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FROM MY WINDOW

By Mercedes Moresco

Patricia's story

I met Patricia and her family when we first moved to Pembroke Pines. Like us, the Gómezs were at that time a large family, four children and a traveling husband, to whom Patricia dedicated one hundred percent of her day. Coming from Mendoza, Argentina, Patricia had left behind not only a land but also her profession as a dentist, her university professorship and her students, whom she particularly missed. But there was no time for nostalgia or melancholy, and Patricia put her four children on her shoulders, taking them to and from swimming practice at five in the morning, and then cooking no less than forty exquisite empanadas or succulent Milanese and so on. offset the energies of your teenagers.

 

The boys grew up and little by little made their own paths in universities that offered them excellent opportunities. Now with more time and household chores, Patricia began working as a teacher at Educating America. He found in Spanish classes a space to recover some of that incurable mania that we teachers have: the passion for educating.

 

A couple of years passed and one day Alberto, Patricia's husband, got a job in Virginia. And that's where they went. Shortly before leaving, between emotional farewells and some tears, he told me: - I'm going to take Educating America to Virginia. As soon as I get it, I will contact you. Ten years have passed since that day. From time to time we would talk to catch up on each other's lives. But we never managed to open the Spanish school in Virginia.

 

Meanwhile, the Gomezes continued moving. They had moved to Cincinnati, where their two daughters had settled and started families of their own. Life was passing.

But just a few months ago, last November, I received a message from Patricia: “Mercedes, I have the opportunity to open the Educating America program at my granddaughter's school in Cincinnati. Are you interested?”

 

To make a long story short, we not only opened a Spanish program with Patricia at Camila's school, her seven-year-old granddaughter, but also at another nearby elementary school, at a preschool, and at the same church where Patricia goes every year. Sundays, where he teaches Spanish to adult pastors who go to the border to help immigrants who do not speak English.

 

Sometimes we find it hard to believe the tremendous success that the program had in Ohio, a state that seems so central and far from Spanish. However, we have found there the open arms of hundreds of people, young and old, interested in learning the language. I cannot fail to mention the excellent disposition of the state's public schools, which have opened their doors to us and facilitated the promotion of classes, classrooms, and communications.

 

Patricia's story is an example of perseverance and strength. Push. Wanting to do things. It is an example of life. And I want to tell it here so that others read and remember that you can always keep trying. That it's worth it.

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Mercedes Moresco

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