I also wrote this story for my Master’s Thesis. The details of the lives of the people in it were based on kids I saw each day walking to school in the poorest part of the town where I went to college, outside LA. Reading it now, I’m not so sure it’s particularly politically correct for me to have written a story from the perspective of a poor Mexican child, but I still like the story. It’s powerful, and I think that’s because what Conchita, the main character, feels is so universal. It was also written with both empathy and respect.