National Day of Listening

Edgardo E. Rios Mena

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THE PERFECT LIFE OF EVA NILDA GUTIERREZ-  I interviewed my grandmother, Eva Nilda Gutierrez. She was born on October 28, 1925. She was very nervous during the interview, and because of that, we had a lot of fun. First, she wasn’t so sure about the date, then all her answers were precise and concrete. It wasn’t as fluid as I had hoped at the beginning, but I really enjoyed it. When I asked her about her childhood, her only word was “fabulous.” She wanted to make the perfect interview. Then we talked about some of her experiences and how her parents treated her and punished even for minor things. When I asked her later if she raised her kids the same way, she told me that even being straight, things were more easy going. But, when I asked who behaved...

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Jaileen Del Valle Maldonado

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JAIME DEL VALLE – As I started interviewing my grandfather: As the interview started my grandfather started talking about all the different jobs he had in New York because he moved there when he was twenty years old. He first began working in a cafeteria until he learned how to speak English. Later on, he worked  sewing luggage for Samsonite. He had this job for approximately five years. After that, he only came to Puerto Rico once which was to marry my grandmother, Maria Magdalena Rivera or, as my grandfather used to call her, Tita. He went back to New York quickly afterwards and began working at General Motors as a packaging operator for the next ten years. Later on, he went into more details as how he met and finally married my grandmother. He first met...

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Gabriel Serrano Flores

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GRANDMOTHER GENARA SIERRA – The person that I interviewed was my grandmother. Her name is Genara Sierra but she prefers to be called Lola Sierra. I wanted to interview her because I always heard from my mother of all the things my grandmother did in the past, all the things she had to go through. I said that this was the perfect person that I had to interview for this project. I found out a lot of things about her life that I didn’t know. She had a lot of jobs just to pay everything that she had to. She worked at a sewing company and in other places just to survive practically. One peculiar thing I found out was that she first lived in Puerto Rico, but then moved to the United States. There she worked, but the good thing was that she found “the...

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Ashley Viera Ortiz

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SECOND MOM – My goal with this interview was to get to know Maria Gomez who is like a second mom to me. I met Maria at church; since I got there, as she says she adopted me as a daughter and she has always treated me like one. I especially wanted to know how is it for her being a nurse  for all those years she has being working in nursing. She was telling me about her mother and all the sacrifices she made to raise her 11 children alone after their father died. She used to go with a suitcase selling merchandise and food to the “colonos” (people who worked in agriculture and received a residence). For Maria her mother was a role model and was her inspiration to serve people and become a nurse. Maria has been a nurse for the last 35 years. She received her...

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Jesmarie Vega Pérez

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EFIGENIA LEBRON LOPEZ – In this interview I wanted to know more details about my grandmother’s (Efigenia Lebrón Lopez,)  such as, her childhood,  how she celebrated the Holidays or other  parties and, her love story with my grandfather. But what I wanted to know more was about the death of her daughter (my aunt) when she was just a little girl. She lives in Moca, P.R. and is 82 years old. My grandmother’s childhood was normal because like she said they didn’t have the things that we have today (referring to toys and technology). About the celebration of the holidays or other parties she told me that they were good, without fights and nothing bad; that they danced a lot and everything was happy. My grandmother met my grandfather in her sister’s house and...

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Melissa Salva Sauri

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DAD – Of all the people I could have interviewed, I chose my dad because he is truly a person to look up to. Obviously he is my dad and I know him very well but   by making this interview for the English class, I learned so much about his life that makes me feel really proud of him. Since he graduated from high school, he always knew he wanted to be an engineer. And with a 4 point GPA and a high score on the College Board, he got into the RUM  mechanical engineering faculty. During his second year he decided to change to Electrical Engineering.  He said that his only goal was to study and that distractions like partying, alcohol and smoking did not interfere in his studies. His two younger brothers also entered the engineering faculty but they got lost in...

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