In Attire
Relationship: Child of im/migrant

My grandpa had always wanted a gold chain since he could remember. It was almost a dream for him. Then, he won the lottery and finally got to buy it. It was about $400. Then, he died a few years later. My parents said that he had the chain for about 15 years, which is around my age. When he died, he passed it down to my father. They said that he deserved it because he was basically the closest to my grandpa. He never called my father by his name. He called him “Papito”, and this was a term of endearment. He was also the most responsible for the family. He worked since he was a child in order to support his family. Then, he came to America in order to support the family and make money for them. Because of this, most of our family came over here. Thus, he did a lot for his family, and they thought he deserved it. My dad cherishes this necklace and even keeps it in a locked safe. It is something that is very dear to him and even to me. I never really knew my grandpa because he died when I was 4 years old. Through this chain, I feel more connected to him. Although I don’t think this gold chain will be passed down to me, it’s nice to know that my grandpa is still alive in this necklace. 

Place(s): Dominican Republic, New York City

– Katie P.

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