The Life of Luis | La vida de Luis

lead_sanchez_fieldBy Maria Mandujano and Jazmin Posas

When we first met Luis, he ran up to us and pulled out a small booklet from his back pocket. It was wrinkled and stained on the outside, but inside we found pictures of a SAF theatre performance from last year as well as family photos and a work log that was completely filled out for every single day he had worked. Luis came to the United States three years ago, but he longs to return to his home in Toluca, Mexico where his parents, his five sisters, and his brother live. Luis, the oldest of his siblings, came to the United States because of the opportunities his cousin described to him, but during his journey here, he questioned whether it was actually all worth it. Luis financially supports the education of two of his sisters and wants to return home next year if he is able. Luis misses his parents and his father’s business selling flowers. When he thinks of home, he thinks of flowers and the work that goes into planting, growing and selling them.

Cuando conocimos a Luis por primera vez, corrió a vernos y sacó un folleto pequeño de su bolsillo. Estaba arrugado y la portada tenía manchas, pero adentro vimos fotos de la presentación de una obra de teatro de SAF del año pasado, fotos de su familia y un diario lleno de información de cada jornada de trabajo. Luis vino a los Estados Unidos hace 3 años, pero quiere volver a su hogar en Toluca, México, donde viven sus padres, sus 5 hermanas y su hermano. Luis es el hermano mayor. Él vino a los Estados Unidos después de escuchar a su primo hablar de las oportunidades que se podían encontrar aquí. Pero durante el transcurso del viaje, se preguntó si valdría la pena. Luis paga los gastos de educación de dos de sus hermanas y quiere regresar a casa el próximo año si es posible. Luis extraña a sus padres y al negocio de venta de flores de su padre. Cuando piensa en su hogar, recuerda las flores y el trabajo de plantarlas, cultivarlas y venderlas.

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