Un Cafecito

Words. Stories. Books. Dreams. Letters. Memories.

These all follow the same subject, however in two different ways. Words, books, and letters tend to have a more realistic, physical, and defined idea of what they mean and how they are used. Stories, dreams, and memories go towards another direction with a more imaginative or fantastical approach. Despite the differences, it is the use of letters in words and the use of words in books that make dreams into stories and stories as magical as memories.

In the book A Cafecito Story, the concept of storytelling is overwhelming. Not unlike most of Julia Alvarez’s writing, this story contains many beautiful details that get tied up perfectly in the end which is what makes her words in this book so captivating. The main character Joe, dreams. First thing he does is dream of being a farmer someday. When dream falls through, he doesn’t abandon his love for dreaming or for stories. He uses his love of reading and stories to cultivate students minds rather than cultivate plants. Yet the significance of his memories and the hole his dreams left were still there.

Like many dreamers, forced to live in reality, Joe grew lonely. He turned to the stories he could find in the pages of a book to fill what he could of the emptiness he felt. However, through all of his attempts no story could fill the hole left by the dream he had wanted to be his story. So when traveling to the Dominican Republic, Joe became captivated by the story of a coffee farmer, Miguel, and his family. It was Miguel’s story that filled Joe with a new found inspiration and dream.

Using his experience teaching and farming, Joe followed his dream. He taught Miguel and his family how to read so they, too could share in his passion for stories. He used his passion for farming to cultivate his work and push him further away from the loneliness he once felt.

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