Blanca Alvarez and her daughter Connie visited a StoryCorps mobile booth in Los Angeles.
More than 30 years ago, Blanca Alvarez, originally from Nogales, Mexico, crossed the border and settled in Los Angeles, Calif. with her family. Recently, Blanca and her daughter, Connie, remembered their early years in the United States.
Those days were full of challenges for the Alvarez family. But now Blanca, 53, and Connie, 33, can look back and smile at things like a phase of eating only bean tacos and spending the nights working.
And Connie, who went on to graduate from UCLA, says her mother's life back then — raising kids and working, even as she went to school herself — has been an inspiration to her. It's a reminder, she says, that challenges can be overcome.
StoryCorps is the oral history project traveling the country collecting the stories of everyday people. The interviews are archived at the Library of Congress — and excerpts are played each Friday on Morning Edition.