we roller skated till dark or we were at the city pool till it closed. we made up skits Cruz Almanza III was always the director lol. Our Birthday parties were simple with neighborhood kids that were available to come over for homemade cake and party hats right after school. We were happy life wasn’t a competition, we didn’t care about fashion and hottest toys. (did we even have any?) We had No TV, color books and puzzles were a hit, we played church and mimicked people all in innocent fun. Yup, she only showed up at sch to parent conferences or presentations. And whatever the teacher said, (like gold) that’s what it was. We didn’t know about people’s lives. We viewed Pastor’s Minister’s and Bishop as being next to God (a profound Respect) She got excited with us, and for us over the simple things. And She Prayed by Our Side.