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My mamma taught me about humility, and my dad showed me how to work hard.  I love em both. My brothers taught me a thing or two about perseverance, and my sisters tested my patience.

Nguyen said if I used the heart, the words would flow.

De Anda told me to follow my dreams. So Jessie went and taught me about myself, and faith, and everything in between. Jesse reminded me that I belong.

Saumya’s laugh showed me I could be myself, and Chris just said, “Handsome Fish”. Ben shrugged his shoulders and then danced with his eyebrows. Madeleine never forgot her smile.

Svetlana ate the peppers boldly, then I gave them a try too. Luz Victoria showed how to be tough, as nails. Julia exemplifies a good leader and Doug was almost an Avenger.

Lauren reminded me it’s still cool to ponder in thought, and Ling told me that it’s okay to question them. My thoughts say, “you think too much.”. The thinkers agreed.

“You need to explore while you can.” The world exclaimed. But then Kunming said it back in Chinese, so I had trouble understanding, for now. Just give me a few weeks and I’ll know you, like Los Angeles. I might just call you home.


(Although there is much yet to learn there’s not much more I could have asked for, so if you’re reading this thank you)