My Great-Grandmothers Cross

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

My dad’s side of the family emigrated from Mexico to the United States. My dad was very young when he came into the United States, and recalled a few details from his immigration. His family immigrated in small groups: first his dad, the children, and then his mom. His grandma knew the family would need help taking care of the children. She decided to come to the United States as well. She gathered a few of her belongings to bring here. She especially took with her a cross and an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as she was a very religious, practicing Catholic. Immigration enforcement along the borders was not as strong as it is today when his family crossed. Since she was a very faired skinned, greened eyed woman, she had very little difficulty crossing over. While my grandparents were hard at work and working long hours, she would cook, clean and take care of their children. She remained in the United States helping the family until her death. For as long as I can remember, my family still has these objects visible in our household. They are a reminder of not only our religious beliefs, but of our faith, the hard work and determination, and especially, my kind and loving great-grandmother. 

Year: 1976

– Arriel

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