JOCELYN OJEDA MORENO
Being Mexican can be a challenge. Many people that immigrate to the United States grew up in their home countries wanting to leave and live “The American Dream,” my mother being one of them. She is one of the many Mexican women who have strong stories to tell. My mother was born and raised in Morelos, Mexico until she left her home at the age of 19 and risked her life to immigrate to the United States. She wanted a better life and to help her family financially. In her eyes, the only way was to move to the land where there are many opportunities.
My mother often reminisces about her childhood and shares these stories with my sisters and me. I am inspired by the stories she shares about her life and our family in Mexico. One of the stories she told me when I was young was about how she and her sisters would look out for each other and never think about themselves. My mother’s family did not have much. When her sisters would go to school, my mother would sell fruit along with the other vendors to make money for her and her sisters. After visiting Mexico three times, I learned that childhood is different there. I realized that the simplest thing can make a child happy, leaving them with many bright memories.
My mother passes on the many lessons of kindness and sisterhood that she learned from her mother. My grandmother was known in their town as the most generous person. My mother adores my grandmother’s reputation and tells my sisters and I to always be kind to people. My mother, my sisters, me, and all the other Mexican women in my life, are a part of the same sisterhood. We share the same blood and we value it. There have been ups and downs in my family ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, but at the end of the day, no matter what occurs, we all support each other. My mother always tells my sisters and me that it’s important to care and look out for each other. As the oldest I will always be on top of it. I’m proud of being a Mexican woman; sharing my culture, and carrying on the legacy and wisdom of my Mexican heritage.