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After reading Saray's funny yet inspiring poem "Soooonnnniiiiaaa" and Dominique's beautifully symbolic poem "My Next Door Neighbor" I couldn't help, but look at El Paso and Mexico in a whole new way.

 

I grew up in El Paso and for the most part took it for granted (and still do). "Boring," "ugly," and "I can't wait to get out of here," were always used as I described my hometown to others. But never once did I realize the true beauties of El Paso. The beautiful Franklin Mountains, the rich Hispanic culture, the mouthwatering and "life-changing" mexican food, the closeness of our community, but most importantly the fact that it made me who I am today. El Paso has showed me that life isn't always about having something "materialistic" to do, but enjoying the simple things in life.

 

Now that I have moved to Austin for school, I can't complain I love it, but it will never be good old El Paso. The relaxed,easy going, family oriented, culturally rich, historic El Paso that I have slowly grown to love. As I grow older and find my path in life I will never forget where I came from. People will come and people will go, but El Paso will always be there waiting for my return. El Paso will always have my back. I will always find my way back home. 

 

P.s. if you haven't read Saray's or Dominique's poems I highly recommend you do! 

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Comment by Sonia Rangel on July 27, 2011 at 11:27am
I completely agree with you. I think that sometimes you have to leave in order to re-discover your hometown. Moving away (and studying abroad) has helped me appreciate El Paso so much more!


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