The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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I interviewed my mom and she spoke about El Salvador. She expressed that there was a lot of unity and that she loved how everything and everyone looked out for one another. She takes pride in her country.

“I’m going to the market!” Marina yelled out. Her words echoed the house where she lived with her family. She was born and raised in El Salvador and all she knew was her country. When Maria leaves her home and she entered a community where everyone greeted each other. Not to do so represented ill-mannered actions. Marina stands at the side of the road, which shows no indication of being a bus stop. Marina was standing on the dirt road, which was blended with small rocks. “Beep! Beep!” and Marina ran to the bus. It was fast-paced and rushed. Although, the bus looked like it would break down any minute it was getting everyone to their stop. 

Marina reaches her stop and she is thrilled!

There were food stands that were covered by waterproof covers that were patched on to branches to protect the food. There were fruits, vegetables, meat, drinks. Anything you can think of was provided there. Marina was at peace because she had sufficient space to wander around the market and buy whatever she wanted. Her favorite stands were the fruit stands because the fruits were freshly picked off the trees and they are always sweet. Of course, the fruits had to be in season. She was well known by the sellers because that was her local market and because of her parents. Her parents were big-hearted people and offered help to others who needed it more. It can be someone stuck on the road, someone without food, and somehow they found a way to help. They gave back to the community.

There were colorful souvenirs and the Salvadorian flag on almost every stand.

The pride of the people was evident. It was also a sense of unity. Marina was hopping around and was talking to every vendor. They were familiar with her parents so she knew it was a safe place because everyone knew each other in the community. She had fruits bagged up and were in the vegetables stand next. "Can I have green peppers and corn on the cob, please?" she told Maria. Maria started packing them in the bag and said: "that will be $2." Marina reached in her pocket and her facial expression showed concern. Maria asked, "Are you okay honey? What's wrong?" "I...I..I can't find my money. I know I brought enough to shop and for transportation." Maria said, "Don't worry, take it and pay it next time you come. I trust you."

Just when Marina was about to turn and walk away and an elderly man came. He was probably over his 60's with a cane and the wrinkles were visible with his extra skin. "I see you dropped this and you were hopping around, however, you see my situation so I can only move but so fast so here you go." Marina jumped with joy! "Now I can pay her! Thank you so much, sir! You really just made my day!" 

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I interviewed my mom and she spoke about El Salvador. She expressed that there was a lot of unity and that she loved how everything and everyone looked out for one another. She takes pride in her country.

Decade: 1980s
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Recorded by Larissa Fuentes on April 29, 2019
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