the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
A few people asked us for bus
derive or receive pleasure from
relished seeing the familiar faces of my relatives, and I essentially met my grandparents for the first time.
a female head of a family or tribe
Grandma had raised four daughters and four sons, and she was a true
matriarch: Her husband had died after my mom got married, and she cared for the family on her own.
My grandfather was just like my dad—sweet and
a policy of action to achieve a political or social goal
He told me that he had been following my
someone who attempts to convert others to a doctrine
She had been adopted by a
missionary couple on the Ivory Coast.
selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
A guy named Philip rounded out my
eclectic group of friends.
totally perplexed and mixed up
Mom was totally
an indication of the existence of some person or thing
This was a small
manifestation of a much larger issue on campus.
a playful, attention-getting act done for fun and amusement
These kinds of
antics were not what I expected from my college experience.
a deep opening in the earth's surface
I was exhausted by the thought of dealing with more racial
having superior power and influence
I agreed that getting my college degree was
paramount, but I wanted to do it in an environment where I could feel comfortable.
an unexpected but vivid recurrence of a past experience
Pretty soon the nightmares hit during the day—
deficient in alertness or activity
I became depressed,
the act of dwelling in or occupying a place
One day I told Shannon I didn’t know why I was alive, and she got so worried about me, she reported me to the
occurring without motivation or incitement
They just show up, unannounced,
responsibility to someone or for some activity
I must keep telling it, until the international community proves my words are not only worthy of empathy, but also of
of little substance or significance
The professor told Princesse that she thought I had become distracted by
superficial things, such as makeup and clothes.
affected or marked by low spirits
My friend Kaya came to visit and started crying when she saw how
dejected I looked.
characterized by directness in manner or speech
He was gentle, and I could be honest and
forthright with him, and he would not judge me.
pull back or move away or backward
Little by little, the flashbacks began to
recurring in scattered or unpredictable instances
Rocco kept telling me it would help to see Adele, to ease my way back into the family after several months of
characterized by an imbalance in spatial arrangement
I spotted something more unique: a flowing black-and-white gown with a cool
nervous and unable to relax
A photographer was getting
antsy and asked me to turn toward the camera.
give encouragement to
Afterward, I saw Bradley Cooper and felt
emboldened to walk right up and say hello.
pass out from weakness or physical or emotional distress
a sheer fabric of silk or rayon
The Washington Post said, “In a sea of
chiffon and florals, Sandra Uwiringiyimana’s bold black-and-white graphic print by Zero + Maria Cornejo stood out.”
grave or even gloomy in character
It was a long,
a sharp spasm of pain
As soon as he left, I felt a
a negotiator who acts as a link between parties
For my mom and me, he became a
of the greatest intensity; complete
profoundly uncomfortable for Mom and me to sit down together.
a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave
There was a
tsunami of emotion on both ends.
She had always been so
tenacious, no matter what life threw at her.
teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
But at the same time, my parents were the ones who had
instilled the confidence in me to be myself.
the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
There’s a certain sense of
camaraderie in the city, a feeling that we’re all in it together, no matter how different we might be.
incite or stimulate
I told her he’s a great guy, a caring and supportive soul who had
spurred me to reunite with my family.
hurt the feelings of
“Mom,” I implored, “I don’t think it’s fair for you to expect me to live within these cultural expectations. I’m not trying to
spite you. But we live in America now. I don’t want to live my life based on where I came from. I don’t want to be defined by a race, a culture, a tribe.”
look with amazement
The hot African sun felt good on my skin after the long winter in New York, and we
gawked at hippos, rhinos, giraffes, and zebras.
ideally perfect state
Our relationship had been an escape from reality, a little
encompassing much or everything