A memorable place to live Essay

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A memorable place to live



A Memorable Place to Live

The sun sets at about quarter to six. Kids begin to come out of their houses like bats
come out of their caves, ready to start playing something, anything that would come to
mind. This is how my barrio was when I was growing up. I have lived in Juarez all my
life and the only recall of a barrio I have is just before coming here to live in El Paso.
After coming to El Paso at about the age of twelve, I have never experienced that same
feeling of closeness my barrio made me feel.

Coming home from school at about two in the afternoon, I would be very hungry. My mom,
prepared for this, would fix me tasty meals that would appease my appetite. The first
thing I did when I came from school was to take my uniform off, then I got into some
comfortable clothes and ran out to the kitchen. There my mom would have five empty soda
bottles ready for me to go to the corner store and exchange them for new ones. After
eating, my mom cleaned the table in order for me to do my homework. The time went by fast
and as soon as the clock turned to 5:30 p.m., I would ask my mom for permission to go out
and play.

At about six in the afternoon the streets would start to fill with young kids that were
eager to start playing. Most of the time we played soccer, but on other occasions, we
played games like hide and seek. This game of hide and seek was very fun because it was
played among fifteen kids who all had a fantastic capacity to hide. In addition, the game
took place in the whole neighborhood, so it was difficult being the one to look.



Kids would hide up in trees, under cars and in places where it was very difficult being
caught. What made the game harder was that we played in the night when it was dark, so it
would present a better challenge to the "fortunate" person who had to look.

Among other games, we also played wars. It was excellent but it had to be played in the
daytime. The purpose of this game was to shoot down the opposing team, usually even in
number, with a low-cost weapon invented by us. The materials employed consisted of a
plastic milk carton, usually from the gallon size, a rubber band, and scissors. First, we
cut out the plastic tip of the milk gallon, the end where you pour out the milk from.
After this, we would take a rubber band and half of a balloon and tie it to the end of the
cut out piece of carton. This would create a sort of slingshot that was cheap and easy to
do. The ammunition consisted of the fruits produced by Lila trees that are very common in
Juarez. This marble-size fruit is very similar to a ripe olive but it is not edible.
They are great for bullets because when shot right, because they can travel fast and great
distances. To start the game we first had to decide on captains--unfortunately this was
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