I’m grateful for my parents because

It’s not easy coming from another country

To a country that’s not your country.

It has being one of the toughest things

And, the most challenging decision  

Me and my family have gone through.


And, it’s a thing I never wanted to do

I never wanted to come to the United

States to start a new life.


I didn’t ask for a new life but the chance was

given and I crossed the border with my mother

And, my siblings at the age of 7.


I remember every single detail from the top

Of my head my mother saying we were leaving

And that we were finally going to see my father.


I remember hugging my grandmother so tight

Begging her to not let my mom take me with her

Because I never asked for this.


Now that years have passed I now realize that

My mom just wanted the best for my siblings and I.


I’m grateful because thanks to my parents I am where

I am right now and what I’m doing is for them.


I want to make my parents proud because they brought

Me and my siblings from Mexico at such a young age while

Leaving people behind just to have a better future.


It’s been 10 years and I still remember the day I stepped

My foot inside our first home in the United States.


The house we first moved into felt like everything

I ever imagined, my very first room was in that house

With a huge bed, while back in Mexico

I would sleep in the floor with my siblings covered with thin covers.


I’m grateful because thanks to my parent’s strength I am

Where I am today living under a roof and having food to eat.


I’m grateful for the life I live every single day and the things

That occur to me and make me want to be a better person in life.


I’m grateful for living the way I do.

I’m grateful I crossed the border.


CC BY-SA 4.0 Why I’m Grateful As Hell by Guadalupe is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

  1. Bobby 1 year ago

    This poem really hit home for me because I live in a communiy where people do not appreciate their parents. I can’t imagine what your parents went through. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/30/mexico-says-poverty-down-to-about-44-percent-population.html Even though poverty has declined, it’s still bad there. I’m glad they decided to move you here and I’m glad you’re here now.

  2. Annie 1 year ago

    This line, ”
    I’m grateful because thanks to my parents I am where

    I am right now and what I’m doing is for them”

    was indescribably powerful. This poem was shockingly beautiful and something that I, and most people with whom I’ve grown up, cannot relate to. Your story is one to be proud of, and one to always remember. I hope your future is always bright, and you live out your hopes successfully.

  3. Eva 2 years ago

    Lupe — Your piece is full of love and gratitude for the sacrifices that your parents have made — and for your OWN strength. It’s beautiful to read. I hope that you share this piece with your parents in some way. They are lucky to have you for a daughter!

  4. Xochitl 2 years ago

    You can tell she’s gone through so many struggles and because of those struggles she’s grateful. You can see that she’s not just grateful for being here but she’s grateful for everything that she’s been through to get here

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