MY STORY: English-language learners from Portland Adult Education sharing their stories in their words. We welcome them to Portland.
My name, Abdirahim, came from my Muslim culture.
I went to Washington DC. I saw many cars. I was happy for the freedom. People were very busy and rude. When I came to America I saw real life.
I have been to Kenya. I want to see my children in Kenya. Kenya is very big country. I like people, Kenya and weather. Great Nairobi city. It is a big city.
I don’t like snow, ice, gray sky and storm. I don’t like snow parking ban, stay inside and wet. I don’t like snow because I cough, cold. I like snow to play with children.
My sister name is Warsan. She has 5 children. She live in Somalia. My brothers names are Abdulaah, Abdiramaan, Abdirisaaq and Mahdi. Abdullaah has 2 boys. Abdiramaan has 3 children. Abdirisaaq no children. Mahdi has 3 children. They live in Somalia.
I rode on a camel in Somalia.
My dream home is big with a swimming pool and a farm. I want to live in Portland, Maine. I want a house with 12 rooms. I like a beautiful home.
I like people to say thank you and to say excuse me. I like to ask if someone needs help.
I don’t yell at people. I don’t like spit on the street. I don’t talk someone is trying to talk to you. I don’t slam the door or honk the car horn.
When I was young my job was farmer. I liked farming bananas and oranges. This job was hard for me. I grow up and I learned to be a tailor. My job was good. I like a job more hours and more money. I like cook food job restaurant. I want a job taxi driver. I have school I want schedule day job.
I like TV Somali. I see every day the news. I like movie story police.
The best things in life are free. My family laughing in home. My family free life and religion.
I was married 1990. I was 26 years old. I was happy. I did everything. I had good wedding. I found good wife. I was very happy. I am happy still.