I picked up this young man in Ambler, just north of the city and he was very excited to be on his way to complete his lifeguarding test at the local YMCA. It would be the culmination of a dream for him, as after he passed he would be guaranteed a job at this same “Y”.
17 year old Mariano and his mother came to the US from Lima, Peru about a year and a half ago, and while he misses his country of birth, he loves it here. His english is great, spoken with a beautiful accent, but its amazing how well he converses. He loves the music playing in my car (mostly 70’s soul), and tells me he remembers most of these songs from his uncle back home in Lima.
James Truslow Adams, in his book The Epic of America, stated that the American dream is “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.”
I’m very happy Mariano and his mother get to experience their American dream, this is exactly why this country has thrived. The United States is a nation of immigrants; this country is made up of immigrants and descendants of immigrants, it is unfortunate that too many already settled here seem to easily forget that.