Confused and scared, I pedaled home and confronted Lolo. I remember him sitting within the garage, cutting coupons. I dropped my bike and ran up to him, showing him the card that is green. “Peke ba ito?” I inquired in Tagalog. (“Is this fake?”) My grandparents were naturalized American citizens as a food server — and they had begun supporting my mother and me financially when I was 3, after my father’s wandering eye and inability to properly provide for us led to my parents’ separation— he worked as a security guard, she. Lolo was a proud man, and I saw the shame on his face me he purchased the card, along with other fake documents, for me as he told. “Don’t show it with other people,” he warned.
I decided then I was an American that I could never give anyone reason to doubt. Read More