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    Posted May 4, 2014 by
    Sentinela333
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    Huntsville, Alabama
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    I dream palm trees

     
    I am a black Hispanic female born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in the 1950s. My mother died in 1966 and I was sent to Puerto Rico to live with relatives. My visa expired and for few years I was undocumented, now I am an U.S. Citizen. I join the U.S. ARMY in 1978.
    I have two African American adult children. I attend a Spanish speaking church. Huntsville Alabama has been my home for most of the last thirty years. It has been a challenge for the last few years because Hispanics like me that still has an accent are unwelcome in most parts of Alabama. I am one of the lucky ones because I live in the progressive city of Huntsville and our Mayor promotes inclusiveness.
    The object that reminds me of home is the Palm Trees, when I see them I feel alive. I have a Palm Tree on my business logo, and all over the house. The picture attach is on my website and Facebook page, I took it while on the car on my way to the airport in Santo Domingo. I visited the Dominican Republic three times last year, If God permits I will spent my retirement there, under the sun, on a beach with a lot of Palm Trees, drinking coconut water.

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