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I moved to this fabulous city three years ago mainly to; be near an airport for travel, be able to not trade my stilletos for trainers, and to finish my doctoral studies in four years. Yes, that pretty much sums up my priorities at 30. So now I am ABD with nine months to go and San Francisco is no easy city to ignore. Although, I would argue that each experience that deters my academic writing is really just needed inspiration. Welcome and I hope you enjoy...

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Bilingual, Bicultural, and Dual Citizen. J School B.A., M.A. in High Incidence Disabilities, & ABD in Education.

Friday, February 22, 2008

St. Jude

Patron of hopeless causes...miracle granted.

Today my tios Johnny and Ralph became naturalized United States citizens. A story that began in 1957, when the practice at the border was to just rip the Mexican baby's papers into pieces because there father was a U.S. born Mexican and that was just the way they handled naturalization at the time.

So my mom and her eight siblings a combination of U.S. and Mexico born, travelled easily between the two countries in their childhood. At the time it was also common practice to lend or share names and social security numbers, this is one of the stories my parents shared with me when I was home last week.

Then slowly almost one by one since the amnesty of the 1980's their naturalization was questioned.

One by one or pairs like today they took up their cases.

Today was a long shot for various reasons. We all approached it differently, my grandma was going with them to the hearing, I lit my virgen of Guadalupe velita, and my mom said she prayed to the saint my prima had told her about, St. Jude.

1950-2008 the time it took my mothers family to complete the work my grandfather Jesus had started.



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Congratulations to your familia. Better late than never.

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