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A Big Life and A Better Future

By Edenilson Avelar  |   From : El Salvador  |   School : East Boston High School

Hi my name is Edenilson. I was born in El Salvador.

I decide to come to the United States to have a better life like be someone with a big life coming and a better future. A better future means to me being someone important for other people. It was my decision to come to this country. It was the hardest decision that I ever made in my life because I had my family there and my friends.

The worst moment of my life was when I left El Salvador. I was living with my grandparents so it was the hardest moment in my life. I lived with them since I was 3 years old until I was 12 years old. When I left El Salvador, my grandma was 72 years old and my grandpa was 63. I left El Salvador at 4:00 AM.

I came to this country walking with two others friends. We were friends from El Salvador. It wasn’t that hard though. I spent about five days traveling. We crossed Guatemala and Mexico in 5 days. We passed through Guatemala in big cars until we got to Mexico. In Mexico, the whole time we traveled in the bus. Everyday we traveled in a bus and sometimes in taxis.

The best moment in my life was when I met my family for the first time. They were in the United States. My dad has been in the US for 15 years and my mom has been here for 10 years. I never met my father before because when I born he left our country to get to the United States to help us. It was the happiness moment because I met my family for the first time in the airport. My brother was waiting for me. Then he saw me and he talked to me but I didn’t know it was him. I said in my mind “who’s this”?

When I came to United States I felt very excited. I saw big buildings that I had never seen before. It wasn’t that hard though. I only spent five days to get here. This country gives you a better future. It also gives you new life since when you come here, you can start a new life, like me. When I started a new life I changed my feelings about the way that I thought. I thought more about spending more time with my family.

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