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The watch

Once upon a time, a man named Miguel lived in a small village in Mexico. Despite the love he had for his family and community, Miguel yearned for a better life and greater opportunities. He heard of the promises of the United States and made the difficult decision to leave everything he knew behind and cross the border in pursuit of the American Dream.

Before leaving, Miguel’s grandfather gave him a watch that had been passed down for generations in their family. The watch was old and battered, but it kept perfect time and was a symbol of the family’s history and heritage. Miguel treasured the watch and wore it with pride as he embarked on his journey to the other side.

The journey was long and treacherous, and Miguel faced many challenges. He encountered harsh weather, difficult terrain, and the constant threat of being caught by immigration authorities. But the watch reminded him of why he was making the crossing and gave him the strength to keep going.

When Miguel finally got to the other side, he started building a new life. He was determined to succeed and worked tirelessly to provide for himself and his family. Despite the hardships he faced, he never lost sight of his dreams and was grateful for the opportunities that lay ahead of him.

Years went by and Miguel prospered. He found a job, made new friends, and eventually started a family of his own. The watch remained with him throughout his journey and served as a constant reminder of the sacrifices he had made and the courage he had shown to cross the border and start a new life.

One day, as Miguel was passing down the watch to his own son, he told him the story of the journey he had taken and the obstacles he had overcome. He spoke of the hardships and the challenges, but also of the joys and the triumphs. He told his son of the love he had for his family and community, and of the determination he had shown to make a better life for himself and those he loved.

The watch became a symbol of the family’s resilience and determination, and a reminder that the pursuit of a better life knows no boundaries. It was a reminder that, no matter how difficult the journey may be, with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible. 

Alexandros Anasiadis
1st Model Middle School of Athens

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