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The Second Mom

From: Radio Rookies
Length: 07:04

Teenager Sara Martinez has to look after her younger brother, who is autistic, and serve as a translator for her parents, who speak limited English.

Saralg_small Sara Martinez assumes a lot of responsibility in her family. She helps her parents, who are from Mexico, with household chores and serves as their bridge to the English-speaking world. She also looks after her three younger siblings, including her youngest brother, Diego, who was born with autism. Sara knows that taking care of Diego helped her grow up faster than her peers, and sometimes she feels she missed out on being just a regular teenager. As Sara says in her radio documentary, "When my mom was telling me her worries about Diego, inside I was like, why are you telling me this? I'm just a kid - why should I have to worry too?? But instead I just let my mom talk."

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Sara Martinez assumes a lot of responsibility in her family. She helps her parents, who are from Mexico, with household chores and serves as their bridge to the English-speaking world. She also looks after her three younger siblings, including her youngest brother, Diego, who was born with autism. Sara knows that taking care of Diego helped her grow up faster than her peers, and sometimes she feels she missed out on being just a regular teenager. As Sara says in her radio documentary, "When my mom was telling me her worries about Diego, inside I was like, why are you telling me this? I'm just a kid - why should I have to worry too?? But instead I just let my mom talk."

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This piece was about a girl named Sara Martinez who lives with her younger siblings one of which is autistic that means that he is not just like other kids and things don’t come easy for him so because Sara’s parents work a lot she becomes somewhat of Diego’s (her little brother) caretaker or “second mom”. This is a very hard task that becomes very time consuming. I can relate to her greatly because I have to take care of my younger brothers a lot when my parents go out ,or if they have to work late his is definitely difficult when I’m trying to do school work. But in a way I consider it bonding time. I do consider Sara a hero like her sister mentioned in the piece because she does so much I truly commend her for that. I hope she makes it somewhere with her music because her voice is great. Overall I loved this piece it was very well done.