Colibri. That's her name.
At least she thinks it is. She's been with Uncle for eight years
now so her memories are dim. She remembers someone taking her away
from her parents on a crowded bus. And she remembers the man who
found her the next day. He told her to call him Uncle and she has
been with him ever since. They go from town to town throughout Guatemala
begging on the streets. It is not a great life but the only one she
knows. He tells her to be grateful to him for taking care of her
for so long. He tells her to forget her life before. She is
now Rosa. But down deep she knows. Her name is Colibri.
Who is Rosa? She is not really
sure herself. She thinks she is about 12 years old, at least that is what
the man she calls Uncle says. When she was four years old, Rosa was kidnapped
out of her mother’s arms and Uncle found her. Now they wander throughout
Guatemala because Rosa is supposed to find Uncle a treasure according to
fortune tellers. Uncle is mean to Rosa, but she is afraid to leave. Rosa
remembers a little of her life before “Uncle”: she knows her Mayan name
is Tzunun and her nickname is Colibri which means hummingbird. What is
this treasure? Will Rosa, or Colibri, be able to be free from Uncle?
(Melissa Bowman, Melissa.Bowman@pisd.edu, Armstrong Middle School)