We moved to miami when i was five years old
Miami is the name of a native american tribe from Florida
"the cry of a crane"
we were natives and indians of el salvador
in Miami we were foreigners.We have always been foreigners in miami.
on my seventh birthday the pink cake crashed on the floor
that table was from k-mart, it wasn't real wood
and my dad gave me a pink purse with pens that had erasers
when my baby sister wrote all over my Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
book with a marker, i cried and tried to erase everything
with the pen's eraser.
My dad said we would go back to the dollar store
and buy more pens with erasers.
We never did.
But i still have that old purse,
and i remember the book that i was so embarrassed to return to the library.
It was a book about a donkey who collected pebbles, not knowing that he was collecting Pebbles that had magic inside.