I grew up behind the white curtain of Orange County, California...but I didn’t know it. The street I lived on in the 70’s, was not Sesame Street, but Mullein Circle, a diverse mix of Japanese, Iranian, Vietnamese, Mexican American, African American, Afghan, and caucasian among 11 homes on our small cul de sac. All the kids were equally excited when the ice cream truck made its rounds or the Japanese food truck its weekly delivery. Regardless which appeared, we would scramble to the curb with our hard earned quarters to buy ice cream or rice candy. I came to appreciate the diversity of cultural exposure years later when my family moved out of state. The curtain of my existence was not white, but multi-faceted with beautiful colors. Much like my daily experience, one year into my journey, at Makarios Community School.
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