grandmother, Mirta Acosta came to the United States in 1958 in search
for the American Dream. Mirtha, even though she is my grandmother in my
mothers side of the family, can be consider the matriarch of my family,
in a world in which that title is always deemed to a man on the father's
side of onces family.
Mirtha and a cousin were the first in our
family to come to the U.S. They moved to the New York in search of work.
After a year of living in N.Y. my grandmother move to Iceland, Columbia,
and back to Cuba until she returned on January 6, 1961. In that summer
she brought her Husband and only
daughter to the U.S. and began to what was her life goal to bring
her family from a communist country to the land of the free.
In the 1980 Mariel Boat Lift, Mirtha was
able to bring many of her brothers from Cuba, but it wasn't until 1995
that she reached her goal and finally had all of her 5 brothers and sisters
to the U.S.
Mirtha was a successful Hair Stylist for
many years until her retirement in 1999. Today she owns many properties
and has succesfully put her daughter and grandson
through college and can truly say she achieve the American Dream.
Grandfather: Esteban Yanes
My Great Grandmother: Victoria Baragaño