Escape From the Congo
I loved the story "Escape From the Congo." I found it to just be great and probably the mosrt entertaining story for our class that I have read. I just really really enjoyed it!
I loved how we got the story and her emotions but also the history aspects of what was happening. I like how the language was mixed into the story as the mother spoke to her children. I could not imagine going through there situation. I would be so scared that I do not think I would even be able to concentrate, I would be too flustered and scared to even want to move. I would just want to sit still but I know that would have just got me killed. I respect them because they were able to go through the ups and downs of there country but still manage to live after. To start over and just live on. I know they never forget what happens an example of that being the main character who took ten years to cope with her mothers death and have a memorial.
In "for the time being" I like the second line at the top before the story even starts, "While I taught them English, they taught me about the power of hope." In reality the roles are usually swithched. Many children are translaters for there who being from a foreign country often of Asian or Hispanic descent cannot speak English. At my job i always ring customers where the child is translating and I think isn't that hard and at sti mes annoying for the child. having to almost chaperone their parents on every outing they wish to go on. From that line I now realize that even though it may seem like a tough task to be your parents personal translator they probably teach there children a lot of helpful things in return. It is not just a one way thing and therefore maybe it is not so horrible helping there parents in return.