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Karely Ramirez CDECE61 #34598 March 15, 2017 Personal Interaction Journey My earliest memory of identity goes way back to preschool. I remember my mother dressing me up in bright colored dresses since there was no dress code. I also recall secretly taking my Barbie’s to my preschool classroom to play with my classmates. I was not allowed to bring toys from home but I knew there was a time where my teacher switched with another teacher; and the other teacher allowed me to play with them. I have some flashbacks of not wanting to sit next to boys because they were different than me. I knew that there were differences between boys and girls but I really did not know what, other than they had shorter hair than us girls. Most girls, including myself would not play with boys because there was this myth that said that boys had ‘cooties’ and only way to prevent those was to get the ‘cootie shoe’ or just simply stay away from them. As a young child, I do not remember questioning my identity, but I did question why girls were made fun of when playing with “boy toys” such as cars. I grew up in the city of Long Beach where we see a lot of diversity. As a child, my primary language was Spanish because my parents did not speak English. I learned to speak English until I got to preschool and even then, I had a very hard time understanding it. I remember having an African American neighbor who was three years older than me. My mom tells me that I used to invite her over to our apartment and try to speak English to her but that I would only say the words in Spanish and add an “o” at the end. Now I wonder how my neighbor tolerated me and kept visiting me. Furthermore, I was around all shapes, colors, and sizes of people since the beginning of my life. In the apartment I was born into, the majority were Hispanics. Our families would all raise money during the holidays to make dinner and a mini- celebration for everyone who lived there. We would celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and
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Karely Ramirez CDECE61 #34598 March 15, 2017 Personal Interaction Journey New Year all together. Living in a community where my parents’ language was spoken and understood was extremely beneficial to us. Our apartment consisted of fluent Spanish managers,
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