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This memory is about my Mom's first day of work in America. She is still working here, but not the same position. She has worked hard, made lasting relationships and moved her way up the ladder. I interviewed my mom over facetime she was pretty excited talking about this. She said it was her first time working so she was beyond tired after the eight hours were up, but she had a great day and everyone she met was very kind and helpful.

Mina’s sleepless night ended at 5 am when she jumped out of bed and started getting ready for her first day of work in America. The sun was beaming through the bathroom window on this beautiful summer day as Mina brushed her teeth. She spit out the toothpaste, looked at her reflection and smiled big and wide. She was so happy to start. She took a quick shower then put on a bright pink blouse paired with a black skirt and belt she picked out the night before. Mina was finished getting ready, eating her usual coffee and biscuit breakfast, and packing her veggie sandwich for lunch all while still having an hour to spare until her ride to work shows up.

“Good morning Mina, how are you?”, Rakesh asked Mina with a smile on his face as she stepped into his car.

“Hi Rakesh, I’m feeling great! A little nervous, but very excited! Thanks again for the ride”, Mina responded cheerfully.

“You’re gonna be great! And please don’t worry about it”, He said. It only took 10 minutes to reach the Burlington Coat Factory warehouse from Mina’s home. Once they arrived, Rakesh directed Mina to HR where she would get her ID and fill out any left over paperwork. She was then assigned to go work in packing. She followed the group of individuals assigned to the same department and was placed to work between two very vibrant and bold women, Jennifer and Linda.

They stood in a line along a conveyor belt that brought out all sorts of clothing on hangers that Mina and her coworkers placed into big rectangle boxes each organized by different store locations. A few hours passed and Mina’s legs were starting to feel the effects of working a labor job.

“Only four more hours of standing left!”, Jennifer said to Mina and Linda after she saw Mina’s face beginning to sink.

Mina’s eyes kept circling back to the clock hanging on the wall as she continued to put merchandise in boxes. By the last two hours, Mina developed a massive headache. Her excitement from earlier for starting work has flipped to excitement for leaving work and getting into bed.

“Linda, do you have any advil?”, Mina asked.

“Yes girl, I have some in my bag. I can give it to you during our break soon”, Linda replied. At four they had their last break of the day before it was almost time to go home. Mina took the advil and waited patiently for the buzzer to ring and signal the end of the day.

BUZZ BUZZZZ. “And there’s our cue to go home!”, Jennifer cheered.  

“Hope you had a great day Mina! See you tomorrow”, Linda said smiling.

“See you Mina!”, Jennifer said.

“Bye see you both tomorrow!”, Mina said with a big smile mostly because she can finally go home now. Then she headed outside where she found Rakesh. Mina got dropped off, opened the door and went straight for her bed.

First Day of Work in America

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July 1990
Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse in Burlington, NJ

This memory is about my Mom's first day of work in America. She is still working here, but not the same position. She has worked hard, made lasting relationships and moved her way up the ladder. I interviewed my mom over facetime she was pretty excited talking about this. She said it was her first time working so she was beyond tired after the eight hours were up, but she had a great day and everyone she met was very kind and helpful.

Decade: 1990s
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Recorded by Urvi Darji on June 3, 2019
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