My Cherished World Chapter 9 Summary
At her pediatric diabetes clinic, Sotomayor fulfills Dr. Elsa Paulsen, “the very first female in a position of genuine authority” she has come across (86 ). Nurses at the center take Sotomayor’s weight, urine, and blood samples. She receives cutting-edge treatment, however the illness is still fairly new. Sotomayor learns her “disease had advanced”; her pancreas no longer produces insulin. She needs to be regimented with her shots and food. Due to the fact that “no easy, precise way to evaluate your own blood glucose” exists yet, Sotomayor finds out to cultivate “a continuous mindfulness” about how her body feels (87 ).
She calls this an “unexpected present” from her disease that assists her intuit “others’ emotional states,” a valuable quality “in the courtroom” (88 ). No matter how cautious she is, however, at that time, problems are a truth, together with a shortened lifespan. Her family views her diagnosis “as a disaster of awful dimensions” (88 ). Though calm and gathered when handling patients, Celina falls apart when her daughter is the client, fearing “amputation, loss of sight, and a panoply of other problems” (88 ).
The only person who does not see her diabetes as “an awful impairment” is her cousin Alfred (88 ). Sotomayor equates her “family’s fatalism” into a sense of urgency to attain as much as she can while she is able (89 ). At the center, she gets a pamphlet listing occupations she, as a diabetic, is qualified for and those she is not. The latter includes law enforcement officer, which Sotomayor takes to mean she can not be a detective either. This she considered a “catastrophe” (90 ).
She is a devoted reader of the Nancy Drew detective novels, which apply “a powerful hang on [her] creativity” (90 ). Sotomayor relates to Nancy’s optimism and ability to turn barriers into chances. Her world is a “fairy tale” fiction, however Sotomayor understands that this world exists, and she is eager “to find out about it” (91 ). She knows she would “make an outstanding detective” offered the characteristics she shows Nancy (91 ). The household enjoys Perry Mason together every Thursday evening. The series is about a defense attorney who works “along with an investigator” (91 ).
As the titular character, Perry Mason is clearly the program’s “hero,” but Sotomayor also admires the prosecutor for caring more about the truth than winning his case. Justice is discovering the fact, not prosecuting the innocent. The judge amazes Sotomayor most of all because he is “a personification of justice” (92 ). He calls “the shots,” deciding what is acceptable and making the final decision at the end (92 ). Sotomayor concludes she would be a fantastic attorney, though part of her prefers to be a judge. Neither appears “more extravagant than the other,” as she had no idea what either would entail (92 ).