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After photographing Barry Lambert last week for the San Diego People Project, I asked him a series of questions about his life to try to find the next subject.
Lambert admitted he was a bit of a homebody. He noted that he spent a lot of time with his family.
It seemed only natural to meet one of these people.
So he introduced me to his daughter Sarai, an 11-year-old enjoying her summer vacation. She talked to me about heading back to school, being bilingual and the book she’s writing.
Name: Sarai Anjelique Anguiano
Part of town: La Mesa.
I understand that you’re going back to school soon. Could you tell me about it?
Well, I will be going back to school on Sept. 1, and I’ll be going to Santa Sophia Academy, which is a private school and it’s Catholic.
Are you happy about going back to school?
Because I can be with my friends. And, I’m kind of bored. And I like doing homework actually surprisingly.
You like doing homework?
What do you like about doing homework?
It keeps me busy, ’cause most of the time I don’t really have anything to do, so I’m on the computer all the time.
Is that normal? Do your friends like doing homework or are you unique?
I guess I’m unique. I mean, my brother and sister hate doing homework.
So you must get good grades then?
Mmm-hmm. This year, I got all As and a couple of Bs. No Ds or Fs or Cs.
Well your dad tells me that you’re also bilingual, that you speak Spanish and English. I can barely speak Spanish, so does that make you smarter than me?
No. Well, for language, yes I guess.
How does that help you?
Well, my parents say it will help me get a better job when I’m older, because people who speak two languages are most likely to get jobs and stuff.
And what do you like about it now?
Well the sad thing is I don’t really speak Spanish anymore so I’m sort of forgetting it. And my parents keep telling me to keep practicing it, because I’m going to need it when I get older.
Your parents are right. So what are you going to do to practice it?
Well, I don’t really think I need to practice, because my mom can teach me because she’s also bilingual.
So when you go to school are you and your brother and sister going to be in the same class?
Well if I go to Santa Sofia, I will be going to school with my sister and we will be in the same class because they only have one grade of every class there. But if I go with my brother, which is Spring Valley Middle, we wouldn’t be in the same class.
What do you think about being in the same class with your siblings?
(laughs) Why’s that?
Well, because if I was in the same class with my sister, we would be talking all the time and if I was in the same class with my brother, we would always be goofing around.
But I thought you were the role model because you do your homework and get straight As.
I can get pretty goofy sometimes.
What are your hopes for school next year?
I actually want to become a better writer — like the way I write. I mean I’m a pretty good writer and I’m working on this book.
What’s the book about?
It’s about a teenager and she discovers this spaceship. And she goes through all these difficulties cause she doesn’t want her parents to know because she thinks that they’ll think that she’s crazy.
And then she figures out that the person that the spaceship belongs to is one of her crushes and she gets mad at him.
What’s it going to be called?
It’s called “My Life as a Teenager.”
— Interview conducted and edited by SAM HODGSON