At Last – A Dreamer’s Story – Flash Fiction

At Last – A Dreamer’s Story

It was finally here and the magnitude of the moment had not been lost on me.  Yes, I was nervous.  Who wouldn’t be?  It was not every day a woman like me, who had come from such humble beginnings, would now be standing here in these hallowed halls.

As I waited, a strange feeling came over me as if someone else was inhabiting my body.  A weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I felt liberated and strong.  The pit in my stomach magically disappeared and I felt the adrenaline rush of confidence. 

I was meant to be here.  It felt familiar and I knew somehow, inexplicably, that I had stood here in this same spot before.  At this moment, reading what I have just written, I now believe my signature on this document gives me the freedom I have longed for.

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Lillian is hosting Prosery Monday at D’Verse Poets and has prompted us with a line from Louise Gluck’s Faithful and Virtuous Night – reading what I have just written, I now believe. Prosery challenge is to write no more than 144 words, excluding the title, and use this line from the selected poem.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In the US “Dreamer” describes a person who has lived in the US without official authorization since coming to the country as a minor. People of this description who met certain conditions would be eligible for a special immigration status under federal legislation first proposed in 2001. This is a controversial and politically charged subject and Trump has tried to reverse the Dream Act as part of his anti immigration agenda. However, late last Friday afternoon, a federal district judge ordered the Trump administration to fully reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to live and work there. Courtesy of Vox

Photo courtesy of USA Today

  22 comments for “At Last – A Dreamer’s Story – Flash Fiction

  1. December 7, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    You’ve written in the first person, about the DACA….thus making it all the more real and powerful. I was thrilled with this judge’s ruling. I know it’s controversial, but to be considered for DACA, there are stringent requirements. Many of the Dreamers have been in the United States for 10, 12, 15 years and have gone to school and hold viable jobs. I am so glad the judge signed this!

    • Christine Bolton
      December 7, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you Lillian . I too am an immigrant, but not a dreamer. I came here as an adult and went through the regular immigration channels. I was not a refugee and I was not fleeing a dictatorship. It was not easy and my heart goes out to every immigrant. They all deserve a shot at the “dream”. I am thrilled too at the judge’s decision and even more thrilled that Trump is out of here very soon. ☺️👍

  2. December 7, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    A very good story! Very compelling!

    • Christine Bolton
      December 7, 2020 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Dwight. I had actually started to write this about something completely different for another Prosery and never did! It just fell into place with the quote today ☺️

      • December 7, 2020 at 8:18 pm

        Very nice!

      • December 7, 2020 at 11:23 pm

        It worked very well!

  3. Beverly Crawford
    December 7, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    You present the case of DACA well, and your story was a riveting read. Well penned.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 7, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks you Bev. It is something I’m passionate about ☺️

  4. December 7, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Fantastic use of the prompt.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 9, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Thank you! ☺️

      • December 9, 2020 at 10:50 am

        You’re welcome 😉

  5. December 8, 2020 at 7:10 am

    Beautiful – sometimes dreams do come true and human kindness wins out: a happy ending, which is great to read about right now!

    • Christine Bolton
      December 9, 2020 at 10:10 am

      Thank you Ingrid. I couldn’t agree more. These people should not be punished because of their heritage. ☺️💕

  6. December 8, 2020 at 9:15 am

    The saddest part of the Dreamers’ story is that the treatment they received in the US was better than what they were fleeing in their home country. People are so cruel to one another. I hope at least part of their dream comes true.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 9, 2020 at 10:12 am

      Thank you Jane. I agree totally. It is shameful what Trump has done and is still trying to do. They are still unable to reunite those babies and children who were separated from their parents almost two years ago. 😢

      • December 9, 2020 at 10:27 am

        Shameful is the word 🙁

  7. sanaarizvi
    December 8, 2020 at 9:21 am

    You have portrayed and presented the case of DACA with such palpable passion! 💝Love it 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      December 9, 2020 at 10:14 am

      Thank you Sanaa. I’m happy you liked it 🥰

  8. December 9, 2020 at 6:43 am

    Very cogent and compelling write, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      December 9, 2020 at 10:17 am

      Thanks dear Punam ☺️💕

      • December 14, 2020 at 6:29 am

        My pleasure, dear. 💕

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