The Red Coat
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Jessica Powers
April 2010
Contributor
Written by
Jessica Powers
April 2010
My essay, "The Red Coat," appears in Rough Copy today. Here's a teaser: When I was eight, my family moved from Albuquerque to El Paso. An adventure! my mother said. Why, if you want to go to Mexico, you just walk across a bridge, and there you are! We learned how to count in Spanish, celebrated Christmas, packed the U-Haul, and moved south during the worst snow-storm the area had seen in decades. My parents rented a house with aqua blue and pink shag rugs in a Mexican-American neighborhood and, just after the New Year, I entered third grade at my new school. As the classroom door clanged on my mother’s departing back, I glanced shyly at my classmates, an ache in my chest, the kind of ache you have when you haven’t slept long enough. I shrugged my red coat closer and tried to sort through the excited chatter, Spanish and English mixing into one glorious smattering of unintelligible sound as the classroom absorbed the presence of this white girl, the only one in the class. READ MORE on Rough Copy.

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