Mi mami, Elena, has many qualities. She is compassionate, wise, beautiful, strong and above all, a luchadora. Like so many others, she came to this country for a ‘better future’ for her and her family. Here she works tirelessly at a job that’s not given the respect it deserves and that has slowly taken a toll on her health. Even when she’s tired, or when her joints hurt, or when she just wants a day off, she still goes to work, and gives it all her effort, because it’s necessary. Her demonstrated strength against the daily injustices she faces and her willingness to demand better working conditions are my inspiración.
Mi mami gave everything up for my brother and me and I will never be able to thank her enough for that. All I can do is care for her, love her unconditionally, strive to give her everything she’s ever given me, and ensure that her story, our stories, are heard loud and clear!
We don’t have to look elsewhere for true heroines and heroes. We’re lucky; we have them in our own homes.