This week was uneventful but nice.
I continue to try to show appreciation for my loved ones. This week specifically, my parents. They have done so much for me and are such amazing people and I have always known that but I don’t think they see themselves how I see them.
Being immigrants my situation growing up wasn’t much to complain about. My parents worked so much I rarely saw them but that never really made me feel neglected. My parents grew up with extremely rough lives. They were very poor in Mexico and have really been my biggest inspiration.
My dad moved to the United States on a work visa in the late 80s. He moved here at 18 years old with nothing. He did a lot of farm work and saved as much as he could. He eventually became a permanent resident through his employer and continued to work. When I think of my dad’s childhood I get emotional. He has been working since he was about 8 years old and went to school up until 9th grade. Even as a young adult he worked all day, went home, ate, slept and repeat. Even through this tough situation he has been such a loving father and always tells my sister and I how proud he is of us.
My mom grew up the middle child of 13 siblings living in a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom home. She also worked her whole life and helped with her younger siblings. She married my dad in Mexico and had me. By then my dad was well into his 20s and took very good care of us. My childhood in Mexico although in the same town as them was so different. I went to a private school, lived in a beautiful home my dad built and never worried about money. My mom, my sister and I lived a very comfortable life while my dad got everything together to move us to the United States.
I am amazed to see how my parents were so smart with their money. My dad was making 6 dollars an hour and was able to pay the legal fees to fix our residency, make our home in Mexico and move us to the United States.
Growing up money was tight but it never really felt that way. We never went on vacations or out to eat but in the neighborhood we grew up with that wasn’t common anyway so I didn’t feel like I was missing out. All my parents ever asked of us was to do well in school and do what is best for our future. Seeing how hard they worked that is the least we could do and we did.
Now that I have my career I take my parents on day trips and small vacations. I bought their tickets to visit Mexico and it felt really nice since they’ve done it for us for over 15 years.
All I can do is be grateful for the life my parents gave me. It was a simple life but it was nice. My life in Mexico was full of playing with my cousins and living in a small town. My life in the United States has also been good. I am so grateful I was able to get an education and do what I love. I could not have done this without the support from my parents.
The other day my dad said he admired me and I couldn’t help but notice how little credit he gives himself. I am extremely proud to be my parent’s daughter. I would not be where I am without the lessons and education they provided for me.