Mis Abuelos

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

 The two pictures on the left are of my grandparent’s armoire that they brought from Mexico and have had for over 70 years. I will forever hold that piece of furniture in my heart and hopefully one day put it inside my house. The other image is of a painting of my grandparents. My mother’s parents are from Huitzila, a small town in Zacatecas, Mexico. They lived on a farm where there were many animals and barely any people. They lived very far from the city. My mother is the first-born out of seven children and she describes her childhood as one of her most beautiful memories. My grandparents were very poor and lived in a shack. My grandfather went to the United States through the Bracero program and was gone for about a year while my grandmother was back in Mexico taking care of my mother and aunt. After my grandfather came back, he stayed in Mexico for a few months and then went back to the United States to work and to find a home. They have wanted to move to the United States to build a better life and because they felt that they would have more opportunities for jobs and for a better education. After about a year he saved enough money to buy a home in Hollister, California. My grandmother came to the United States with my mom and aunt and after that they started their new life in California. The sacrifices that my grandparents had to make were so courageous. I appreciate all they have done for my family and me. 

Place(s): Zacatecas, Mexico

– Yvette

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant