Personal Narrative Essay : My Mother's Life In My Life

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All my life I’ve seen my mom work hard, struggling to pay bills and raise three sons alone. Day in and day out she’ll work and when she returns home, she tells me not to end up like her. In recent years she’s developed some health issues from working so much and continues to work because there’s really no other option. A number of times she’s told me that she regrets never finishing school and tells me it’s something I have to do. Even without her telling me to I knew just from looking at her that it was something I had to do to prevent her hard work from going to waste. With the hopes of giving her children a better future my mother came to this country around 30 years ago at the age of 19 with my older sister who, at the time, was only a couple of months old. Around the same time, a number of my family members did the same and brought their young children. 10 years later I was born in Los Angeles and my brothers two and four years after respectively. By the time I was able to go to school most of my cousins had already given up on school. Much like my mom and their parents, they ended up working jobs that paid little and had to work multiple jobs to be able to afford to live on their own. Soon after my sister would follow suit and move out on her own. From the stories I’ve heard from the lot of them, they’ve never believed they’d be able to make it to college anyway so they put little effort into school. A number of the stories involve ditching class or going to parties,
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