Rosabelle Spader | OverturnedBucket@gmail.com
New Mexico, at the end of the nineteenth century, was being considered for acceptance into the Union. As the Territory became more populated, the established non-English speaking people were displaced. It was feared that the language barrier would cause discrimination and prevent some children from receiving an equal education. School attendance was not mandatory, and in poorer families education was sacrificed so children could help on the farm or care for younger siblings. My mother was lucky to have attended five years of elementary school in an English-speaking school in Taos. My father, meanwhile, had only three years of primary education at a Spanish-speaking school in Peñasco. Child labor laws were not yet in existence, but the political environment of New Mexico was changing rapidly.
"We cause ripples with all our actions,
often without even trying. Good or bad,
some ripples result in lifelong consequences.
Realizing the importance of our individual ripples
one would think we would paddle carefully
through the journey of life."
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