By Gladis Alejandra Granados Lagos  |   From : Honduras  |   School : International High School at Largo

Hello my name is Gladis Granados and I am from Honduras. The people in my story are my family. Separation caused many changes in my life. My life started very difficult because when I was 15 days old I was diagnosed with asthma. 

After that, my dad said “I have to go to the United States” to be able to buy my medicine and everything I needed. Also, my mom was pregnant and they didn’t have  any resources to survive in Honduras. Not long after my dad came, my mom decided to come. 

In addition, I don’t have memories when I was little spending time with  my parents because i was living  with my grandparents; “my mom parents”. Living with  my grandparents was very nice, but I always miss my parents. 

When I was 13 years old, I had to come here because I wanted to meet my parents and also my grandmother no longer had the strength to take care of me and my sisters because she was already very old. However, it was very nice at first because I could see my parents and my little sister again, but I was also afraid because in order to get here I had to take a lot of risks crossing two very big countries alone with my two sisters. 

Afterwards, It was very difficult for me when I got here because I had to start over meeting new people and also in a country where I had to learn another language to be able to move on and also fulfill my dreams.

Communicating with my parents was very difficult because I had lived with my grandparents almost all my life. This was very complicated because I didn’t know how to start conversations with my parents, even more so with my dad because most of the time that I have lived here my mother has always been at home with us, and my dad has to go to work.  In my opinion, this helps me a lot because during the 3 year I lived here I learned a lot. For example, I learned how to control my feelings but I have a problem. I get angry very quickly. Sometimes I feel like I’m alone in this country.

One of my goals is to be able to meet all my goals and leave behind everything that has happened to me during my past I want to be a new person and be able to move forward no matter how hard it is because many times in order to meet our goals we have to separate them from our relatives or anyone we love very much.  I had many things that I want to do in the future

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