[Exercise: List 30 ways you felt different from others as a child. (I came up with ten.)]

  1. I was brown; they were white.
  2. My mother spoke to me in “broken” English; theirs spoke “regular” English.
  3. We lived in an apartment; they lived in houses.
  4. They spoke English at home; we spoke Spanish and English.
  5. They ate steak and potatoes, pork chops and mashed potatoes, hamburgers, hotdogs, French fries; we ate chicken and rice, salad, liver and onions, salad, rice and beans, platanos maduros, tortillas.
  6. My name was “Stelli”; their names were Stacy, Kim, Mary, Michelle, Amy, and Liz.
  7. I was born in Nicaragua; they were born in the U.S.
  8. I was quiet and polite; they were loud and talked back.
  9. I was an only child; they had brothers and sisters.
  10. My parents were divorced; theirs weren’t.