This picture reminds me of a woman I had when I lived in California, until we broke up. I’ve been here a few years and I’m still alone, but I’m thinking of maybe making a home again with somebody. But it’s not easy, especially for us here because it’s expensive. It is especially hard in the winter, when there is not a lot of work. You have to pay rent, and you have to pay for food and utilities, electricity and gas, and the phone.
Family and community
This is a friend I met at the community college. On that day we went out and we went to have out coffee at Starbucks, and so I took her picture and she’s my friend.
Ésta es una amiga que conocí en el Colegio Comunitario. Ese día salimos y fuimos a tomar un café en Starbucks, así que le tomé esta foto y es mi amiga.
Well, maybe it could be about 5 years from now, with the future of my kids and my family assured, I could be coming back and give them their studies, all the way to college if possible, and then they can work on their own.
Cuando regrese de repente podría ser dentro de unos 5 años, ya con el futuro de mis hijos y de mi familia, poder apoyarles en lo que les pueda dar, los estudios, hasta que se gradúen y puedan defenderse solos.
This other friend, he was there sitting and just thinking, and I told him “come and you can entertain yourself and I’ll take a picture of you.” So he sat up and made his signal of peace, that sign is also covering his face because he did not want to have his face showing in the picture. So that’s why he made a sign with his hand and covered his face.
And this is the smallest one [of your kids] that…?
Armando: Yes, this is the smallest one, and we brought them all after a year and three months we could bring them here. They started going to school. He was first in the child care, and now he’s in kindergarten. Here, here he’s ringing the bell so they’ll open the door so he can go into the kindergarten.
Armando: Well this is where I’m taking the kids to school. That is the routine that we have now. We get up at 6 or 6:15 in the morning, 6:20, and Mariana gets the kids ready, gets them ready for school and makes their lunch box. And I bring her, drop her off here at El Comedor, and I take the kids to school.
Do you take them in the car or do you walk with them?
So how do you feel about spending the night in this place that is not your home?
Well, once you’re finally there you’re okay, you relax because you’re safe, it’s in a safe place and nobody can hurt you. And then you can sleep, okay. The only thing is if you try to make noise or start a problem they kick you out.
How do you feel that this is your home these days?
Yeah, that’s all in the same – all the group of the catrachos from Honduras.
All happy taking pictures of one another.
Some of the others said they didn’t want to and since you said I should not take pictures of anybody that did not want, so I did not take pictures of the ones who did not want their picture taken, so these are the only ones who wanted their picture taken. Well, we’re all catrachos, we’re all Hondurans, we all met on the road so we become friends because we come from the same place.