Happy Birthday Papi!

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Today is the day the world was blessed with the birth of my dad.  He is an interesting mix of being the smartest person I know along with one of the most taboo and outrageous personalities I’ve ever encountered.  Simply put, he is truly one of a kind.  At first, it was hard seeing the similarities between me and my dad, but the resemblance has become more apparent over the years.  Besides my book smarts, I mainly attribute my dad as the reason why there are times where I have no filter, but, over those characteristics, I thank my dad for the position I’m in now.  I know that, without many of the sacrifices and decisions my dad made in the past, my present would be a completely different scenario.  I’ve learned things happen for a reason and, if one thing is for sure, my dad is a person I can count on for almost anything, no matter the situation.  Not many people can say that about anybody, especially their dads.  So, on his birthday, I want to celebrate the beautiful bond we’ve developed and how proud I am to call him my dad.

Happy Birthday Pa!

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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