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Memories That Never Happened

by Ari (United States)

April 2021

Write the World Review

Audio: "Memories That Never Happened," read by Ari

In the jungles of Aklan stands a statue of a man I've never met.
Stands a monument to a face I've never seen.
Hidden under hole-filled leaves, cast in Pacific island sun, surrounded by huts and houses built on stilts to protect them from rising tides.
There is a village in Aklan and though I've never stepped one foot on its soil, rested my hand on one trunk of a tree there, I miss its humid air, its sea-breeze, its cuisine and its culture. Though I've never seen one of its mellow creeks or dipped my hand into its cool water, I miss the times I've skipped over the rocks on my way to school.
That's what my grandma, my lola, did when she was young like me.
I've only heard stories.
But though I've never breathed in the smells of adobo or ​sinigang cooked in a house in the Philippines, though I've only tasted it here in the States, I long for those long summer days.
In the jungles of Aklan, stands a statue to my great-grandfather who assisted the Americans in World War 2, a military leader who fought oppression.
There in his tiny village, is a statue no one outside that jungle knows about. A memorial for his service.
And though I never met him, I wish I had.
I miss him already.
I can so easily imagine myself sitting at his feet, listening to his stories, hearing his deep, scratchy voice. I think he'd have a deep, scratchy voice.
It's a memory that never happened.
And I miss him already.
I miss that village.
I miss digging my toes into the sand.
There is a region in the Philippines called Aklan.
And there is where I'm from.

Ari, age 18, is a “Mexipina” (Mexican-Filipina) who is living proof that “the quietest people have the loudest minds.” She loves expressing herself through her piano-playing, drawing, and writing. Always fascinated by her family’s history, one day she hopes to visit the lands of her ancestry.

#Identity          #Family          #Global Citizenship

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6/26/22, 1:46 PM

Wow you are so talented! I relate this a lot to my paternal grandfather who passed away two years ago and is very similar to yours. Sometimes family can judge you but I agree you should learn to live in the present and be happy with out having a fancy job/being married. Keep up the great work!

Ediomo Bright

6/22/22, 8:15 PM

You've done a wonderful job here.
Your intricate descriptions of the race and the emotions conferred by it is excellent.
Thank you!

6/22/22, 8:13 PM

Ediomo Bright

6/22/22, 8:09 PM

You've done a beautiful work here.
The flow of the story, the gripping emotions it enthralls the reader with, it's very wonderful.
Thank you for this.


6/18/22, 6:08 AM

This write-up is absolutely amazing. It made me realize why I am who I am, and I could also relate a lot. Hope you never stop writing, and I hope to read a full-length book from you soon!<3


6/17/22, 2:50 AM

It was so good to read..i really liked the description the storyline ,the plot ,everything 👍


6/7/22, 3:25 PM

This piece is a beautiful reminder of how ugly teenage years can be. It's real and it hurts but it's so good. Please never stop writing!


6/7/22, 3:15 PM

Your description of the change and how sometimes our parents don't have words to tell us that they love us and use material things as a substitute is relatable. My family has never really been open about their feelings but we show our love through little things and that's why it hit so close to home. I love this piece! Keep up your amazing work!


5/30/22, 9:05 PM

This was beautifully written.


5/25/22, 11:06 AM

Where to read the further story??

Allana Frost

5/25/22, 2:45 AM

This is incredible and heartbreaking and real. I’m glad I stopped to read :)


5/24/22, 12:26 PM

I love the way you wrote the story. The fine description of the burn in thighs made it relatable 😳. Pls keep up your amazing work!! :)