend whom we used to call Chewbacca, chimed in, “why did they name the school after her? She must have been important.”

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“Yeah, they didn’t name the school Robert Frost Junior High, why we always reading him?” someone else asked. Truth was, I was happy we were killing time. I wanted those forty-five minutes in his class to fly. I wanted to keep this discussion going for as long as possible.

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“If any of you have noticed since September,” Blessington pointed out, “this is English class, not Spanish. Julia-day-Burgos”—he pronounced her name with a thick accent—“wrote only in Spanish.”

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“But maybe she wrote in English too. I write in Spanish and in English sometimes,” Blanca said to him. Every time Blanca spoke Blessington would leer. It was one of those cartoon monster smiles, where the monster rubs his hands as he thinks of something dastardly.

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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 7:20PM) : This is sad and disgusting and it happens in real life . perverts hide behind a suit and their skin color and target the minors and most innocent. [Edited]
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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 6:49PM) : To think this happen in real life is sad some people do this especially to those innocent onces.

“Listen, you people”—he always called us you people—“Julia-day-Burgos is so obscure it would be hard to find a single poem of hers. In any language.” I turned to Blanca and, whispering, asked what obscure meant. Sapo was quietly drawing all this time. He drew terribly, but it never stopped him. He mostly did it because he was bored. But I knew he was listening and could jump in any minute.

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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 7:05PM) : why he doesn't called them listen students instead of people isn't that rude to said it like that way well for me it is.
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“But if she is so unknown,” I said confidently, emphasizing the word Blanca had provided to let Blessington know that I knew what obscure meant, “then I agree with Lucy, why did they name an entire school after her? Why not after someone famous?”

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“Finally, a good question,” Blessington said, adjusting his tie and buttoning up his blazer. “I’ll tell you why: because the people in this district are simpletons, that’s why. District Four has no idea what it’s doing. The name they chose for this school was probably the worst name they could choose. Why, we teachers didn’t even know who she was when they renamed this place.”

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“Mr. Tapia did,” Sapo piped up, leaving his drawing for a minute. We all knew what Blessington was saying was that none of the white teachers knew who she was, and they were the only teachers that mattered.

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“Oh, him,” Blessington said in a tired voice. “Him again. Well, I heard he’s a good science teacher,” he said with a smirk, “but we’re in English now. You people need to get on with today’s work.” And it was all right with me because we had chopped off at least fifteen minutes of the period. Blessington then went to the board and wrote, “Analogies Between Frost’s Poems and New York City.” I turned around and asked Blanca what analogies meant. She told me. I laughed.

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“What similarities?” I called out. Blessington was upset now.

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“End of discussion,” he said. “Get out your homework.” Blessington walked over to Sapo’s desk.

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“Enrique, where’s your homework?” Blessington asked.

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“I’m going to jail, so why bother, right?” Sapo kept drawing. “Yo’r the smart guy here, right, can’t you figure that out yo’self?” The class went “Oooooh,” which Blessington took as a challenge.

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“You’ll be lucky to even make jail,” he said to Sapo.

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“Why you snapping at me? I said you were right.”

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“I know I’m right. I’m doing all you people a favor. I say these things to you so you can maybe prove me wrong. Now, it’s sad to say, but I’ve yet to see one of my Puerto Rican students, just one, prove me wrong. And I know it’s not going to be Sapo here.” Blessington then leaned over and took Sapo’s drawing from him and crumpled it in his hands. Sapo got so mad, he shot straight up from his seat and thrust himself at Blessington so they were face to face.

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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 7:23PM) : .
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“Thass right, I won’t prove you wrong b’cause I’m going to jail for jamming your wife.” The class was silent because that wasn’t a snap any longer but an insult. They stared each other down for a second or two before Sapo turned around and headed for the door. “Where do you think you’re going?” Blessington yelled, and went after Sapo, grabbing him by the shoulder.

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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 4:32PM) : summary more

but why they was insulting then

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“Don’t touch me, man!” Sapo yelled, but Blessington didn’t listen. I got up from my seat and went over to Sapo.

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“Yo, take a chill pill,” I said to Sapo. Blessington yelled at me, “I can handle this. Sit back down!” He didn’t let go of Sapo. Sapo started to pull himself away and that’s when Blessington made the mistake of putting Sapo in a headlock.

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“Yo, you choking him!” I yelled, but Blessington kept at it, all the while cursing at Sapo. Blanca and her friend Lucy started to run out of the room to get the teacher next door. Blessington released Sapo and went after Blanca. And that’s when Sapo jumped him from behind. Sapo crawled on Blessington as if Blessington were going to give him a piggyback ride. Before Blessington could shake Sapo free, Sapo dug his teeth into the base of the teacher’s neck. Blessington screamed; the blood spurted out, running down his back and staining his white shirt collar crimson. Sapo scrambled off Blessington’s back as Blessington fell to his knees, pressing the wound with his hands. Then Sapo came around and grabbed Blessington’s face in his hands and pulled it toward his own. Sapo spat out a chunk of Blessington’s flesh, bouncing it off Blessington’s left cheekbone. Covered in blood and saliva, Blessington’s eyes were frozen in disbelief. He wasn’t screaming. He was in shock. It was only when he saw a piece of his own flesh on the floor that he registered what had happened, and passed out.

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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 7:07PM) : Flashback in middle school :)
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Dawry C (Jan 20 2022 4:33PM) : summary more

this entire paragraph bring me back to my first year in middle school

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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 7:25PM) : .

Standing in front of the classroom Sapo smiled as only Sapo could; he slowly turned to the class, showing us his shining red teeth. He then calmly walked out of the room. Everyone was stunned. Blanca was the first one to shake herself and ran out of the room. “Help us, help us, Blessington’s dying!” she kept yelling down the hall. A minute later the school nurse arrived. When she saw all that blood on the floor she took off her smock and put pressure on Blessington’s neck. Meanwhile I went looking for Sapo. He had stopped by the bathroom to rinse his mouth and when he saw me he laughed.

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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 7:08PM) : Hold on did sapo just bite his neck or what
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“The nigga had that shit coming.” He spat water.

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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 7:08PM) : Never mess around with sapo he doesn't play
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“Sapo, bro, what you gonna do?”

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“I could give two fucks,” he said. “I never felt better. It’s as if I let some fucken courier pigeon go free.” At that minute Tapia walked into the bathroom, his face red with fury. It was the same anger he would show us when we let him down by not behaving, by not doing work or getting in trouble.

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“Did he really have you in a headlock?” Tapia asked Sapo.

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“Yeah, I saw it all, Ta—”

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“Shut up! I’m asking Sapo!” I quieted down and backed away. Sapo nodded and Tapia paced the bathroom. He sighed loudly. He stopped in front of Sapo and placed both arms on top of Sapo’s shoulders.

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“Look at me,” Tapia said. “Don’t say that he had you in a headlock—”

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I jumped in. “But he did, Tapia—”

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“Shut up, Chino! Coño, just shut up!” This time I did for good. Tapia breathed hard. His eyes were watery. “Sapo, look at me. If you say he had you in a headlock, when he recovers he will deny it. And it won’t matter which of your friends backs you up, they will believe Blessington. Now, you listen to me and you listen good because I don’t want you to go to Juvie. The police are on their way. When they ask you why you bit Blessington, you tell them you heard voices. You got that?” Sapo nodded. “You tell them the voices said to bite Blessington. You don’t say Blessington said all this bullshit to you or that he had you in a headlock, you just say you heard voices. You got that?” Sapo understood and a slow smirk began to form on his big lips as he nodded. When he had completely registered what Tapia had told him, that smirk became a full-blown smile.

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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 7:27PM) : .
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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 7:09PM) : Sapo a bad boy

That whole year Sapo saw a shrink and thus avoided juvenile detention. He must have lied, and I bet for a while he loved the opportunity to have an audience for those stories he was so good at making up. It was like getting away with biting Blessington’s neck all over again. But then he got tired of it, started blowing off sessions, and ultimately he dropped out of school and moved out on his own. That year something happened to Sapo. He had always been Sapo but that year, after biting Blessington, he started turning into someone who wasn’t afraid to die. It was the beginning of the adult Sapo. His was the sneaker you wouldn’t want to step on because “sorry” wouldn’t cut it. He became that person you wouldn’t want to cut off in traffic because he’d pull a knife and slice you. He became that person you wanted on your side so you could unleash him on your enemies. Like the rest of us, Sapo was still a kid, but he was already turning into something else. He had reached that point in existence where he wasn’t afraid to hurt anyone who threatened his only source of meaning, his love for himself.

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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 4:11PM) : We wants like sapo if anyone mess with me sapo is there to procted me
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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 4:28PM) : How old was chapo around this time?
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cristin t (Jan 12 2022 4:20PM) : i will say 14

I figure it was around the time he left school that he met up with someone who knew someone who knew Willie Bodega.

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SEEING SOMEONE bite a chunk out of someone’s neck and then spit it at their face isn’t something you forget. That incident stayed with Blanca, as it did with all of us. And as El Diario kept publishing more facts about Salazar, Blanca couldn’t help herself.

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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 1:12PM) : Was he a vampire or something that came out of him to do something horrible like this.
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“Julio, you heard about that reporter, Salazar, Alberto Salazar?” I was cooking dinner and she was sitting at the table reading El Diario. Blanca would usually read the Times but El Diario was the only newspaper that bothered to cover the story about Salazar.

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“Nah. What about him? You want more beans?” Blanca’s religion didn’t allow her to eat meat, so she had to get her protein elsewhere.

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“That’s enough,” she said when I showed her the plate. “He was killed.”

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“That’s terrible.”

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“Yeah, I know, Julio. They say that he was bitten before he was shot. They also say that he was—thanks,” she said as I placed her plate on the table and sat down. I had served her real fast because I knew she had to pray and I was hoping that she would pray a long time and forget about Salazar. But Blanca prayed real quick, so I guess she just thanked God for the food and said Amen. “So they said that he was working on a story around here. He was investigating a possible drug lord and then they found him dead.”

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“Wow, that’s too bad,” I answered, and then Blanca told me something that somehow had escaped me.

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“Have you noticed that this block doesn’t have dealers on the corner? All four corners of this block are quiet. Have you noticed that, Julio?”

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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 1:30PM) : .
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“No, I haven’t,” I answered honestly. Apparently, Bodega didn’t litter in his own house.

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“Julio, who owns these buildings? It’s just amazing that somehow dealers steer clear from here. At times—”

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“Blanca, count your blessings and eat up, all right?”

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She smiled and felt a little embarrassed because she was talking with her mouth full. “Just tell me one thing, Julio.” She swallowed and looked straight at me.

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“Wha’?” I said with a mouth full of rice and beans.

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“Tell me that you know for a fact that Sapo is not involved in that reporter’s death. A piece of the man’s shoulder was missing.”

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“So?”

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“So we know who sells drugs and we both know who bites like that.”

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“Man, Blanca, you got some imagination. Sapo is this nickel-and-dime dealer. You knew him when we were kids. He wasn’t the smartest of people. A good dealer at least could count what’s coming in and what’s going out. Sapo couldn’t even do that.” I was lying. Sapo was very smart. Blanca wasn’t buying it. She stopped chewing and looked at me.

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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 7:13PM) : My girl wasn't having it she wasn't dumb she knew was sapo was doing.
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“Sapo is smart, Sapo was always smart. Those teachers never knew how to reach him. Well, maybe Tapia did. But he was always smart. He has to be, otherwise he wouldn’t have that big car he drives.”

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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 7:31PM) : .

“Maybe he got lucky.”

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“No, Julio, there is something else here. I don’t know what. Sapo makes me nervous. And what really makes me nervous is that you are his friend.” Blanca’s voice was a bit desperate.

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“All I know, Blanca,” I said flatly, “is that you know he’s my friend. A guy growing up in this neighborhood can get beat up. Sapo was always there for me. That’s why I let him keep his stuff here. I know you hate it but I owe that much to him. Remember Mario DePuma? He broke my nose. If Sapo wouldn’t have jumped in that Italian would have killed me, you know that.” Blanca shrugged. She knew Mario DePuma. He’d always been making passes at her. That was the reason him and me had that fight. Then Blanca got up to get more water. She sat back down and continued to think about the possibilities.

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cristin t (Jan 18 2022 4:13PM) : Bros for life
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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 4:32PM) : .
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“How is it, Julio, that as crazy as it seems you know nothing. I mean as crazy as it seems, you have no idea about this reporter getting killed.”

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“Why would I?”

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“I don’t know. Where’s Enrique anyway? He hasn’t shown his face in days.”

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“What a miracle, you of all people asking for Sapo.” But that worried me: Where was Sapo?

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“I hope that he stays lost, but it’s too good to be true,” she said.

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“You know Sapo, he’ll show up when he needs a favor.”

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“Fine, you’re right. I shouldn’t care.” I was happy that was over with. But then she said something equally unnerving.

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“Julio, I’ve invited Pastor Vasquez and Claudia over for dinner next week—”

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“That’s great,” I said, dropping my spoon on the plate. “I hope the three of you have a good dinner. What did you do that for, Blanca? You know I don’t like to be preached to—”

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“They’ll only be here for dinner. No one is going to preach to you, all right. You think that just because he’s a pastor he has to always be preaching or something? I just want him around before the baby arrives. At least once.”

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“Well, when are they coming?” I grumbled.

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“Next Friday. And you better be here.”

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“Blanca …”

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“You better be here, Julio. I want you here when they visit,” Blanca said firmly. I knew it was important to her so I just nodded, part in agreement and part in disgust.

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“How’s the husband-hunting for Claudia going?” I asked to shift the subject.

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“Not too good.” She pushed her food away, then rested her face in her palms, her elbows on the table. “But Roberto Vega—the seventeen-year-old anointed—is visiting our congregation and will give a speech.” Just thinking about that, Blanca became animated again.

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“You really believe he’s anointed?” I was relieved to talk about anything, anything that didn’t have to do with that reporter’s death.

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“Yes. I believe he is.” She smiled and placed her hand on mine. “Come to church with me, Julio. You can see for yourself.”

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“Have you seen him?” I asked, turning my hand over to hold hers.

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“No, but I’ve heard of him. They say he can lift an entire church. Please come. You can also meet Claudia.”

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Then the phone rang. I got up from the table and went over to answer it.

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“You don’t know me but I’m your brother.” I got the Doobie Brothers’ lyrics and knew it was Nene.

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“How you been, I have the notes for you. Yeah, yeah, tell your cousin I have the notes for him.” I hoped Blanca would think it was some guy from class and Nene would think it was from a song.

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“Wait, don’t tell me, the Grass Roots? Right? The Grass Roots?”

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“Yeah, how you guess?” I couldn’t care less. Why wasn’t Sapo doing the calling?

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“I knew it, I knew it. So, mira, Chino, my cousin wants ta see you tomorrow. Nazario will meet with you. He said he had to meet you. Some girl is comin’.”

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Cristy I (Jan 11 2022 7:36PM) : .
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“Cool, tell him I will.” And I hung up.

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That was all I was going to do for Bodega. I had decided then and there that as soon as Bodega met Vera, I owed him nothing more.

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When Blanca finished eating she asked me if I could go out and get her a Hershey bar with almonds, she had a craving. I was putting on my shoes to go out when Blanca switched on the TV to Spanish CNN. Like me, she studied with the TV on. She sat there with her nose already in a book, waiting for me to bring her chocolate. Then Alberto Salazar’s death was mentioned. Her body stiffened and her head shot up as if she had been stabbed in the back.

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ROUND 2
Everyone’s a Thief

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THE day Vera was to arrive back in New York City I was walking out of our new building to go to work. As I stepped out I spotted a tall man in an Italian suit, standing in the bright spring sun glowing like an apparition. Some tenants were gathered around him as if he was manna from heaven sent by the Most High. Mothers kissed his cheek, fathers were bowing to him and introducing their kids to him and making them greet him. It was as if I’d woken up in a village on the mother island and on my way to get water I’d met fellow villagers acting with that modesty and politeness you only find in places so poor that all you can offer is your kindness.

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Cristy I (Jan 12 2022 10:26PM) : Nazario is bodega face to the community i understand why they treat him with so much love and respect
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Chris G (Jan 12 2022 7:41PM) : all you can offer is your kindness. more

I can relate to what Julio saying about all you can offer is kindness to a poor places because I flet the same way when I was on the poor side of P.R.