Sample Memoir by Garrett Perkins

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Memoir Word Count: 474 Garrett Perkins (Used by Permission) An Elephant Knows No Goodbyes I couldn’t speak a word of it. She only knew Spanish. I was an American high school punk. She was a poverty-stricken 5-year-old living from meal to meal. I went to Mexico thinking I had something to offer. She changed my life without even knowing it. I had a big heart, but my ego kept it well-hidden. Arriving in Tijuana, the air smelled like cow pastures. Houses were held up by plywood and chicken wire. A family of six lived in a 20-by-20 foot room: “mi casa.” Even the dogs were malnourished. But that’s not what got me. Lupe did. Lupe, a 6-year-old girl, attached herself to me all week. She couldn’t even pronounce my name. So “G” worked for me. Every five minutes, she begged me to pick her up so she could give me a kiss and say “gracias.” Dirty clothes. No shoes. Eyes and personality that screamed undying joy. I gave her a pink bouncy ball. She treated it like a diamond.
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This note was uploaded on 10/01/2010 for the course JOU 4368 taught by Professor Burleson during the Spring '10 term at Baylor.

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