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By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

      He stands tall, with broad shoulders andblack hair that contrast sharply with his pale blue eyes. Like hispersonality, his features change depending on the situation. Usually,his jaw line is soft and laughter dances in his eyes. These are thetimes when I can joke with him, ask for advice or discuss politics,literature and the world. But when fire burns in his eyes and his teethclench, I know his mind is set. He is a very determined, principled man,and though I know it is useless to argue with him, I oftentry.

Although I was only three years old, I remember my fatherasking, "Hey, who's better than us?" I would raise my small hand toslap his large one and reply, "No one!" As a child, those wordsmade me smile. They represented my father's love and his belief in me.But as I got older, that question and his mindset frustrated me.

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