The Day My Daughter Passed Away

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I am Margarita an American woman of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent. I am responsible, focused and on a mission to become the best me I can be. I am a mother, a daughter, sister, and a friend. I love being me, and I love learning something new every day. Some of the experiences that helped shape me into who I am today were watching my mother go through hell with my father and overcoming him, the birth and demise of one child and the birth of another child, and finally a prior job’s refusal to financially assist me in furthering my education because I worked in a mailroom.
My mother Ana and I were always very happy when my father wasn’t around, because all he did was scold us and constantly beat up my mother. You would think that the fact that my mother was very beautiful, loyal, and that with her severely broken English was the only bread winner in our small family, my father would have treated her like a queen. Instead he was constantly berating her because she was an illegal immigrant, calling her names. One minute he loved her to the point of obsession, the next ten minutes he just had pure undiluted hate towards her. To add insult to injury he would also physically abuse her regularly, I watched him do this to her until I was twelve years old. No matter how many bruises, broken ribs, busted lips, and black eyes he gave her, she would get up the following morning as if nothing had happened. Mom would proceed to wake me up, make me breakfast, in addition to telling me jokes while taking me to school and taking herself to work. The day she stopped being afraid of my father and threw him out, I was so proud of her. Today my mother is a beautiful mature woman, a retiree, and an American citizen. I remember sometimes thinking in terror when I was a little girl that one day she was not going to come home from work, thankfully she never once…...

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