English 1109 10:30
28 September 2016
Journal FourThe story that stands out to me the most is Papa Who Wakes up Tired in the Dark. This stands out to me because I can relate to her when she loses her grandfather. My grandmother died two years ago and I had never seen my dad cry until then. Esperanza is most likely seeing her father like that for the first time too. The theme of this story is family, she realizes the needs for her family. She does very well describing her father, “My his thick hands and thick shoes, who wakes up tired in the dark, who combs his hair with water, drinks his coffee, and is gone before we wake, today is sitting on my bed” (Cisneros 57). This is where the writing is at its best in this story.
As an adolescent, I looked up to my school softball coach. She was the perfect role model because she always worked hard and pushed me to become better every day. If I ever needed to talk she would be there to listen and help me figure things out. She made me a better person and she helped me gain good habits. She would always tell us to put school first, and softball second.