Summer Days

“The Plaza After the Rain”

By Carlos Peralta

The meeting place with my childhood friends was always the sidewalk in front of my house.  The sun would always accompany us on our adventures until the moon warned us that we had to return to home or go to someone’s house to continue our adventures, games and more. But in the summer evenings, as all summer evenings in northern Peru, there came a great rain, and many times we went out to play under it. The only risk we had was that our mothers called us to return home to get dry clothes and rest until the rain stops. For that reason we needed to devise a plan to avoid the rain, and continue our adventures. But sometimes the rains never ended and we had to wait until the next day to get together and take back our wonderful summer adventures. And this is how a new cycle began with my dear childhood friends. We designed a strategy that never failed us and we opened the doors to the imagination and knowledge.

In those summer evenings many of us had finished the second year of school, so our appetite to know, and learn various topics made us open to meet new challenges. Therefore, we could have access to better games and not the classic games that existed in our childhood. It was so our group of Martin, Alan, Diana, Vanessa, Pamela, Gustavo and I decided we had to be prepared for those rainy days and decided that everyone had to have prepared a tale or book to get together in the garage of my house to learn to read or exchange books and so that started it all.

In those days my aunt Maria, my mother’s sister, had traveled to Cuba and she brought me some stories that CCCP or Union of Soviet Socialist Republics granted and abounded in that country, but not only that, she gave to me a set of books called The How? When? Where? and Why? They were a set of books that respond to the most common questions that any child wanted to know. These last books were my favorites and my friends’ as we were opening the imagination with such information to scientific, technological, educational and many more levels.  Those books opened our eyes and we were surprised.  I think even now someone is shocked when he learns something new, imagine that when one was a child.

The most interesting part of our group was that each of us was studying at different schools although we lived on the same block. So, I think that helped us to have different views on various issues and always someone expressed a new word that we never had heard and asked for them to repeat and explain the significance of this for us also we can learn and use in our adventurous talks.

With the passage of time we discovered a game called Tutti Frutti which was to choose a particular letter of the alphabet and we had to write to complete the various categories such as a name, an animal, a thing, a city, a fruit or vegetable, and a color. Of course, everything must start with the selected letter, that was our challenge. In this part, our best ally was the dictionary and it is here where we discovered new words, not only that also new countries, new animals, etc. Everyday we discovered something new, the world was full of surprises for us.

You could say it was one of the best summers in my childhood with those friends. Now a lot of us already took a different course in life.  Some of us marvel constantly of what we were doing and how we learned, having fun with the fact of wanting expand our knowledge. Accordingly might even say I’m feeling the same as in those years with my old friends and I always welcome new things to learn.

Submitted for ENG 097 Basic Writing, Spring 2016.  Assignment: Literacy Narrative
Instructor: Alexa Carey

Instructor comments: What I found to be particularly strong about this Literacy Narrative is how the vivid details of the climate in Peru, coupled with the poetic devices, created an almost dreamlike story for the reader. Figurative language such as the personification of the moon “warning” the children helped move the story along, and the use of the word “cycle” indicates the connection to the natural world.

Photo credit:  “The Plaza After the Rain” by fank209. Licensed under Creative Commons.


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