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Mama, the meaning of unconditional love.
Born in San Juan De Salado, in the heart of Mexico, my mother is the eldest of 18 siblings. At the age of 18 she decided to travel on her own to the United States to establish a foundation for her remaining family to follow. She had never traveled on her own, scared and excited at the same time, she boarded a bus that took her on her long journey. Arriving in Los Angeles Ca, she remembers being afraid seeing all of the “modern technology” as compared to where she was raised. While sitting awaiting her ride at the Bus station, she remembers watching people dropping paper into a large metal blue box located on the edge of the sidewalk. Her curiosity got the best of her, she slowly walked closer and waited behind someone dropping another piece of paper into this mysterious blue box. When this bystander walked off, she quickly pulled the handle and threw a napkin into the opening of this box, nothing happened. She sat confused and again waited as another person dropped off another piece of paper, this time with her broken English she asked what they were doing with this box and paper. Fortunately for her, this person responded in Spanish and explained what the “Mailbox” was for.
Fast forward to 1953, she had worked many jobs for four years and finally had enough money to move her family up from Mexico. She married four years later and moved further up North to Sacramento where she had three boys who eventually gave her six grandchildren.
She became a proud U.S. citizen in September of 1996 and has always had her home open to everyone, the neighborhood kids called her their second mom.
There are many other hilarious stories of her adventures, but her determination to be a part of this new world kept her motivated to finally make this her Home.
La Mama de todos – Everyone’s Mama.