The Power of Yes by Carlos Najera

Recess at Haydock School!

I could run around to the girls’ side of the school and say hello to my sisters. I could have a few minutes where I could think in my own language. I could play with my friend Ernest and his brother Hugo.  Thanks to them I was able to learn more English than the teachers ever taught me.

Ernest and his family lived around the corner on Magnolia Street.  Our house was on C St. but it was really only three houses away. He, his brother and I had many adventures throughout our growing up years and we remained friends all our lives until it was time for them to sleep.  He eventually grew up to be the Postmaster General here in Oxnard.

One recess I saw some boys talking to Teacher in a very exited manner. I approached them to listen in. They pointed their fingers at me and sounded very angry.  I could not tell what they were saying to Teacher.

She then looked at me and asked me something.  “Did you throw a rock through the window?”

I thought that the boys wanted me to play with them. I became overjoyed and answered them with one of the few words I was able to say, “Yes!”

She took me to the stairs and ordered me to sit there for the rest of the recess. Later I was sent to the office for my usual weekly scolding and eraser cleaning.

That happened to me a lot until I learned how to say “No!”

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About jedwardnajera

I am a Poet. I live the life of a poet. I am an artist, a member of Gallery 9 in Los Altos, California. I published a novel Nena the Fairy and the Iron Rose, available through Amazon Books. I spent over thirty five years in a classroom. My father kept a living record of his lifetime as he lived through the Twentieth Century. He was born in 1908 and almost lived long enough to see us enter the new millennium. He was a mechanical engineer and had a wonderful love of history and science. He entrusted to me nearly 400 pages that he wrote through the years. He wrote in Spanish and I have spent six months translating these pages into English. Now I am in the process of editing, rewriting, and revising them. I am trying to post a new entry or chapter each Friday. Check in on us at least once a week for the latest post.
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