Superman Toy

Relationship: Im/migrant
The "Superman Toy" given by my uncle.
The "Superman Toy" given by my uncle.

On my 6th birthday party, I was so happy because it was my birthday and I knew I was going to receive gifts and eat cake and it was going to be something unforgettable. On that day, my uncle gave me a superman toy and he told me, “wherever you go take your superman toy” and I did not understand why he used to say that since I had cars, houses and other toys, but he used to say take the superman toy. Until one day I asked him why he asked me to take my superman toy which he answered. With,  “you are strong, your dad left you, but you still have a big smile on your face as superman when he lost a fight he kept smiling and not giving up.” Since that day I used to take my superman toy to school or wherever I go. When people asked me how I was doing, I used to lift up my superman and my superman answered instead of me. As I was growing up I did not take my superman with me anymore because I know it would be somewhat immature.  And when coming to the U.S from Guatemala I was going to leave my superman, but my uncle told me, again, “wherever you go take your superman toy” I laughed as tears dropped and I tell him, I knew you were going to say that, and I asked him how can a toy have a big story. If I had to give my superman toy to someone I’d give it to those kids with cancer because I know that despite having that Illness, they keep laughing and not losing faith that one day they will be healthy. 

Place(s): Guatemala, New York.
Year: 2017

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