Second-Generation Latina Recreates Mom's High School Graduation Pic For Family Solidarity

The story of a second-generation Latina named Madeleine shows that the American Dream still exists for immigrants to America. Madeleine is lucky enough to have experienced a great deal of support from her family throughout her life, and in particular regarding her education. She decided to thank her parents for all of their efforts by recreating another major moment in family history that was recorded as a photo.

She was born to teenage parents, and the family faced a great deal of prejudice and adversity when she was a young child and growing up. Although her parents were young, broke and woefully unprepared for starting a family, there was never any doubt or any question about giving up on their baby girl or each other.

Despite the odds stacked against them, Madeleine's family supported each other, rose above the problems and succeeded. The perseverance of her family and how far they've come is clearly reflected in a touching family photo the college-bound young woman posted on social media following her high school graduation.

Madeleine explained what the rather unusual picture of her in her graduation cap and gown sitting on her dad’s shoulders like she was still a two-year-old girl was all about.

She captioned the two photos she posted with a brief recap of her family history:

"We made it TOGETHER. My mom was 15 while pregnant with me, she had me at 16. My dad was 17.

The original picture is from June 2000.

My parents were judged a lot during this time but stayed strong together.

They both lived with their parents but were raising me together. They were determined to make it and provide me with a future. My dad worked full time in construction and my mom was still playing soccer.

Today, they have a strong, loving marriage. They purchased a beautiful home.

My mom is a stay-at-home mom and my dad has a great career as a longshoreman. I have two little sisters that are following in my footsteps."

The obviously proud and highly intelligent graduate continued to note:

"The original photo has always been an inspiration to me. I wanted to recreate this photo since the beginning of my senior year but especially after I accepted my offer to college.

I also wanted it to be a reflection to show them how far we've come together as a family. My parents have always been my motivation to be successful in high school and now strive to do well in college.

I couldn't ask for a more loving, supportive family than the one God gave me. Yeah, that's right, we made it TOGETHER."

Obviously, Madeleine and her family have managed to overcome many difficult obstacles in their pursuit of the American dream over the last couple of decades. It is easy to understand why her re-creation of her mom’s graduation picture was an ideal capstone to a loving, supportive childhood as well as a creative way to show her parents how much they really meant to her.

Source: Faith Tap
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