What Personally Brings Me Joy

November 5, 2020

I’m a member of the Brooklyn Library senior citizen assistants. And I like to help people. I’ve been working for them for two years or more. But since this pandemic thing, everything is stopped. Now we’re doing…trying to do things by Zoom. Certain people, you know, older age, they don’t like to use the Zoom, or they are not able or capable to do it. So we try to accommodate them to be able to express themselves. And I’m from Mexico, born in Mexico.

And I came, immigrate to the United States for a long, long time. And I’m married with two kids. One is a librarian and the other one is a physical therapist. And my wife is from Poland, and I speak the language so that we’ll be able to communicate with each other and all this stuff. And like I said before, I like to help people and be in touch with them. I’m used to them sending me to different centers to help them.

And they sent me to a Polish center. And they were fascinated to see a Spanish-speaking person with a Spanish face that’d be able to communicate with them. Same thing happened when I first visited my in-laws overseas in Poland. And I had started Polish here, in the United States. Then I met my wife, and she wasn’t able to speak English. So, I have to make the move. So that’s one of the good things.

I met my wife here in the United States, in Brooklyn. I was studying Polish for about maybe I would say two years. I know how to read it. Very difficult to write it, and the pronunciation is very, very difficult. But I have the ability to be able to do it. Sometimes, I pronounce certain words wrong, you know, it’s fun. It’s nice. And the most important thing is that you meet different cultures, totally different cultures. It’s so beautiful, you know? See, the culture of the Polish people or European people is very rich.

From my wife’s side is they are very expressive. They’re very mellow, you know? It’s nice. She went to my country, too. I took her to meet my mother. And it was fun because my mother didn’t speak no word of English, no word of Polish, and only Spanish. She used to tell my wife, ” Siéntate, siéntate.” Sit down, sit down. ” Leche, leche.” Milk, milk. Coffee. But they were able to communicate with each other.

My wife ended up learning Spanish. She does understand more than they speak. I told everybody. They said, “Oh my God. How you gonna…” My mom would always say, “Well, how you’re gonna marry this lady? You don’t know the culture.” You don’t know this. You don’t know that, you know? Different race. Different country. Isn’t that the same thing they told her? But we understand each other.

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