. . . EVER since then I’ve been KNOWN as the LITTLE girl who LOST her SHOE
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I LOST my MOM when I was LITTLE and I’m not quite sure what HAPPENED to my DAD but I live with my AUNT (tia) and her twins.
Every time I ASK my TIA about my DAD she says –she doesn’t KNOW and she doesn’t CARE!!
I SWEAR she HATES me by the WAY she TREATS ME and by the WAY she TALKS to me and for her GIRLS they just as MEAN. They are just like their MOM.
I do EVERYTHING around the HOUSE. It’s like all I ever do is CLEAN clean CLEAN.
While I’m CLEANING my tia WATCHES her NOVELAS and the GIRLS well they PLAY with their TOYS all DAY long.
And while I clean I DANCE with the BROOM pretending I’m a PRINCESS.
I think of how LIFE would be WITHOUT my tia and the girls always BOSSING me AROUND.
One DAY during my CLEANING and DANCING around the HOUSE there was a KNOCK at the DOOR but WHO could it be NO ONE ever comes OVER and I don’t BLAME them with as MEAN as my TIA is I wouldn’t EITHER.
When I went to OPEN the DOOR it was a FRIEND of my tia’s LEAVING an INVITATION for her DAUGHTER’S quinceañera.
I OVERHEARD my tia say we would be THERE and if there was ANYTHING she NEEDED help with??
I THOUGHT to myself what was I going to WEAR?? All I ever wore was SWEATS and I always had my HAIR in a MESSY bun I guess that’s what HAPPENS when you NEVER go ANYWHERE.
I was MORE than sure my TIA wasn’t going to LET me GO in SWEATS but as MEAN as she was she PROBABLY would.
I was so EXCITED when she TOLD us to get READY she was TAKING us SHOPPING for the quinceañera.
When we GOT to the MALL she TOLD us NOT to ask for ANYTHING we were JUST there to FIND something for the DANCE and that was it.
She FOUND what she was going to WEAR and SOMETHING for the GIRLS but what about ME???
When I finally got the COURAGE to ask her if I was getting SOMETHING to WEAR she LAUGHED and said I wasn’t getting ANYTHING. I cried WHY?!?! She SAID because I wasn’t going ANYWHERE and said if ANYONE asked I was REALLY really SICK.
She said I was staying HOME and ASHLEY was coming over to WATCH me.
Ashley was my MOM’S best FRIEND. I haven’t SEEN her for the LONGEST time maybe it’s BECAUSE she MOVED so FAR away.
On the WAY home I TRIED so HARD not to CRY but I couldn’t HELP it and the MORE and MORE the GIRLS called me a CRY baby the MORE I cried.
I had a PLAN as soon as we got HOME I was going to PACK all my THINGS and when they LEFT I was going to RUN away and that’s EXACTLY what I did I packed my THINGS and WAITED. I made sure I put my THINGS in the CLOSET so that if ANYONE came to my ROOM they wouldn’t SEE all my things PACKED.
I had a SMILE on my FACE dancing around the HOUSE cleaning while they got READY knowing they would be LEAVING soon.
At that MOMENT there was NOTHING they could DO or SAY that would make me SAD.
They WAITED for ASHLEY to get here BEFORE they LEFT.
Tia told her she would be HOME a LITTLE after MIDNIGHT and told her to make sure I went to BED early and if I was ANY kind of TROUBLE to give her a CALL.
When I heard HER call ME trouble I walked away and rolled my EYES.
And as soon as they LEFT I went STRAIGHT to my ROOM to get my THINGS and LEAVE when I noticed ASHLEY following ME.
I was going to LEAVE even if she didn’t LET me.
When she ASKED me where I was going and that she THOUGHT I was SICK.
I TOLD her I was RUNNING away and that I wasn’t SICK my tia just LIED so that I wouldn’t GO with them.
I CRIED telling her how MEAN they were to ME.
She told me how SORRY she was and that my MOM was NOTHING like my tia.
She cried TELLING me how she MISSED my MOM so VERY much.
And said she was ONLY in town for the quinceañera but when my TIA found OUT she was in TOWN she BEGGED her to WATCH me because I was REALLY really SICK so she said YES. She said there was NO way she could SAY no.
She WIPED away my TEARS and told me to get my SHOES on so I did.
She took me to the MALL but didn’t TELL me for WHAT until we got there and when we did she said we were going to the DANCE and that was THAT.
She BOUGHT me a BEAUTIFUL baby blue dress and some PRETTY glass SLIPPERS.
When we got HOME she took her TIME in getting me READY before she got READY. She did my HAIR and my NAILS.
With TEARS in her EYES she said I looked so BEAUTIFUL and that I REMINDED her so MUCH of my MOM.
I really FELT like a PRINCESS for the FIRST time in my LIFE and it was thanks to SOMEONE who REALLY meant a lot to my MOM.
She HUGGED me and PROMISED we would have so much FUN.
As we pulled up to the PARTY I was kinda SCARED of what would HAPPEN if I seen my TIA and ASHLEY said “hey don’t WORRY we’re HERE to have FUNN.”
She was RIGHT there was NOTHING to WORRY about with that MANY people there. I NEVER once seen my tia or the GIRLS the WHOLE night.
Everyone was DANCING having a GOOD time.
But there was some GUY I noticed that kept LOOKING our WAY. For some REASON he looked so FAMILIAR but i wasn’t sure from where.
When the DJ ANNOUNCED it was the LAST song of the NIGHT that guy FINALLY came up to ASHLEY and asked her to DANCE.
She said the ONLY way she would DANCE with HIM is if I could DANCE with them . . . He smiled and SAID –of COURSE.
They gave each OTHER a HUG and said they hadn’t seen each other in EVER.
The MUSIC was so LOUD but I could HEAR him asking QUESITONS about who I was just THEN my TIA yanked me by the ARM and asked ME what I was doing THERE.
She YANKED me so HARD I lost my BALANCE and LOST my GLASS slipper as she PULLED my OUT of the CROWD. I really hoped SOMEONE would find it and give to me BEFORE we LEFT but it didn’t HAPPEN.
I really loved my GLASS slippers.
Everything HAPPENED so FAST I didn’t even get the CHANCE to THANK Ashley for EVERYTHING.
My tia YELLED at ME all the WAY home. I faded her yell out by THINKING about how much FUN I had.
I had the BEST time of my LIFE.
The NEXT day while I was in my ROOM I was STILL getting YELLED at from the LIVING room about the NIGHT before but it didn’t BOTHER me I was already USED to it.
I THOUGHT I heard a KNOCK on the DOOR so cracked open my DOOR a LITTLE bit just ENOUGH to see who it WAS and it HAPPENED to be ASHLEY and the GUY from LAST night.
What were they doing HERE??
I was a LITTLE worried about WHAT was going to HAPPEN especially after what HAPPENED last NIGHT.
They asked if they COULD come in they REALLY needed to TALK to HER.
She really didn’t have a CHOICE they WALKED in EVEN before she COULD say ANYTHING.
The guy from LAST night seemed to be VERY upset and was DEMANDING for an EXPLANATION.
He asked what REALLY happened to her SISTER and how COME she NEVER told him SHE had a DAUGHTER.
He got EVEN more MAD when he ASKED her how COME she NEVER told him that BEAUTIFUL little GIRL he always asked about was his DAUGHTER.
She tried to CALM him DOWN but it DIDN’T work he ONLY got LOUDER.
He CLAIMED he knew EVERYTHING.
Mark 4:22 For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.
Who was this GUY and how did he KNOW my MOM??
He said he WANTED to SEE me and that he wasn’t got to LEAVE without ME.
I had NEVER seen my TIA so SCARED.
You could HEAR it in her VOICE that she was SCARED by the WAY she STUDDERED for HIM to LET her EXPLAIN.
She started by SAYING she was SORRY and that she KNEW that as SOON as he FOUND out he HAD a DAUGHTER he would take me away from HER and I was ALL she HAD left of her SISTER. She BEGGED him NOT to TAKE me.
He YELLED he HEARD enough and that he WANTED to SEE me NOW!!
She CRIED she wasn’t going to FIGHT with HIM and if he was THERE for ME she wasn’t going to STOP him from TAKING me.
I was so CONFUSED maybe it was because I couldn’t hear much of what she was saying and all I could hear was HIM getting LOUDER and LOUDER.
Out of FAER my tia CALLED me to the LIVING room.
I said –yea TIA!! as I WALKED into the LIVING room as if I had no IDEA we had COMPANY.
She said –mija I want you to MEET your DAD.
He has SOMETHING to TELL you.
With ONE hand BEHIND his BACK he asked me to CLOSE my EYES and to HOLD out my HAND he had SOMETHING for ME.
How did he KNOW I LOVED surprises??
When I OPENED my EYES he said –I THINK this BELONGS to YOU.
It was my GLASS slipper.
With a SMILE on my FACE I gave him a BIGG hug.
My tia asked that I get my THINGS together.
I wasn’t SURE what she MEANT by get my THINGS together.
My daddy said –for me to PACK up my THINGS he was HERE to PICK me up.
I giggled if he ONLY knew I ALREADY had my things PACKED from the DAY before.
As we PACKED my THINGS in his CAR, my TIA nor the GIRLS said a WORD. They didn’t EVEN say bye but it’s OK.
On our WAY to DADDY’S house I asked HIM how did he FIND out he had a DAUGHTER and how did he KNOW it was ME??
He LOOKED over and SMILED at ASHLEY.
He said –she TOLD him EVERYTHING.
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If you’re WONDERING what HAPPENED next well let me TELL you.
DADDY fell in LOVE with and MARRIED Ashley and we LIVED happily EVER after.
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. . . EVER since then I’ve been KNOWN as the LITTLE girl who LOST her SHOE