Hannah(left), Glory(middle), me(right), my sister Nahla(middle) At a school assembly on Friday – Mathews Elementary – Fourth Grade
The first time I arrived in America, I was so shy and confused. I didn’t know the language, I was far away from my family in Indonesia, and everything was wonderful and shocking and miraculous all at once. Vending machines amazed me for goodness sake.
Yesterday, my family and I went to my cousin’s house for selametan. Selametan is when someone invites people to their house to eat and say prayers because something good happened. Yesterday, my uncle Om Fuad held that event because his wife just delivered a baby, whose name is Mumtaz. We stayed there for almost five hours. My parents talked with everyone else while my sister and I sat around stuffing ourselves and watching the adorable baby. I met a new friend there, too. Her name is Vita and she’s 13 years old. Here’s the crazy thing: she’s going into high school next year! It’s because she started school early. Also, she took an acceleration program in middle school.
I went home very, very full and happy.
So today, I’ll be entering a local contest. There are three contests actually, and I’m planning on entering all of them, hehe! 😀 There’s a photography contest, a poster-making contest, and a writing contest. The theme is Lingkungan Sehat, Clean Environment. I hope I’ll win! 😀 The prizes are awesome, ya know! It says that prizes include: smartphone, tablet, notebook, $750, $500 and $300. Wowza, haha 😛
I still remember the first day I met Sophia. I was playing at the playground at my elementary school when Ms. Kinkaid, the principal at the time, called me over. A little girl who looked about my age had long black hair and was hiding behind Ms. Kinkaid. She was looking down and moving her black slippers back and forth through the dirt as I came over. Right after we were introduced, Sophia and I became close friends. We have been close ever since, despite the long distance friendship we currently have. I still remember all the times I went over to her house and we would let our imaginations run rampant as we played games, raced snails on the gazebo, and jumped on her bed while listening to the radio. I miss her so much, and I’m so glad that we are friends. 🙂