There once lived a boy, Ricardo Martinez. Ricky, the name most people knew him by, was a skinny twelve year old Hispanic boy. He stood at the height of five foot five with long, tangled hair. Ricky lived with a family of five with two loving parents and two mischievous younger brothers. He and his family lived in the poorest area of Mexico. They wore rags for clothes, ate rations of bread for food, drank dirty water from a nearby river, and occasionally drank milk if the parents had enough money to afford it.
One day, Ricardo’s birthday had arrived, and Ricardo was expecting to receive a toy he had asked for from his parents for a long time. He saw it one day he was running errands for his father in a small shop not too far from where he lived. It was a red Power Ranger that shot a red laser from its wrist when a button on its back was pressed. Ricky remembered admiring the toy that day as its shiny polished plastic glistened in the hot sun and couldn’t wait to receive it. However, that was not the case at all. Ricardo’s parents had gotten him a pair of used leather of shoes instead for they were not able to afford the Power Rangers action figure. Instead of being thankful and grateful, Ricardo became furious and cried in anger for not receiving the toy he wanted. His parents were shocked. Ricky’s mother began to cry, and his father grabbed a branch from outside of his home and began to whip Ricardo violently for being selfish and ungrateful.
The next day, Ricardo was extremely tired. He did not sleep at all the night before. All he was able to think about was the violent screams of his father and the rough and painful feeling of the branch bashing against his legs. When he arrived to school, his best friend, Javier, tried cheering Ricky up. He knew something had gone wrong the day before because of Ricardo’s negative attitude and the evident bruises on his legs. Javier was a short and chubby boy with short hair. Javier was poor as well, but since he was an only child he was able to eat more than Ricardo and became chubby.
“What’s up Ricky?” Javier said as he met up with Ricardo at the front the school.
“Nothing man, I’ve just...