People to People

Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family

My mother asked me to get the mail – nothing that abnormal. But when I got the mail there was a letter for me from People to People. I opened it immediately out of curiosity, and it said that I had the opportunity to explore England and France. I ran over to the market where my mother was and told her I was going to Europe. She turned and told me that it was a fraud, but I was already smitten with the idea and unwilling to give up on it that quickly. When we returned home, I went straight for the computer to learn more about the organization and found that not only was it real, it was founded by a president! I shouted for my mother to come and see. Grudgingly, she did, but still she was not convinced that I would be going to Europe. Now her excuse was it will be a fortune and we could not afford it. I took it upon myself to learn as much about People to People and convince my mother it was worthwhile. I printed pamphlets about it that conveniently would end up taped to her coffee mug, on a pillow, perhaps the car's steering wheel. Finally my mother was tired of my propaganda, so she agreed that we could attend an information session.

I counted down every day until the meeting. Once the day came, I was a ball of nervous...

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