Start Where You Are

Hardo Baker
HCOM 197
Independent Studies
(Woman Hollering Creek and other stories)
(By Sandra Cisneros)
Chapter One
Section One
My Friend Lucy
Upon opening the book and reading the first paragraph I noticed a strangeness in the writing. I said to myself that these are run-on sentences. I had to go back and read the first paragraph all over because it did not make sense to me at first. As I read on, I thought to myself that either this individual is illiterate or she wrote in this style on purpose. Consequent to finishing the first section in chapter one I realized that she did the run on sentences on purpose. One of the reasons was that she wanted to sound like a small child and perhaps the other was to link one thought to the next as perhaps a hyper child might. It was also interesting how in the first paragraph she started out with "Lucy Anguiano, Texas girl who smells like corn" and ends the paragraph "like the yellow blood of butterflies." Notice that corn is yellow and how she links the blood of butterflies that is also yellow to Lucy. Sandra describes things in great detail in this first section. Notice how she describes things once again, "giant cat-eye with a grasshopper green spiral center" that is a marble. Again in this passage with, "only a pink tongue rolling around in there like a blind worm" that is the inside of Lucy\'s mouth that she relates to animals or bugs (1). She mentions animals in one form or another throughout this section.
I get the sense that the young girl who is telling the story is an only child who longs to have sisters like her friend Lucy. Wishing she was dark skinned like her friend\'s family longing to be one of them. The young girl also has a strange personality. She wants to scratch off her Lucy\'s mosquito bites, look under the house where rats hide, peel a scab from her knee and eat it and sneeze on a cat. Yet, she also has a very charming side to her also. The unnamed girl wants to share a popsicle, saved three M & M\'s for Lucy, wants to comb and braid her hair, and wave to an unknown woman on the bus.
Section Two
Sandra continues to use run on sentences. Yet, they are not quite as long as in the first section of chapter one. Yet, she keeps the character talking in the same manner as before. Though, I notice that it is just the same when Rachel starts crying. One can see that the child\'s speech is peculiar. I would have expected her to talk with the run on sentences when she is crying and trying to explain something to someone, all the while sniffling and hyper-ventilating. Sandra makes the reader feel that Rachel is an insecure child. Strangely, Sandra does not indent the first paragraph yet she indents the rest. I have no reasoning why she might have done this. I saw the same thing in the first section when the story first began however I did not expect it to continue.
I see that Rachel\'s birthday is here and she finally is getting wiser. The older one gets one never feels older just because your birthday has just arrived. The feeling of being a little older is a gradual process as Rachel stated. "You don\'t feel eleven. Not right away. It takes a few days, weeks even, sometimes even months. . ." (7). I can relate to Rachel when she says, "Like some days you might say something stupid, and that\'s the part of you that\'s still ten"(6). When visiting my parents, they tell me to grow up or act my age when horsing around, joking trying to have fun. Though, to me this is the child within, which everyone still has in them. Some people have become so serious in life that they have forgotten that life is supposed to be enjoyable. I really can feel what Rachel is feeling when Mrs. Price puts Rachel on the spot with that dirty stretched out raggedy sweater. When I was a child, at the age of eleven, my family experienced hard times for a year.