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Security Blanket
Created By: Cecile Perez

Personal Statement (Cerita Perez)
For College Application
Security Blanket

My mom took up the hobby of crocheting when she was 15 years old. She loved to make different things such as pillows, sweaters, and blankets. However, free time became tight when she became a mother at the age of 17. When time permitted, she would begin a new project, but would soon be overwhelmed with housework. As a result, a dusty wooden basket in the corner of our living room filled with long-forgotten, half-finished projects became a permanent symbol of her busy life as she struggled to raise her three children.

As young parents, both my mother and my father faced many challenges in order to raise us. Instead of working and having a two-income household, my mother chose to stay home with us despite the financial hardships. My parents gave up their dreams of purchasing a home and going to college to ensure that we were raised in a home full of love and attention, in hopes that one day, we could follow our dreams without restriction. My parents’ sacrifices, dedication, successes, and failures have shaped who I am today.

While growing up, we were very poor. We could not afford the things that most kids could afford in the neighborhood I lived in. Once, when I was in fifth grade, I invited a friend over to my home. After school, she asked her mother if she could come over. Right in front of me, her mother replied "No! They live in the apartments in the bad part of the neighborhood. I will not let you hang around with those kind of people." Her stinging words resonate in my ears to this day. As a result, my friend followed the example of her mother, and teased me for being poor. When I told my mother what had happened, she replied, "It's not the size of the house that matters, it’s the people and the love you find within that makes a real home." Reflecting on this experience, I realize how fortunate I am that my parents never made us feel that we were poor, but instead, filled our lives with the richness of compassion, love and kindness, which were attributes obviously lacking from my friend’s life.

In order to alleviate the financial hardships that my parents experienced when both my brother and sister attended college, I chose to work during my 4 years of high school. I was lucky to find weekend jobs to help me make enough money to buy my own clothing and pay for my school supplies and activities. So instead of going out like most teenagers do on the weekends, I’d spend my weekends bagging groceries and working as a waitress. Working throughout high school taught me a lot about responsibility and managing my time. It also inspired me to apply for college so that I could one day become a professional.

Because I am the only one of my siblings left at my home, my mom decided to take up crocheting again. Her new project was to make me a blanket for my bedroom. At first, I did not believe that she would finish it, and expected to see it collect dust on top of the wooden basket in the living room. But whenever my mom found time, however rare that was, she would add a couple rows. Finally, after 4 years, she finished it, just in time for college. It is a vibrant, rainbow colored blanket that represents the time, patience, love and dedication that my parents put into making me the young woman I am today. Once in college, I will wrap it around me when I need to remember all the support and encouragement that brought me here.

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