Today we are 11 years old living in the United States, who would have imagined it! Getting rid of the family has been hard, but at least we can go visit them from time to time, I can't imagine the suffering of those who can't do it, I don't know if I'd be here.
I arrived with my two eldest children, my mom and brother who came with us; my husband already had a month living here for work, we lasted a month living in hotel and later we moved to an apartment, I've told you before about my immigration history.
The first few months were the most difficult, but at the start of the school year we soon became friends, who like us were without family here, they like my husband's companions who came in at that time, we started to frequent each other and we're still here with a nice friendship; that reminds me of that saying that "friends are the family you choose."
My children, my husband and I agreed that everything would be perfect if we had the family and friends of Mexico with us, maybe that's why, here among friends we are like a big family, we all get our hands when we can, of course there are differences in culture , even among the same people in Mexico; every state and every family has its customs and traditions, but little by little we have become accustomed and accepted.
Eleven years later we're still here, with one more daughter and even a dog. We have enjoyed many very good experiences, known a lot of people and places that we never think; but we have also experienced discrimination once and felt the helplessness of friends and acquaintances not being able to spend important moments with their family.
In this time I have also learned to value Mexican customs, history and dishes; Among other things, I learned to cook by talking on the phone with my mom and grandmother so I could enjoy my favorite food and many those my recipes are on the blog so that my kids don't beat when they want something.
Let me tell you that if you are in this country "without papers" you receive all my admiration, you must be very brave to have made the decision to take off from your own and risk coming to live "the American dream", the same dream that sadly many would like to trample .
Eleven years later we still miss family and friends, although we see them two or three times a year, but thanks to social media we are closer than ever, when we arrived there was only the messenger and the cell phones only took care to talk on the phone. I don't even tell you when I had to use the map or Roji Guide and the losses it gave me when looking for shops or places to know, now everything is easier.
Anyway, to keep you wanting wherever we are and to follow the phrase of Piolin, an icon of the Latino community in america: "What do we come to?" To succeed!
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