Grandfather Clock

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
My Grandparent's Clock
My Grandparent's Clock

 Being of mixed Hispanic/British American comes with its many facets of migration stories. While my father's side would be too long gone and hard to cover all of the details, my mother's side came to America in the mid 20th century from Mexico.
 Having been born in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico they came to America shortly after having given birth to my mother. Their story is one common of many immigrants of the United States. They came in search of greater prospects for work.
 Both of my maternal grandparents came from humble origins and worked for all that they achieved. I've chosen to share their Grandfather clock which was a price possession of theirs and represented success in their eyes. Like many others in the modern world they attached a measure of success to the items they owned. This along with finally being able to afford a Mercedes Benz in the late 1970's were their measures of having achieved the American dream. Having worked in sweat shops, steel-mills, and many other labors jobs they ended their lives of hard work having invested at an opportune time in the real estate markets of Los Angeles.  Luck appeared to be on their side in the end after many years of hard work as is a common theme amongst immigrants to the USA. Ultimately this brought them citizenship and my maternal family is the zenith of the products that came from the determined efforts to live out their American Dream. 

Place(s): Los Angeles
Year: 1954

– Joseph White

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