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Honored to call this man my father. He’s the one who taught us when we were kids that “the richest person is not the one who has most, but the one who needs the least.” •
He can tell you about days of running barefoot in the streets of Juárez, racing popsicle carts down the mountainside. He remembers a time that was simpler, but not easier. He wore hand me down shoes two sizes bigger than his with holes but could still crack a smile.
One day I found one of my grandpa’s paychecks and it was about $18 for two weeks of work as a farmworker. My grandma worked at home taking care of him and his eight siblings. There were hard times and experiences my dad overcame because his love was more abundant than any resentment he could harbor. He could have easily fallen into patterns and behaviors that would be toxic, but he broke the cycle. He made that choice way before I was even conceived.
Since I can remember my dad has been the type of person to be resourceful, to see the beauty in things people otherwise overlook. While he is more of an artist, poet and dreamer, he took a job hundreds of miles away from his hometown to provide for his marriage with my mom. He worked close to 25 years in construction, including the unrelenting Arizona summers, to put food on our table.
A couple of weeks ago, he found a filthy looking grill that someone was selling for $15. After putting in some work, the stainless steel appliance that was underneath shined through. After some research he found out that the grill is actually worth close to a thousand dollar brand new. He used his thrifty purchase to cook cornish hen rotisserie style for us all to eat.
A good find is always nice, but he’d be the first to say that material things should never come before family and respect. Making a good deal was perhaps the smallest part of transaction. Making use of something to feed his family and creating memories is where he says he finds his inspiration. •
Happy Father’s Day Dad! Thank you for teaching me to be a man who cherishes family, who respects women, who uplifts the vulnerable, who cares elders, who embraces his indigeneity, who is not afraid to show affection, who knows