Friday, December 13, 2013

Thankful thoughts

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The other day I was talking to a very happy man that I've befriended at my job. He shared a very beautiful story about his native Ecuador country as we were talking about where we come from. He lived a very humbled and poor life in his home that he had built by his own bare hands out of Bamboo. One day he was given the opportunity to come to America though the road to get here wasn't easy at all he still held faith that he would make it alive and in good heath to bring his family. He was thankful for been given the opportunity to be in America, the land of the free and home of the brave. After so many years living in America he had many opportunities that if he still lived in Ecuador he wouldn't had. He said, "Even though I live a very humble life, a small apartment with my wife, little money that can maintain us, perhaps no large luxury items and an old car I am very blessed for every opportunity here and couldn't be happier. So why not smile every day and laugh, things are very good."

His story reminded me of my family's story how my parents dream was for my brother and I to have a better life than they did. You can say a story that is similar in any parent always striving for something better for their children. My dad left to America when my brother was a little over a year old and I was three. My mom soon joined him, less than a year to help him raise money to bring us to America. As a kid we didn't understand. I don't recall too much except for feeling alone though I had my grandma and the rest of my family. About two years later my mom came for us. The day I saw her, mixed emotions came to me. Though I was super young I don't remember a lot but I do remember knowing I was going to America where my parents lived in a huge mansion and drove the nicest car. You can image how shocked I was to learn that wasn't true.

Our very first holiday we celebrated was Christmas. My parents bought a Christmas tree that was real and smelled beautifully. All the shopping malls brought out their bright lights, people shopped for hours and people decorated their homes in colorful Christmas lights. That Christmas my brother and I felt that we were so rich, we were a family and that Santa brought him his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figurines and I got my dream house Barbies! I am kidding about the toys but it was awesome to be together as a family for Christmas.

So thanks Dad and Mom for your efforts to striving for us to have a better life. Though the holidays can be VERY stressful remember what's important. And after the holidays pass, remind yourself of that once more because our lives are constantly busy.

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