Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly present to you An Imaginary Trip Around the World, the brand-new writing collection from the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program and the NYU Gallatin Writing Program. The following story/poem, along with the other stories in the collection, comes from the Advanced Writing Class taught by Prof. June Foley of NYU Gallatin with the help of undergraduate student-teachers. Enjoy!
I remember when I was a child. My mom had five children, including me.
I remember my mom holding my hand. That was over 50 years ago.
I remember my parents smiling at us when we did better than before.
I remember my parents beating us when we did the wrong thing.
I remember when we turned on our first TV. It was black and white.
I remember the first time I noticed wrinkles on my mom’s face.
I remember when I first noticed the spots of brown on my father’s face.
I remember the day I came to New York. The city was heavy with rain.
I remember the first time I saw snow falling, and they were little flurries. I cried from excitement.
I remember when I first heard William call me “Mom.”
I remember all the good and the bad. I like to remember the good most of all.