“'Now my life is like the zigzag in the blanket on Mama's bed. I need to get Abuelita here, but I cannot even send her my pitiful savings for fear my uncles will find out and keep her there forever. I pay Mama's medical bills but next month there will be more. I can't stand your blind hope. I don't want to hear your optimism about this land of possibility when I see no proof!' 'As bad as things are, we have to keep on trying.' 'But it does no good! Look at yourself. Are you standing on the other side of the river? No! You are still a peasant!'”
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