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When I was Puerto Rican In ‘When I was Puerto Rican’, Santiago’s ‘Someone is coming to take your lap’ The family moves into a house at La Parada #26 in Santurce, which is just outside San Juan. The family considered the house an “upgrade” even though the house is next to a sewage-filled river. Negi is enrolled in a new school and struggles to fit in because the children in school call her "jibara". Christmas comes around, and the family gathers for a celebration, including Rita, the girlfriend of Negi's uncle, Tío Cucho. Mami treats Rita politely during the family parties but calls her a “puta” in front of the children. During this time, Negi’s mother, once again, announces that she is pregnant with Alicia. This results in Papi visiting more frequently after his daughter is born, and eventually, Mami and Papi reconcile and they all move back to Macun. In Macun, Esmeralda befriends a girl named Juanita. When Juanita's grandfather, Don Berto, dies, Papi participates in the funeral and Negi and Juanita lead the funeral procession to the cemetery. One day, Dona Lola comes to Negi’s house and tells baby Alicia that “Someone is coming to take your lap, which hints that Mami is pregnant again, with baby Edna. The chapter ‘Someone is coming to take your lap’ establishes topics such as the differences between people of high class and those of low class/identity, the male and female expectations, and finally, talks about controversial symbolism like religion. This chapter also uses many figurative languages such as personification, similes, an irony. I believe that the purpose of this chapter was to help the

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