Op-ed by Jonathan Venegas
This Father’s Day will be sad without him here.
When I think about my dad, I think about how nice and helpful and fun he is. He taught me how to play soccer and he plays with me and my brother all the time. The best times with him are making carne asada, making jokes, and just being together. He taught us how to know when to flip the meat, how to make it taste the best and to be really juicy. He laughs all the time and dances really weird, especially when America, our favorite soccer team, scores a goal or wins a game. He’s taught me a lot, and we try to show him that we love him.
But now my dad is in jail. As the oldest, I have to help my mom a lot more than I did before. I do more chores, pay the bills, take out the trash, wash the car, and help my brother and sister with their homework. My brother, Isaac, has been recording every soccer game since my dad’s been in jail, so that we can all watch them together when he gets home.
Last year when we celebrated Father’s Day, we played soccer and my dad made carne asada. We got him some clothes and a pair of shoes and spent the whole day together. The clothes were my mom’s idea, because my dad really likes to look good.
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