First Post – 9.1.1970

Hello! My name is Martín, and I am 15 years old! I live in Buenos Aires with my father, Herman, and my mother, Anita. They moved to Argentina from Poland before I was born, in the years after World War II, something we don’t really talk about much. My father is a psychiatrist, and my mother is a professor of literature at the University of Buenos Aires. I am a student, and my father puts a lot of pressure on me to follow in his footsteps, but I feel very disconnected from my parents. I am interested in the arts, and in theater, but my parents are not very accepting.

My family keeps to itself and our Jewish community mostly. While there were a lot of people who immigrated from Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe to Argentina in the wake of World War II like my parents, I still feel sometimes like my family doesn’t really belong here. My parents speak mostly Polish while we’re at home – my Spanish is much better than theirs, even though they are very intelligent people. They also find it hard to be involved with politics in this country, which I guess I understand, given where they came from, even though they refuse to talk about it. I get most of my information from going to school, which just started up again this week. It’s where I’m able to talk to people who aren’t like my family. I just feel so isolated at home, I feel like there is so much about the world, both where my parents are from and around me, that I’m not allowed to know – I’m 15 years old, I can handle it!

I really like getting out and hanging out with my friends. We like to go around our neighborhood at night and write graffiti, just little things – don’t tell my mom! Sometimes we smoke cigarettes and drink beers too, and try and talk about politics, but my friends are kinda stupid. We just want to see the world as it is, to know the things are parents won’t tell us! I will write more soon, thank you for reading!


1 thought on “First Post – 9.1.1970

  1. ssvolk says:

    Hola, Martín. Good to meet you and I hope you don’t mind if I read your journal! I know what it’s like to have parents who still think you’re a baby when you are so much older. Well, the only thing I can say is that soon they’ll have to recognize that you’ve grown up! Anyway, tell me what your friends are talking about and what you’re interested in. Chao!

    [NOTE: School in Argentina starts in March and runs through mid-December, with a mid-winter break in July]

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