The Value of a Smile

Relationship: Im/migrant

When I arrived in this country, I did not understand English but I always had a smile on my face and my favorite word was “yes”. Once when I worked in construction, I was on one side of an apartment and my boss was on the other. My boss, Angel, had told me not to move or cross the apartment...but I said "yes, yes, yes", smiled...and crossed the apartment. It was very funny and also a little embarrassing.

Place(s): Ecuador, New York

– LM

Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant