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What lessons have you learned from this story?

posted Apr 14, 2010, 7:29 PM by Big Fudge
I would have to say a lesson that I took away from this adventurous book would have to be, never giving up even when the whole world seems to be saying turn back. The stories that are told within the book are very moving, I recall the chapter, Padre Leo's Help, and how it told his life was being challenged as a priest trying to aid all the immigrating travelers, when every single one of his friends and neighbors told him not to even bother. But did he let their responses weigh him down? Not a chance. In order to take care of all these people, Father Leo did all sorts of things,"Padre Leo gave up the two-bedroom priest's apartment attached to the church so that female migrants would have a place to sleep."(173) That's not all he would do, if a migrant needed cloths, the Padre would slip a shirt off his own back if he ran out of shirts to donate or what was left in his own closet.   Another character I would have to say was very strong willed would be Enrique's mom, Lourdes. After Lourdes paid for Enrique to be smuggled to the United States, Enrique kind of put her through hell after the first couple of months passed. Enrique started fighting with her over stuff I find idiotic. On page 200, Lourdes and Enrique are having a conversation and Lourdes is saying to Enrique that he really should shape up while he is trying to make enough money to take care of his family back home. Then Enrique cuts her off with, "All you do is yap, yap, yap! You keep sticking your nose into things that are none of your business!" And yet after all their fighting, Lourdes still forgave her son and loves him no matter what. Now that might be some maternal instinct or some other thing I don't understand but I still view her as a strong willed character/person.