Relationship: Child of im/migrant

As I look into my family and our history I know they've sacrificed so much to give my sisters and what they were unfortunately unable to have in their own homes. My mother came here at a very young age with the company of my older sisters because in her pueblo she didn’t have the best life. Her parents were too poor to provide her with an education as well so she had to find another solution for her daughters. My father, on the other hand, came alone because he was in search for better work opportunities. He had a son when he immigrated into the U.S. Better work opportunities was one of the push factors that not only my father had to come to the United States, but that many also had to immigrated to the U.S. As they came over the United States, they suffered a lot and went through many obstacles to get here. Although this is not the same Rosario that each of my parents carried through their journey to the U.S, it symbolizes the faith they have for their religion. It also shows how they wanted us, their daughter, to continue to do so as well. A Rosario has meaning and stories behind them and each person might keep a different one with them. Within my household we keep one by the ofrenda, one is kept on the side of each of our beds and I carry one on my backpack everyday. My parents would pray while holding the Rosario to help them get safe from where they were coming from to the United States looking for a better life and opportunities and to help their family that was created here and the one back home.

– Andee Gonzalez

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