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But the money in our heads is a lot harder to arrange, lost as it often is in a haze of volatile emotions, pride and shame, jubilation and despair.
Reckoning with these feelings is hard, which is why people don’t talk about them much. Six years ago, I started asking high school seniors to send in any college application essay that happened to be about money, work, social class or related topics.
Something had to change and I knew it fell to me to initiate that change.
Fortunately, I also knew I had dedication, desire and grit in my blood.
A family gets smaller set against the tableau of its aging furniture.
And a Minnesota teenager finds her way, over many years, to a new role in an old place of refuge.“No more broken plates, you understand?My grandfather was part of the first wave of Mexican immigrants that settled in Los Angeles.He returned home to a small village in rural Oaxaca, with his savings and tales of the land of opportunity.However, it would be a while before I could join them in sleep. I venture that most people would struggle to tell the difference between a regular 90-degree PVC elbow and a street 90.These are skills and distinctions I have learned over the past five years as an assistant to my dad in his one-man plumbing business.The shattered plate was only one of the many worries fighting relentlessly inside my head for attention — there was the Advanced Placement United States history midterm, a low grade in calculus, the eviction notice, a little brother getting into trouble and a dozen other smaller but pressing concerns.For me, there was no calling in sick to clear my head, getting some much needed rest or carving out study time before an upcoming exam. I shut up, got back to work and pushed with all the energy I had left. I boarded the bus home and took out my notes to study.” I could make little sense of the broken English that spat from his mouth but his scrunched-up face spoke a universal language.It was a Friday night in Little Tokyo, and while families were eating five-star meals in the front dining room, a 14-year-old boy was in the back washing their dishes.On this particular night, as I walked through the front door at home, I saw an uplifting surprise: My mother had fallen asleep waiting up for me despite her own long day.I tucked the cash tips I made that night into her purse and turned off the TV.