My name is Piedra Magdalina Esmerelda Ochoa Hernandez. (My name is much larger than I am! LOL) I am 10 years old and live with mi familia in Mesa, Arizona.
I am in the fifth grade. I love school, but right now, school is closed: Thanksgiving break. We got out on Wednesday (early) and we don't go back until Monday. I have been having the best time with my family and my cousins, who all came for Thanksgiving, but today I'm sad 'cause my cousins go back home. I hate to see them leave.
I have two sisters (Maria Graciela and Angelica Marita); they are nine and six. I have a brother, but he's in Heaven: he died last year. He was only two months old. He died in his sleep. I miss him so much, especially around this time of year. He died in April last year, so this is my second Christmas without little Jorge' Faustino. He was so cute: he had the fattest cheeks and the sweetest personality: he hardly ever cried; he was a very happy baby!
Mami and Papi are still sad, but they have been going to "Compassionate Friends" meetings, where they meet up with other grieving parents, so it's helped them a lot. I am glad to see them laughing and smiling again, but you can still see the sadness in their eyes. Guess that will be there for a long time to come (or at least until the holidays are overwith).
Mami and Papi both work: Papi is a pipe fitter and Mami, she is a teacher, but right now she's off work: when the schools are closed, then she's home with me and my sisters. Papi works six days a week, sometimes seven; he works anywhere from ten to 15 hours a day and is often very tired when he gets home. He spends a lot of time sleeping or just vegging out when he is home. I don't blame Papi one bit.
I love to do many things: write stories and poems (mostly about my life and school), draw/paint, make crafts, crochet and knit, collect bottle caps, marbles, spoons from around the world, and butterflies, read (I'm a regular bookworm!), play games on the computer, hang out with my friends, go to the mall, listen to music (country, conjunto, mariachi, pop, etc.), and go to concerts. I am a very busy young lady.
I go to church every Sunday and Wednesday. We go to Mesa Baptist. I sing in the choir every Sunday. That's another thing I love to do: singing. For Christmas, I will be singing "O, Holy Night" as a solo; this is my first time doing a solo. I am very nervous; I pray I do well and don't mess up!
Well, I have to go: my cousins are getting ready to leave. I will write in here again soon; until then, I hope you liked what I have written. Take care and may God bless you!
~Love, your new friend, Piedra Hernandez.