There are few times in a young boy’s life where one event can change things forever. That moment for me was when I moved from my home in Brazil to America, leaving behind my father, Eduardo.
My mother divorced my father when I was only two, and she met a man from America when I was twelve. When my mom brought the news that they were now engaged and I would now have to move with them to America, my world was turned upside down. It immediately hit me that I would be leaving behind everything I love, including my father, whom had always played a major role in my life.
Living in Brazil, it is hard to feel safe and secure due to the extreme violence that occurs on a daily basis. However, my father was so caring and comforting towards me I felt safe no matter what the circumstances. When I was younger, I was always scared at night and hated to be alone, but every time I would stay with him I had no fears. He was there for me no matter what, but unfortunately, my priorities seemed to be my social life rather than quality time with him. I specifically remember a time when father asked me to go to dinner with him and I simply denied him so I could be with my friends. I didn’t realize at the time how inconsiderate I was, and that soon I would hardly be able to see him at all, and now I regret it every day. The only connection I have with him now is either through the phone or computer, which isn’t bad, but the fact that I know he can’t be there with me through my high school years makes things hard at times.
Whether it’s school, friends, or family, every aspect of my life changed the day I moved away. I now understand the importance of taking advantage of the time I have with the ones who mean the most to me. I also realize that adversity can occur at any moment, and it isn’t the event that necessarily changes you, but how you respond and learn from the event that matters.