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I remember being a young girl, and my abuelita would recall how she came to the United States when she was 30 years old. She came from a small town named Sahuayo, Michoacan. On most nights I would stay up with her late at night and she would tell me how she always dreamt of becoming a pharmacist but in her town, it wasn’t a possibility. When she came to the United States she first stood with family in Mission Viejo and eventually made East LA her home. She suddenly had a home and endless possibilities, she realized that she wanted to sign up for beauty school.
Shortly after she enrolled at Marinello beauty school, at the time it was on Broadway in Downtown LA. She would often share with me that Broadway was majestic when she first came to the US. Often times she would practice dolling up her sister, Marina and they would go for a walk on a Friday night. This was over 50 years ago, today my abuelita is 81, she is the mother of 1, grandmother to 5 and great grandmother to my 4 year old nephew James. I love California because it gave my abuelita an opportunity she couldn’t have in her country, it has become home, and will be the place that houses her legacy.

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