Building Bright Futures
SANTIAGO A. MARTINI CORNEJO
SHOES FOR HECTOR
By Nicholasa Mohr
READING IS FUNDAMENTAL
CIUDAD JUÁREZ, CHIHUAHUA, ENERO 24, 2011SHOES FOR HECTOR
BY NICHOLASA MOHR
THIS STORY WAS WRITTEN MORE THAN TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO.
TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS BOUGHT A LOT MORE THAN THEY DO TODAY
Hector´s mother went to see Uncle Luisthe day before graduation. They came back home on the evening. Everyone sat in the living room watching Uncle Luis as he took a white box out of a brown paper bag. He opened the box, and he took out apair of shiny light-brown shoes with tall heels and narrow, pointed toes. Holding them proudly, he said, “They cost me 12 bucks, boy!”
Hector was going to be graduating and he needed a good pair ofshoes, and fortunately his Uncle Luis had the same foot size as Hector. The problem was that Hector did not like Uncle Luis’ shoes, because they were orange and didn´t go well with his suit that wasnavy blue.
Hector had a part time job, and thanks to that he was able to buy his suit, his tie, his shirt, his socks, and his handkerchief. His parents promised him to buy him the shoes, but theyhave not enough money because they spend a lot in a party, cake, and dinner for the neighbors and family to celebrate Hector´s graduation. Also Hector´s father was laid off for three days of his job, andHector´s sister Petie, got sick, and his brother Georgie needed a winter jacket, and his brother Juanito needed some things too.
Now his parents want Hector to accepted Uncle Luis’ shoes, but Hectoris very angry, he try by all means not to try those shoes, he wants to wear his sneakers, or his father´s shoes, but it was impossible… his parents kept telling him “try them on please, do it for me,they are not orange, just a light – brown color.” As his father spoke, Hector wanted to say a few things like, “It´s not my fault that you spent the money on a party and a cake and everything to...