16 responses

  1. Donna Steiner
    September 16, 2019

    Strong essay, Natalie Lima — I look forward to reading more of your work. (Photo by Paul Bilger pairs well!)

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  2. Ramona Lee Pérez
    September 16, 2019

    Cutting in both youthful innocence and the moment of disillusionment. Brava to “that Natalie girl” for floating above the noise and following your heart.

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  3. monét
    September 16, 2019

    Whoo. I was holding myself the whole time and exhaled at the end. So succinctly and beautifully put. You made me want more. When is the book dropping?

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  4. Claire Fallon
    September 18, 2019

    This is wonderful, Natalie! I can’t wait to read your book one day. I’ve loved your work since I read your piece in Longreads!

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  5. Peggy Shumaker
    September 18, 2019

    Marvelous, Natalie! I too was the first one in my family to go to college. I too went to U of Arizona. Brava!

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  6. floatinggold
    September 19, 2019

    I grew up with snow. As a kid, it was fun. At the university I met people from all over the world, many of whom have never seen or experienced snow. It was absolutely insane to join them during the first few snowy days when they acted like kids, rolling around in white fluff.

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  7. Sally Ashton
    September 19, 2019

    “Your round body—the circumference of which felt like the entire world itself—always seemed destined to float, to rise.” Lovely.

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  8. Jenny Hohner
    September 22, 2019

    Natalie,

    Thanks for sharing the joy of working hard to achieve your dream. I look forward to reading more of your work.

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  9. Stacey Hohman McClain
    September 24, 2019

    Oh, I can’t stop loving this. I’m going to share it with my high school students. What an important work for them, both for the ones like “the cello player from Greenwich” and for the ones like the “Natalie girl from Miami.” Thank you.

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  10. Nels P. Highberg
    October 1, 2019

    *clap* *clap* *clap*

    *snap* *snap* *snap*

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  11. Michaella Thornton
    October 9, 2019

    As a fellow U of A alumna of the cnf MFA program, so so so moved by your beautiful prose, Natalie. I’m a second-generation college grad, first woman in my family to have an advanced degree, and the mental load one carries to prove she belongs is heavier, harder than necessary. Brava for telling your story and using snow as this enveloping metaphor of change!

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  12. Grace
    November 7, 2019

    This is a really good example of work to show kids. It shows how quickly a story can change. This also shows everything is not as it seems

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  13. Kate
    November 15, 2019

    So much life and perspective in so few words. Like magic.

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  14. Jess m
    November 25, 2019

    Lovely. My favorite lines were about packing your books as talismans.

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  15. brittnee anderson
    January 12, 2020

    Excellent work. I can relate to going to college for a new experience that you deserve and feel like you are finally fitting it. going to a new place for a new experience and that moment where you finally realize the change is amazing.

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  16. Em
    January 14, 2020

    Beautiful. Thank you for writing this.

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