Respecting Family

Fatima Javid

Respecting Family

          Were you ever humiliated by someone in your family? In “The All American Slurp” and “Abuela Invents the Zero” the Lin’s daughter and Connie feel this way. However, they soon learn family is important and you should always protect them.

          “Looking up I saw the eyes of everyone in the room on our family.” This happened the first time the Lin family went to the Gleason’s house. When the Lin family was zipping pieces of celery off of the stick to eat it, everybody began staring at them. Also Connie feels this way when Abuela gets “lost” in the mass. Connie is too mortified to help Abuela.

          However, the protagonists soon learn to be responsible and sometimes it’s alright to be embarrassed. The Lin daughter is clever and uses responsibility to make her mom buy her new clothes. Her mom makes her wear a uniform in a non-uniform school (a white shirt and navy blue pants). When she tries to buy flour for her mother, she wears a skirt on a boy’s bicycle; her mom becomes abashed. So, the Lin family buys pants. On the other hand, Connie was uncomfortable with her abuela and tried to stay as far as she could from her. However, Connie had to take abuela to mass; terrified somebody would see them together.

          Thirdly, being American is being yourself. Both protagonists learn this at the end. The Lin daughter learns this when Meg tells her that all Americans slurp. Connie learns this when she has to apologize to her grandma. The Lin family and abuela were American, after all.

          Both characters learn a lesson at the end and begin to respect their family. The Lin daughter learns she too is an American while Connie learns to apologize for wrong doing.