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My Daughter "The Artist"

Organized by: RAMIRO CASTRO

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THE STORY:

We are a Family of four. My name is Ramiro. My wife is Amy and my two children are Devin and Kathryn. My family arrived to the State of California through a job relocation with my company. My wife and I paid most of our way here because we just knew that our children would find their dreams and pursue their passion. My son is a music connoisseur who wants to be a producer and song writer someday. And my daughter wants to study art and teach it to children. Having lived in Texas most of our lives I knew that California would be the perfect place for them to start creating their future. Texas is a great place for traditional living and common southern lifestyles however my children want to have a life of creativity and inspire others and Texas is primarily a farm based environment. Since we have been here it has been a rough road to say the least. Mostly for my daughter. She hasn’t adjusted particularly well to the California scholastic culture. She is kind and sweet as most southerners can be however I think she is still dealing with the transition of the move in addition to being 16. We also identified that she has been battling an eating disorder for the last 2 years. Since she has struggles with school my wife and I decided to pull her from school so that she can be home schooled. I never believed in the system myself however I didn’t know it would take such a toll on her social behavior. She has always been an introvert but this goes beyond her usual behavior. She has no desire to plan her days and surly but slowly her yearning to create art is fading. This hurts me as a father to see her this way. I lack the funds it would take to get her back on track. I have exhausted most of my savings just to get us here my son has decided to get a job to help our finances. My daughter has been diagnosed as a manic depressant with an eating disorder so my wife has had to quit her job of 10 years to stay home and care for our daughter. We do not wish to return to Texas. We absolutely love it here however like a functional gear when one of us is in disarray we all tend to take on the same function. I have done my absolute best to keep positivity inside my household however given my daughters identified situation spirits are low. I am asking the state of California to help my daughter put her focus back to where it belongs. Art is everything to my baby girl and one day her mother and I would like to see her inspire other girls like herself. These children are the new found innovators and rulers of the world, let’s help them get there. This money would go to a tutor and art classes since she is behind in both her scholastics and portfolio in lieu of her illness. Thank you for listening California. “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola

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