I met a great American success story last night at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. I’d gone to visit a friend who had a hip replacement when a nurse walked in and introduced herself as Marisol, who we came to learn had come from the Philippines. We got to chatting with her and I asked her if she knew my friend Donna who is a retired Nurse Supervisor from St. John’s. She said she did know her and raved about Donna as a supervisor, nurse and friend.
Marisol told us how much Donna had done for her family when her husband was in the ICU some years back. I asked her how her husband was now and she said he’d died of a heart attack 12 years ago..”I’m okay now,” she added. She said she had two children and they were rather young and so she’d had to work at UCLA and St. John’s in order to make ends meet. She added that she was so grateful for the work.
Both her children are now college graduates and are working engineers. What a smile she got on her face when she said that!
I told her she was the kind of great immigrant success story we love in America. She put her hand over her chest and said “Oh, I’m so grateful for these opportunities to work two jobs and earn a living and see my children as engineers now!”
I wanted to share her story. We hear too many bad immigrant stories these days.
You’d have liked Marisol. I sure did.