This is my story of when I felt that I lived between two worlds. My parents are from Albania, but I was born in New York and lived here for all my life. Growing up, I was learning how to speak English and Albanian at the same time, which caused problems for me when I attended school because I would subconsciously mix English and Albanian when I spoke. When I did that, the other students would make fun of me and told me that I did not belong here in this country. My speech got to the point where the school decided that I needed to go to the school speech and OT program to help me fix my speaking problem. After a couple of years, my speaking problem improved, but that same year was the first time I could go to my parent’s home country and see the family I have over there and explore the area we were in.
I soon realized that the kids over there did the same thing as the kids here, telling me that I did not belong in their country and side you Americans need to go back to your own country. After my trip to Albanian, I made some friends who didn’t care that I had speech problems. With their help, I learned to ignore the people who tried to make fun of me or tried to tell me “to go back to your country.” I also got into the habit of saying thank you to the people who tried to offend me just to frustrate them. I’m now more comfortable with who i am and my family background. I also no longer worry or care for what others think of me.