In August, it will be 20 years that we have lived in the USA, and in August 20th, it will be exactly 20 years that we arrived in Pennsylvania.
A few random facts, because some have asked:
Where in Mexico Am I From? Yuriria Guanajuato, in the center of the country, about 5 hours north east from Mexico City. Our region of the state specializes on manufacturing clothing, and textiles. My town has a small industry in fishing and farming.
Do I still have family in Mexico ? Yes, my aunts, uncles and cousins live there. And, about 60% of my cousins live there. Other cousins are spread out through the USA, mainly in Chicago IL. My siblings all live in Chester country PA, and my parents travel back and forth through the year.
|My grandpa, Mom and Granma. I don't know who took the picture, but my grandma got totally cut out of it.|
Why did I come to the USA? That is a very complicated answer. We were all underage, and didn't have a choice, but to follow our parents. My mom says that she wanted us to learn English and see other parts of the world. But now, as I am older, I understand that she wanted my father to see us grow up and be a father figure for us. He had lived in PA for most of my life when we came here. He had a job in Mexico, but did not make enough to do all the things he wanted to do ( That is also vague, but it's the best that I can say without writing a novel).
Were we poor in Mexico? I have never been asked this question on the blog, but over the years, many other people have asked. No, we were not poor. My mom worked really hard to support all of us. We owned a house, we had furniture, rooms for each of us, clothes, food and at some early point in our lives, we had a nanny. We were not rich, but we knew there would always be a meal at the table.
|Our house in Mexico. Aren't we the cutest?|
Was it scary to come to the USA? Yes, it was scary! I remember one of the scariest things on the trip here, was this super tall older white man, with blonde hair and blue eyes who kept giving us dirty looks in the bus. He never said anything ( he might have, we didn't speak English ) to our faces, but he was scary! Sitting in a classroom where I could understand 2 words out of the entire class was scary. I have many other things that were frightening that I block off my brain.
What would I have done, if I hadn't moved here? I was in top of my class in middle school, my plan had been to go to technical school to get my high school diploma, then study chemistry. I had a brain for math and science, and had the grades to get scholarships. That was at least my plan.
|My middle school Graduation|
What was your strong subject in High school or Middle school?
Did you ever have a nanny?
What is one thing your parents didn't give you an option for?
Do you have any other questions for me?