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Nos vamos a mover a Calexico said my mom My mom had just said We are moving to Calexico I was seven years old and at that moment a million thoughts raced through my head I didnt know English and what about my friends here I cant make friends without speaking English No No Since I was born in Mexicali my first language obviously had to be Spanish The only thing I knew how to say in English were my ABCs My two oldest brothers and I had been naturalized as US Citizens by father My parents wanted us to study in the United States Yes Calexico and Mexicali are pretty close to each other but I thought that as soon as I crossed the border no one was going to speak Spanish I was so upset at my parents I thought I was never going to learn English or make new friends I just remember they kept telling me todo es para tu bien everything is for your own good When my mom started looking for schools for me to attend she was told that I was going to have to take a bilingual class to learn English and that my classmates were going to be English learners as well I was so relieved Yet I was still mad because I left my friends at home First day of school came and I was so excited to meet new friends and my teachersWhen I first got there they had list with our names and classroomsI was assigned to room 11 with MsBernal I went to my classroom and there was some students there already with their momsWhile we waited for the bell to ring my mom started talking to another mom about moving to Calexico Thats how I met my first friendour moms introduced us Her name was Sandra and it was also her first year in Calexico We became inseparable and to top
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