Once upon a time, there was a young woman named Valery. Valery wanted to improve her English skills so she could move to the United States of America and have a better life. Valery dreamed of moving to America, getting a good-paying job, and helping her family back home. Her dream came true when she applied, won the Green Card Lottery, and moved to the United States for a better life.
Surprisingly, Valery’s new life in America did not turn out as she had expected. She worked a few low-paying jobs to pay the bills and send money back home. She got a job working at a pizza place, but it didn’t pay enough to meet her budget. After several months, she made enough money to pay her rent and buy food. Then one day, Valery was hired to work at a local fast-food restaurant. When she started her first shift, she met a handsome young man named Paul. Paul was the manager of the restaurant where Valery worked.
Valery and Paul hit it off immediately and started dating. Paul was the first man Valery had ever been with, and after they started dating, she thought her dreams of moving to America and finding a good job would come true. But it wasn’t meant to be. Valery realized Paul didn’t want to have a child. Valery knew that she wanted a child more than anything in the world. She had always dreamed of having a family, especially a daughter.
After Valery finished telling Paul that she wanted a baby, Paul said he didn’t want to have a child with her. Valery was devastated and asked why. Paul responded, “Because I am not ready to settle down and be a father.” Paul was right. He wasn’t ready to take care of another person. Valery felt hurt and confused. She couldn’t understand why Paul wouldn’t be ready to be a father. Paul told her he didn’t want to take on the responsibility of having a child with her and wanted to enjoy his life.
At first, Valery didn’t believe Paul. After all, he was the manager of the restaurant where she worked. Why would he lie? However, as time went on, she realized that Paul was telling her the truth. He wasn’t ready to be a father because he was young and didn’t want to be responsible for another person. Valery was heartbroken and decided to go back home to Romania. The night before she was leaving, Valery had a dream. In her dream, she was in a beautiful place with many people who were happy with their lives. There were children everywhere, and it was a place where there was hope for everyone. When Valery woke up from her dream, she had no idea what the dream meant, but she knew she needed to stay in the United States and make a better life for herself.
As Paul was leaving Valery’s apartment, he told her he was sorry and wished he could change things. Valery was heartbroken when Paul left, but she told herself she still had a chance with him. She thought she would wait for him if he changed his mind and decided to be a father. A few weeks went by, and Paul never came back. Valery tried to reach out to Paul several times, but Paul never called or returned her calls. Valery was crushed. She cried daily and couldn’t overcome that Paul didn’t want a child with her.
After Valery’s dream in her apartment, she knew she needed to stay in the United States. Valery got a job at a local hospital where she worked as a receptionist. After several months of working there, she started going to school at night to get a certificate as a nurse. Valery worked hard and studied every day. The hardest part of being a student was always paying for books and tuition. But she loved nursing so much that she made sure she had enough money to pay for her tuition. Valery graduated from nursing school and started working at the same hospital. Valery got a promotion and became the lead RN. Now Valery was working at the same hospital where she had worked as a receptionist, making more money than ever. Valery was happy and grateful. She now had the chance to live well in the United States.
Valery was very good at her nursing job. Her patients were happy with her, and the doctors gave her many compliments on her doing a good job. Valery enjoyed going to work, especially at the end of her shift when she saw her patients smile and laugh. Sometimes, Valery would visit them in the hospital to ensure they were okay. Valery did everything that she could to be happy. She tried to make her life as good as possible. Raul, the chief surgeon at her hospital, learned from his patients that Valery was a knowledgeable and caring nurse. He went to see her and fell in love as soon as he saw her. Raul thought that Valery was the most beautiful woman he ever saw. Raul was in love with Valery, yet they haven’t even spoken.
Raul didn’t know how to overcome his fear of speaking to Valery because he was afraid she wouldn’t like him. He decided to tell her about his feelings. He told her that he loved her. When Valery heard that, she couldn’t believe that Raul loved her. She was shocked that he would want to marry her even though he didn’t know her. Raul explained to Valery that he wanted to marry her because he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Valery was touched and excited by Raul’s proposal. Raul told her she was the woman he was looking for all along. Valery was overjoyed to hear that, and they started planning their wedding.
It took them several months to plan a wedding, which would be a beautiful ceremony. When the wedding day came, Valery had butterflies in her stomach. She was happy to see Raul but nervous about meeting her parents-in-law. They were going to be Valery’s guests at the wedding. Raul’s parents were from Mexico, and Valery was excited to meet them. Valery looked forward to wearing her new wedding dress. She felt like a princess as she walked down the church aisle. The wedding was beautiful, and everyone thought that Valery and Raul were perfect for each other. The wedding lasted for several hours.
When Valery and Raul left the church, they were exhausted and happy. They got into a limo that took them home to celebrate their wedding. The wedding was wonderful and memorable, and everyone loved Valery and Raul. Valery loved Raul. She loved his family, and they loved her too. She had everything she wanted.
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Activity: Multiple-Choice Questions
Directions: Please take out a sheet of paper or use your notebook to write your answers. Once you write your answers on your paper, please review the answer key below.
- In the passage, what does Valery’s dream of moving to America represent to her?
A) A chance to improve her English skills
B) A means to have a better life and help her family
C) A desire to work at a local fast-food restaurant
D) A hope to meet a handsome young man
- According to the passage, why did Valery decide to stay in the United States?
A) She found a well-paying job as a receptionist.
B) She wanted to continue her education and become a nurse.
C) She fell in love with Paul and wanted to be with him.
D) She received a promotion at the local hospital.
- What caused Valery to realize that Paul was telling the truth about not wanting to have a child?
A) Paul’s position as the manager of the restaurant
B) Valery’s dream about a place with hope for everyone
C) Paul’s absence and lack of communication
D) Valery’s conversations with her patients at the hospital
- What is the main reason Valery was initially attracted to Raul?
A) His position as the chief surgeon at the hospital
B) His caring and knowledgeable nature as a nurse
C) His proposal to marry her despite not knowing her well
D) His Mexican heritage and his parents’ background
- How did Valery feel when Raul expressed his love for her?
A) Surprised and shocked
B) Indifferent and uninterested
C) Disappointed and hurt
D) Touched and excited
- What is the purpose of the passage?
A) To describe Valery’s struggles in America
B) To highlight Valery’s career progression as a nurse
C) To narrate Valery’s journey towards finding love and happiness
D) To emphasize the importance of English language skills for immigrants
- Based on the passage, what can be inferred about Valery’s determination and work ethic?
A) She was willing to work multiple low-paying jobs to support her family.
B) She was motivated to study and pay for her nursing school tuition.
C) She always prioritized her personal life over her career.
D) She struggled to find happiness and satisfaction in her job as a receptionist.
- What is the author’s tone towards Valery’s experiences?
- How does the passage portray Valery’s dreams and aspirations?
A) They were easily achieved without any obstacles.
B) They were mostly influenced by her relationships with men.
C) They required hard work and determination to become reality.
D) They were unrealistic and unrealistic.
- Which of the following best summarizes the main idea of the passage?
A) Valery’s immigration to the United States and her struggles to find love and happiness.
B) Valery’s career progression from a receptionist to a nurse at a local hospital.
C) Valery’s failed relationship with Paul and her decision to go back to Romania.
D) Valery’s wedding to Raul and her integration into his Mexican family.