My mom was only three years old when her parents ( my grandparents) decided to leave their country of Ecuador.  They left to the states  in a search for a better future for themselves and their daughter. They left  their daughter in the care of her paternal grandparents. While working very hard to settle down in New York and start a whole new life,  my grandparents could not help but to miss their daughter.  Although it got hard at times and went through some challenges, they knew that the sacrifice they made would be all  worth it. They coped with the loneliness and challenges in a hope for a better future. They would send money whenever they can to her . They always made sure that even though they were not  physically there to take care of her, that she was missed and loved. The money sent, made sure that my mom went to the best private schools in Ecuador. They would send clothes to make sure she was very well dressed and the funnest toys to play with.  The picture below my mom is wearing one of the money outfit that were sent to her. The photo was taken so the photo can  mailed to show  her parents that she loved the outfit. After 7 years away from their daughter  they were able to get residency.  After getting residency it it took about two to three years to bring their daughter to the states and to be reunited.

Place(s): Ecuador, New York
Year: 1970

– MM

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant