Vivacious Tenacity

I’ve always worked hard for everything I strive for. Observing my mother growing up- her long hours working a physically demanding job, her sacrificial intent to make sure that my sister and I didn’t lack the basic needs of life-nothing ever came easy, and starting from scratch in a new country must have been the hardest obstacle for her. But this story isn’t exclusive to my mother, similarly this is the story of  many Latino immigrants in the United States. I was blessed to have a mother who despite the backward shift of socioeconomic status in the U.S., she made it clear that nothing is off limits to what we can do. Of course there are many structural and institutional variables that give certain groups advantages over others, however hearing her vivacious tenacity made me feel that I was just as deserving as the next person being interviewed for the same job, presenting to a room of academics, to ace that exam. Both in my personal life and now in practice, children of immigrants, or young Latino immigrants in the U.S., hope fringes on whether they can see themselves as actualized, respected and validated citizens to the opportunities that the United States has to offer. Perhaps with the sea change of the Latino presence in the population of the U.S., things will become easier- more demands for bilingual and bicultural prospects into the workforce, but my hope is that children of immigration truly believe that when those achievements arise, that it is mostly based on hard work, pure capability and vivacious tenacity.