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When migrating to New York Latinos usually don’t know what they’re getting themselves into. They picture a utopia life in where they believe everything won’t be difficult and they will make money easily. However, this all changes when they actually arrive to America and step foot in New York and realize life isn’t what they expect it to be. They experience a whole new different life and become conscious of the reality of things. Jesus Colon’s story titled Grandma Please Don’t Come illustrates the realization Colon has after coming to New York. Like many immigrants, he was expecting his migration to be completely different than it turned out to be. Colon tells his grandma:

It is nice if you are young and willing and able to go down five flights of stairs two or three times a day. If you can “take it” in a crowded subway where you are squeezed in tight twice a day as if you were a cork in a bottle. It is all right in a way—and remember—I only say in a way—for young strong people. We come to New York young and leave old and tired. All the fun and joy of life extracted from us by the hurry-up machine way of living we are forced to live here. (500)

Here Colon tells his experience to his grandma, and tells that she shouldn’t come to New York. He adds that the “crowded subway” and going “down five flights of stairs two or three times a day” can be exhausting. In addition, he adds that “We come to New York young and leave old and tired” which may be the result of all the hard work he may encounter. Importantly, he says “we” which addresses his audience that are Latino immigrants. They come here “young” and ready however, they “leave old and tired” from all the hardships they encounter. As mentioned previously, like the long shifts, the prejudice and discrimination they may face. Evidently, Colon implies that living in New York isn’t as easy as he thought from the “hurry-up machine” way of life. In New York everything moves quickly and Colon isn’t used to this lifestyle. Interestingly, he says that all the “fun and joy” in New York isn’t present from the machinery, which again implies that he didn’t expect New York to be like the way it has been. Here one can see the realization Colon gets after actually experiencing coming to a new country. It is not all “fun and joy” and trying to reach the American Dream isn’t either.

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    raf modelleri said,

    June 20, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    Great information. Lucky me I recently found your blog by chance (stumbleupon). I have saved as a favorite for later!

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    Transporte de carros said,

    May 14, 2016 @ 12:51 pm

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