By Regina Calcaterra
Regina’s Calcaterra memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and positive coming-of-age tale of tenacity and hope.
Regina Calcaterra is a profitable legal professional, ny nation reliable, and activist. Her painful adolescence, despite the fact that, was once really assorted. Regina and her 4 siblings survived an abusive and painful adolescence in simple terms to discover themselves confronted with the demanding situations of the foster-care process and intermittent homelessness within the shadows of long island and the Hamptons.
A true-life rags-to-riches tale, Etched in Sand chronicles Regina’s emerging above her previous, whereas combating to maintain her brother and 3 sisters jointly via it all.
Beautifully written, with heartbreaking honesty, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that despite social prestige, the yankee Dream continues to be close by if you happen to have the will and the choice to be triumphant.
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I love to snuggle up with Susan and play together with her silky mild brown hair or allow my tiny hands get tangled in her lengthy necklaces of leather-based and wooden. Cherie choices me up. She and Camille take my palms, and we stroll to the home to discover Mama. “This is the satisfied House,” I inform Cherie. “No, Gi, this can be the Bubble condo. ” “Huh? ” after we stroll within, Mama and Susan are crying within the kitchen. “Why you cry? ” “You’re going to move reside together with your new mother now,” Susan says via her tears. My head tilts with confusion. “I have a mama . . . you suggest i've got one other mama? ” “You have mamas. And a bit brother, too! ” Mama says. “His identify is Norman,” Cherie says. I type of take into account calling another individual Mommy simply because she sought after me to name her that. I visited her residence final Christmas. Mama dressed me like a princess in a purple velvet costume, patent-leather footwear, and fresh white stockings. Susan referred to as the opposite mommy my Christmas Mama, simply because she desired to provide us Christmas offers. yet I don’t understand why i must see her now—you don’t get presents for the Fourth of July. “Is it Christmas Mama? ” all of them begin giggling till it kind of feels like Mama may begin to cry. “Yes, honey,” she says. “It’s your Christmas Mama. ” I smile round in any respect of them. “I get Christmas provides? ” Susan and Mama pack for my stopover at with Christmas Mama. i'm wondering why i want such a lot of outfits? As Mama tucks stacks of folded laundry in a suitcase, she explains that, although it’s summer time, we have to pack hot outfits, too. “Why? ” “Just if you happen to stick with Christmas Mama. ” “Until Christmas? ” Mama remains quiet a second. “Yes. ” I stream in to assist them pack my bag of garments, my dolls and crammed animals, and my toy child Jesus, resting in a pile of plastic hay. within the motor vehicle, Cherie and Camille are silent. I chat away, effervescent over approximately Christmas Mama and hoping there'll be new toys, child dolls, and perhaps even an Easy-Bake Kitchen so Mama and Susan can convey me tips to bake whilst Papa involves decide me up from Christmas Mama’s apartment. Papa slows the automobile, then pulls right into a lonely development in the midst of a three-road intersection. “This is it? ” he bursts. “This is the place she’ll have them residing? ” Susan whispers in a manner that confuses me much more. “This is barely a Christmas stopover at, Dad, keep in mind? ” Papa snaps again. “Enough with the fairy-tale speak, Susan. ” His voice is beginning to sound like he’s choking, like a frog. “She’ll work out what’s occurring once we go away. ” “No leave,” I say. every body climbs out of the automobile, leaving Camille, Cherie, and me within the backseat whereas they unpack the trunk. I watch heavily as Papa walks within the entrance door of the development and is derived again out together with his face all purple. His neck is bulging. He seems to be frightening. Then he yells. “This is a goddamn glue manufacturing unit! ” he says. I’ve by no means visible Papa so mad. “The house . . . is upstairs . . . from a goddamn glue manufacturing unit! ” “Dad, shhh—” “She couldn’t have discovered an house in a standard complicated? She needed to choose a rattling glue manufacturing unit in the course of all this site visitors? ” He tucks in his blouse like he’s attempting to cool down, and he directs Mama and Susan with our bags up the stairs.