Fin de Cursos del Citizenship Class

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.

Team Orange! Parece que se pusieron de acuerdo. My grandmother has become the teachers pet: Lilia Rodriguez y su maestro de inglés y ciudadanía, José I. Rodriguez. (No son parientes - No relation.)

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!!!

Congratulations to all the Students and GOOD LUCK in your citizenship test.

9 thoughts on “Fin de Cursos del Citizenship Class

  1. Muchas Felicidades a todos los estudiantes por terminar su curso y seguramente tendran éxito en obtener la ciudadania… lots of luck!
    Mamá Lilia se ve hermosa y ese pastel azteca se me antojo.

  2. Cristy,

    Que felicidad que tu Mama Lilia este tan bien y preparandose para su ciudadania!!!!!!!

  3. Congratulations to you too Cristy since you were with your grandmother for the entire course. What a great Granddaughter you are! Felicidades Mama Lilia!!!

  4. Que guapa se ve mi Mama Lilia como siempre! y si es bien inteligente y bien buena para cocinar. Se me antojo el pastel azteca. YUMMY! que les vaya super bien a todos en el examen…good luck.

  5. Felicidades Mama Lilia! Cada dia mas bonita y con esas ganas de vivir que es admirable. Mil felicidades…xoxo

  6. Mama Lilia esta Super!!!
    De verdad que es admirable el esfuerzo y la tenacidad que tiene. Nos da un gran ejemplo a seguir!!
    Felicidades y buena suerte en la prueba =)

  7. Que inspiracion! Mama Lily la verdad siempre dejando su huella! que linda y orgullosa se ve….damele un buen abrazo de mi parte hasta que la vea yo 🙂 xoxo

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