All the sacrifices were worth it…

By Evelyn Trujillo  |   From : San Fernando, CA,  |   School : Social Justice Humanitas Academy

    My dad was 16 when he came to the United States alone with nothing but the little money he had. He was forced to flee El Salvador because of the civil war going on during that time. He arrived in the year 1990 and has been here in the United States ever since. My father has been through so much throughout these 28 years living in this country both negative and positive, but if there is one thing that has stayed with him is that at the end of the day the sacrifices are worth it because they have led him to where he is today. He’s been sad and he’s been happy, and no matter what he kept his head held high and pushed through the difficulties that life threw at him.

    He came to the United States when he was a teenager, passing through border to border, hiding under a truck full of watermelons to cross the San Ysidro border and being alone most of the time. He was forced to leave El Salvador by his parents, because of the civil war that was going on during the time. My father would tell me stories of how his father’s store got taken away and that he would see his school filled with dead bodies, and how sometimes they were forced to hide and sleep in the mountains. Luckily my father was able to escape the horrifying war that was too much for a kid to handle and he arrive to the California. Shortly after he met my mother got married on Valentine’s Day. Now I have two sisters and one brother which i’m the second youngest. Soon enough my father was finally able to travel back to El Salvador and visit his family again. This got him extremely happy because he was finally able to see his parents, siblings, friend, and other family. Then were were also able to travel as a family and my siblings and I were able to meet our family on our dads side.

    I truly admire my father because he has taught me to always help out your family even when you’re not at your best keep your head up and spread positivity and hope. He taught me the meaning of true family and I will be able to use this in my future when I’m at my worst and sometimes even at my best, and I will forever be grateful for him. He is a great teacher, father, husband, son, friend and many more. He still continues to inspire me and my family every day because he has a strong and serious character yet a sensitive and silly character as well. He has helped shaped who I have become along with my mother and taught me important life skills and demonstrated all the love he possibly could.


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All the sacrifices were worth it

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