FFfAW – Coming to America

Juan Martinez had worked as a grape picker for a Winery in California. He had to work hard for the little money he was paid. Half of that money went back home to his wife and children and almost half went into saving to bring his family to America.

He came home deep-down bone tired from his hard back-breaking work picking grapes, where he slept on the floor of a shack and ate potatoes he cooked in a campfire. He spent very little money on himself.

It wasn’t easy for him to be away from the family he loved; from Magnalena, the wife he adored, his sons, Lil’ Juan and Je’sus, and his daughters, Juanita and Juanella.

He finally had enough money to bring his family to America and they settled in Arizona. There he purchased a modest home for them to live in.

They were together again and finally happy.

If only they didn’t have to worry about being sent back to Mexico.


Thank you Vanessa Rodriguez for our photo prompt this week.
This is my story for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. This is a flash fiction challenge hosted by me. We are given a photo prompt and approximately 150 words with which to write our stories. The challenge is fun and addictive. Everyone is welcome to participate. If you would like to know more about this challenge, please click on this link: FFfAW
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49 thoughts on “FFfAW – Coming to America

  1. Nice take on a story that is far too real. What some people endured for better life. A century ago it would be called working for a better life, not illegal aliens.

  2. Loved this story! Great depiction. They are hard working human beings just trying to make a living and provide for their families. They are not criminals and rapists, Donald Trump! Sorry, that was my rant for the day. 🙂

  3. Great story…some people do whatever they have to do to take care of their family. I just wish our representatives in Washington would come up with a fair solution for everyone.

  4. You have tackled a very sad serious sensitive subject here, Joy ~ I feel somehow there will never be an answer to this while there is such an inequality in standards of living everywhere. People all over tthe globe are on the move to find a better, or safer life. Have a good thoughtful week ~ 🙂

  5. A very thoughtful and thought-provoking story, PJ, on a very topical subject. There are so many people all around the world seeking a better quality of life for themselves and their families, all living with the fear that they’ll be sent back to their homeland. Well done. 🙂

    • I’m sure there are. I live in the Southwest so immigrants from Mexico is prevalent here. There are thousands of them trying to get a better life for themselves and their families.

  6. I think events like those in your story happen more often than we think, PJ, and not just in the U.S. Illegal immigrants are looking for an improved life and better-paid jobs, and have such high hopes. It’s somehow sad that they’re sent straight back if they are caught (and prosecuted if caught doing it more than once?). But a country’s immigration laws are not to be broken, and that’s that. A good topic for the prompt and well told.

    • Thank you Millie. Good people are trying to get a better life for themselves and their families. Sadly, a lot of unsavory characters come across and murder and steal and makes it harder for those who are good people coming across. US tries their best to keep those bad people out and it spills over to the good people.

  7. Thus is the experience of many very good, hard-working people, who happen to be immigrants. Such folks who only wish to do right by their families should be given a break, in my book. Such people built this country. If they don’t cause trouble and work honestly, lets not send them back. This country needs the best, and those willing to sacrifice like Juan did, are indeed the best.

    • I agree with you Eric. I live close to New Mexico and Arizona and there are a lot of people coming across that murder and steal and cause problems. It is those people that are causing trouble for the good people that try and come because the US can’t always know who are the good and who are the bad. That is why we have a process for citizenship.

    • Thank you so much Vanessa. I live in the Four Corners and we have it here too. Sadly, the ones coming over and causing problems are also making it harder on those who just come to get a better life for themselves and their family. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

  8. This is such a good story, PJ. It’s sad that people, for whatever reason, are unable to stay in their homelands surrounded by family and friends and a rich shared history. Most of us are descended from immigrants. It used to not be illegal to want to live in America. I have the sense that this family you’ve created will beat the odds.

    I just found this sonnet that appears on the Statue of Liberty. I hope you don’t mind me posting it here.

    “The New Colossus”

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
    Emma Lazarus, 1883


  9. Good story about the problems of immigrants today. All of the decisions being made by fatcat politicians with no compassion or care except for greed and reelection.

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