Here is to all those who work hard to achieve what their parents did not have a chance to achieve due to financial hardships and sacrafices they made for a better life. Here is to those who are educated elsewhere, but work a different job here due to fleeing their home country's hardships to pave the way for their children.....
Here is to all of those housekeepers and janitors working hard away from home in the nights to make sure our operating rooms are clean, our offices are ready, and our floors are shining bright for the next day. Here is to all those parents who work hard in fast food chains serving food to others just to put food on their own table. Here is to the artists from abroad struggling to expand the beauty and diversity in this country with their creativity while being alienated and denied citizenship. Here is to all the taxi drivers from Africa, India, middle east, and elsewhere getting us to where we need to be while being away from where they need to be; their families. Here is to all the farmers who live in fear of being deported as they pave the way for their children's future with every apple, orange, and tomato they pick off. Here is to the fathers and mothers working at 2am while their children sleep. Here is to the fathers and mothers who gave up everything for us. This is to them. And now, for their children, for us, the children of the first generation. Here is to those that despite all their family struggles, go on to become nurses, doctors, engineers, teachers, lawyers, therapists, chefs, and many other successful professions. Here is to those children who carry their native language with pride, their country at heart, and their people in their soul. Here is to them for never forgetting where they came from. Lastly, Here is to them for speaking with pride about their mothers and fathers, the first generation. Here is to that first generation! I... No, WE would not be here without you.
Inspired by Ijeoma Umebinyuo to write my own experiences and version. Thank you to all those who paved the way for us, the second generation..
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