My name is Maria Ortez. Miss Alice was so kind to me and to my daughter, Xiomara. When we moved here, we got help from the Immigration Support League. They introduced us to Alice – and she was a life saver.

Alice would take me to my English classes. And she let us live with her and Christopher while I tried to find work. It was slow at first and many of my jobs were temporary. Alice never hurried us. She even insisted that we have money in savings before we found an apartment of our own. We lived with her for almost one year.

Alice made us feel like family. I remember one time, just after we had arrived here, a boy at school said some mean things about Xiomara. The next day Alice was down at that school talking to the principal, demanding that they do something. It meant a lot to me that she would protect Xiomara like that.

After we moved, Alice would still check on us to see how we were doing. That kind of kindness is special. That is why, even to this day, I call her my angel.


(This is part 11 of 26 of the story What Happened to Alice. To see the full listing click here.)


13 thoughts on “Kind”
    1. Yeah, I’ve known two people named Xiomara and I always thought it was such a pretty name. She’s not the speaker for X, though. (At least not if I stick to my current script plan.) 🙂

  1. I wanted to take a moment to thank each of you that have been commenting. I have been so far behind this month in responding to comments, and I apologize for that. (I try to catch up on reading other blogs before I respond to comments here.)

    But I am learning so much from your comments and questions. It’s unbelievable!

    Thanks, again, for all your help! 🙂

  2. Besides Alice’s act of kindness, the name Xiomara also caught my attention. 🙂 One notable trait per day, there sure is a lot to write about Alice!

  3. Good segment, Chuck. That kind of kindness (love the play of words) is special, indeed, as your reader feels connected with this wonderful character while learning more about her. I read this one twice. Well done.

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