The Beginning I was born November 25, 1970 in Harlem Hospital; my then 20 year old mother Dolores named me Harold Miguel Aguiar. I was the very first person from my family to be born in America.
From the very beginning my life was difficult. My mother was staying in an overcrowded three-bedroom apartment with my biological fathers family, at the time he was still in the Dominican Republic, which is where my family is from. I was loud and my guess is that my biological dads family couldnt take me crying all night long. My mother told me that I was barely one month old when she got kicked out of the apartment. It was right around Christmas that she had to stay under a stairwell with me in her arms because she hardly knew anyone in America to help her out. This story would eventually lead to me writing a poem for her:I have one wish, if you could grant it, you could be my genie.
Im selfish ever since I was young I was greedy.
Raised needy, welfare, food stamps, face to face.
Translating for my moms, living in a foreign place.
Dreams of a better life, led her to the USA.
Only twenty, thinking she knew plenty gave birth to Benny.
First born, she elated but that didnt last long.
We got evicted from where we lived, I cried all night long.
Even though it was cold, mama kept me warm, in her arms.
I know back then, she wished she were gone.
But she held on, hot damn lady is strong.
I owe her my soul; shes the reason that Im not on parole.
Or lose control; I would never want to harm her.
I would never want her to hear me say Im guilty your honor!So I stay away from drama so that she could live calmer,And hope one day, I could buy her land in the Bahamas!!!!So that she could lamp knowing that her son is a champ.
If my destiny is different, life wasnt significant.
Chapter 1 The BeginningThe cold weather that night made me sick so my mother took me to the hospital. While at the hospital, as luck would have it, she bumped into a lady that she had met in the clinic while going to do check ups for her pregnancy. This woman was the wife of a successful musician; her name is Francis. My mother told Francis the situation, of her being homeless and Francis decided to help my mother. Thank god for Francis.
That very day Francis got my mother a room to stay in; there was one problem though. I was not allowed to stay there. The owners of the apartment made it clear that I could not stay long, so my mother had to send me to the Dominican Republic at the age of a month and a half to live with my grandparents.
After about a year my mother got on her feet and sent for me. She told me that when I came back I treated her like a stranger. I cried all the time and mentioned my grandfather who I called Papa. I spent about a months time and she had to send me back because I was constantly depressed. This broke my mothers heart but she did what was...