Nube Vidal, ESOL Student
My name is Nube. I am from Ecuador. I am 31 years old. I am a mother attending adult education classes. I am very grateful to the people working to help moms in their education. Three years ago, I got here to Chicago. My life was very hard because I did not speak English and could not explain my feelings or ask for help. I needed help when my baby got locked in his bedroom. One day, a nurse told me that my kids made a mess at the waiting room in the doctor’s office, but my kids had not made a mess and I could not defend them. I felt angry. My daughter was very sick, and I was at the emergency room but I needed a translator and had to wait an hour. Someone offered me a job, but I could not take it because I did not know English. I could not explain homework to my daughter, and I felt like I was at the same level of education as my daughter in kindergarten. Without knowing English I felt ignorant and dumb, and I cried.
Now I am married to Agustin, and I have two children. Mishell is 8 years old. Gabriel is 2 years old. I do not have more family here. I perform my daily responsibilities and duties of a mother and wife. I take my daughter to different activities on different days so she can dance and play soccer and football. My daughter likes that. Also I work from 6:00pm to 9:00pm taking care of 10 children in an adult school.
I take the time to study English from 8:30am to 11:30am. It changed my life. I have an excellent teacher. Every day, she teaches us something interesting and different. It helps me stay in school. I spend time studying and sometimes I catch myself and realize how much I’ve learned.
I started in level 1. Now, I’m in the fourth level of English. I can understand and explain homework to my daughter. I can go to the doctor and don’t need a translator. I can defend myself if I am accused of something I didn’t do. I can enroll my daughter in different programs. I can read my email and help my neighbors read their email. I can talk to my neighbors. I feel useful, and I can express my feelings. In this way I have changed my life and my family.
It really helps moms to have childcare. I advise women to focus on studying. It’s hard, but we can do it! Thanks for all the educational programs that have changed lives. I pledge to continue studying, because I have much to learn.