Fox News Latino
September 19, 2014
By Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie
Pope Francis will be making his first visit to the U.S. next year. He’ll be attending a big convocation in Philadelphia. Go towww.worldmeeting2015.org and open the colorful web page announcing the Catholic World Meeting of Families. The theme is “The Family Fully Alive.” And right next to the theme, the picture of a family I recognize perfectly. It’s Mami, Papi, the kids, and of course, Abuelita holding the squirming toddler: The Hispanic family.
When I was growing up, every Hispanic family I knew looked like this. Transgenerational, united, standing close together, fully alive. We didn’t speak English very well, and Mami and Papi were out working all day, at least six days a week, but we were safe and secure in our modest homes. We heard the same instructions every day from our parents and grandparents: Work hard, take care of each other, obey your teachers, make us proud. Compared to my children today, materially we were destitute. Two pairs of shoes a year, and our party dresses were machine sewn by Abuelita for peanuts. But in spirit we were rich.