Aspiration

by Mark Chmiel

20 years old
She was in the Adult Learning Academy
To brush up on reading, writing, and math skills
I offered feedback and encouragement on her writing

After graduating from the ALA
She wanted to train as a Certified Nursing Assistant
Then in her mid-20s work toward becoming a nurse
Maybe one day even become a doctor

She’d been working the graveyard shift
At a North County White Castle:
“CNAs start out at two dollars more an hour!”
She had the kindest eyes

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