ESOL 0372
Prof. Leal
Reading Changed My Life! (BR#4)
After a lifetime of abuse, Maria Cardenas was finally living in peace with her daughter. But soon, that little girl would be able to read better than her mother. What could Maria do? School was a nightmare for Daisy Russell. She couldnít wait to get away from a place where she felt stupid and worthless. But once she dropped out, she discovered a burning desire to learn to read. Was it too late? As a child, Julia Burney escaped from the poverty and violence of her home into a world of books. As an adult, she saw children growing up without that escape available to them. How could she help? In Reading Changed My Life! Three True Stories, youíll learn what happened to Maria, Daisy, and Julia. They are three courageous women whose stories will touch and inspire you.
Daisy Russel spent her unfortunate childhood a violent father, a gold seeker. Her family often had to move all over the country looking for the pot of gold. Therefore, between first and sixth grades, Daisy attended seventeen different schools. As a result, it affects a lot on her education. Her father considered girls donít need education and. When Daisy was about a year old, if her mother didnít stop him, he tried to give Daisy away. Daisy was beaten by her father all the time. Furthermore, an uncle had been sexually abusing her. In school, she was too frightened to tell her teachers about anything, she tried to make her self-quitter and quitter. Until one day, her mother took her run way. Daisy was finally free of her father. But the beatings from him had damaged her spirit. School became a nightmare with her. She felt herself stupid and worthless at school. By chance, when she was about 18, a lady gave her a copy of magazine. It took her months to read it. But she tried hard enough and discovered a burning desire to learn to read. It wasnít too late for her. By reading more and more books, she tried to change her life. Until now, she becomes a happy and successful woman.
There is a lot of research about the benefits of reading, itís not only given us knowledge but also helps us overcome the stress and sleep better. Look at Daisy Russelís story, although she spent her childhood with violence and abusing from her father, and her spirit was damaged. But when she starts to read her first book, it helped to comfort her soul, and take away her nightmares. I think the most important thing that changes her life is not only reading, but also is her persistence. She was not good at school but she wasnít giving up. She tried to read even though itís not easy. I am so much interested with the story of Maria because she is one of the bravest woman l have ever read about. Her story changed my life instantly when she was raped and was forced to marry the rapist even when she was in such an ugly incident. Despite all this, Maria decided that she has to become someone in life, and she made a great effort to rise above her struggle, and became a successful person.