One of the wonderful things in the USA is that you have great access to free education services either by local community colleges, churches or the state. Right now English and Citizenship seem to be the most popular subjects.
Such is the case of LACC, LA City College, where my wonderful, beautiful and amazing grandmother is learning English and preparing for her citizenship test. Oh, did I mention? She’s 91 years old. When she registered for the class, they asked her: ¿Por qué se quiere hacer ciudadana de los Estados Unidos? And she responded very clearly, “Porque quiero tener Voz y Voto.”
Asi es, mis querido 4 lectores, ustedes que la conocen, saben que mi Mama Lilia es lo máximo. Se ha esmerado mucho en asistir todos los sábados en la mañana a sus clases. I think she loves to learn, and has a quick mind. Sometimes she’ll forget a name and dates like Who wrote the US Constitution or who was John Hancock? but generally, she LOVES the history of the United States. Ask her who is on the 100 dollar bill and she’ll say “Franklin… ¿qué no?” or who was the president of the USA during WW2 and she’ll say “Roosevelt era MUY BUEN presidente!”
Of course, she’s become the teacher’s pet. She has a wonderful and very patient teacher, Mr. Jose Rodriguez, who has helped her with her lessons, switching between Spanish and English to make sure everybody in class understands the lessons so they’re ready for the citizenship test.
This Saturday was the last class of the Spring Quarter. To celebrate, Mr. Rodriguez invited everybody to bring a typical dish from their home countries. There was food from all over: Pupusas from El Salvador, Empanadas de Argentina, Ensalada de frutas de Guatemala, Tacos Dorados de nuestros paisanos de México, etc. etc. y para no quedarse atrás, mi Mama Lilia se lució con un “Pastel Azteca” que le quedo delicioso. Se levantó a las 5AM para hacerlo ella misma, con pollo orgánico y todo el kit. Basically it’s her version of a Mexican lasagna, but with tortillas fritas and guajillo sauce, jack cheese rayado y aceitunas verdes.
So everybody had a good time and here is the photo to prove it. Thanks to Mr. Rodriguez for being such a good teacher and congratulations to all the class. Buena Suerte en su examen de ciudadanía. Imagine this: Más latinos CIUDADANOS, legales y preparados. We are very proud!!!