Hector Hernandez


as interviewed by Hector Hernandez, 3/25/19

Hector Hernandez in his own words

Tenía nueve meses de nacido , mi mama trabaja para, para mantenernos a todos éramos 7 hermanos ,estamos todos chicos.entonces mi mamá trabajaba y pues nosotros yo empecé a vender desde muy chico paletas y chicles. 11 or 12 años ya estaba en friega.vendiendo paletas y chicles para pueder ayudar a mi mama no,no,no acabalaba. Pare de ir a la escuela.como a la edad de 13 años , cuando estaba en segundo de secundaria que sería como a los catorce años. Como que me gustaba y ala ves como que no como, cuando vas a la escuela y que no andas bien pues, andas sin ropa y zapatos rompidos y todo eso te da pena con los demás, te hacen bullying y todo eso ,por eso ya no quise ir a la escuela. Para poder irme a trabajar. Trabajaba, pos en eso, estaba vendiendo cosas en la calle y trabaje con nuco en la construction cuando para de vender cosas en la calle me fui con él a la construction de chiquito y allí es donde trabaje siempre. Alla en mexico trabaje por un sueldo trabajamos por contrato tu tío y yo pero yo trabajaba por el ,el me pagaba a mi. Él trabajaba como contratista. Pero una compania ,compañía no. trabajaba en ,pues haciendo casas hijo pero nos dedicamos más a poniendo los techos de las casas. pues yo creo que todo el tiempo que estaba alla en mexico trabajaba con él y ya cuando me vine pa ca me fui solo.empeze trabajar con tu abuelito y luego cuando me sali de con tu abuelito y me fui a trabajar a una compañía de los puentes. y luego ya despues me sali de los puentes y me fui a trabajar en lo que estoy trabajando ahorita. De los ladrillos y piedra. Pues Cuando vivía en durango y luego también vivimos en el rancho. me gustaba mucho cuando teníamos las vacaciones de la escuela ,me gustaba mucho ir me al rancho y allí me pasaba todas las vacaciones yo estaba muy chiquito cuando mataron a mi papa pero mi mama dice, haber pues vivíamos en un rancho que se llamaba los lirios.cuando mataron a mi papá mi mamá se movió con mi abuelito en un rancho que se llamaba las vegas pero estaba en ese rumbo y luego ya después cuando ya nos fuimos de las vegas ya pues nos fuimos a durango mi mama se fue a durango con todos. Cuando nos fuimos a durango mi apa agustin tambien se fueron a durango porque en ese tiempo ya estaban enfermos entonces tuvieron que ir a durango para estar yendo al doctor y todo eso entonces yo vivi con ellos asta que se murieron Vivimos con ellos en acel tiempo yo tenia como, de esa edad viviamos con mis abualitos.alla en durango estabanos con ellos porque estaban solitos ellos, pues natchita los ayudaban a limpiar y hacer la comida y yo pues me llevaron ayi para ayudar con los mandados y para acerles compania. Y lla cuando se murieron ellos me regrese con mi mama porque ya se murerion ellos y yo pues me fui con mi mama pero yo estaba quiqito y es cuando regrese a la escuela y ayi en la asteca donde vive minga en las escuala es donde estuve yo en primero de primaria y en segundo y en tercero, no en tercer ano ya estaba con mi mama. Cuando estab en primer ano de pimaria y en segundo ano es cuando estaba con mi abuelito. Si eso me gustaba mucho porque estaba uno muy libre.handaba uno alli en las colonias esas habia muchos amigos estabanos chiquitos jugabamos a los trompos a las canicas no habia nada de los cellulares. siempre nos pasabamos jugando alla afuera en la calle a muchas cosas fuimos una generation de nosotros me acuerdo yo era una generation muy libre como te dire no habia como horita hay mucha technologia, no la pasabanos alla afuera te entretenias aciendo qualquira cosas asdecueanta todos los ninos de la casas se salieron y te ponias a jugar aya muchas differentes cosas, al trompo a las canicas tantas cosas que habia y se juntaban todos me entiendes. aha era bonito era, se la pasaba uno muy chido.


Translation:
I was nine months old, my mom works to, to keep us all alive, we were 7 siblings, we are all small. well my mom worked and then I started selling from very young age, lolipops and chewing gum. 11 or 12 years I was already working. I was selling lolipops and gum to help my mom, no, no, it was not enough that she was making. I stopped going to school. I was at the age of 13, when I was in my second year of middle school, which would be around the age of 14. I liked it and at the same time i didnt like it, when I go to school and you’re not okay your walking around with ripped cloths and ripped shoes and all that makes you feel embarraesed around others, they bully you and all that, that's why I did not want to go to school. To be able to go to work. I worked in , well what was it, I was selling things in the street and I worked with my brother in construction when I stopped selling things on the street. I went with him to the construction i was little and that's where I ended up working for the rest of my life. in Mexico everyone would work for a salary. my brother, he worked by contract but I worked for him, he paid me. He worked as a contractor. But a company, company no. I worked in, well making houses but we were dedicated more to putting the roofs of the houses. Well, I think that all the time I was there in Mexico worked with him and when I came to the U.S I started alone. I started working with your grandpa and then after i left your grandpas work I left and went to work for a bridge company. and then later I left the bridges and went to work on what I'm working right now. bricks and stone layer. Well, I lived in Durango and then i also lived on a ranch. I liked it a lot when we had school vacations, I liked to go to the ranch and there I spent all the vacations, I was very small when my dad was killed but my mom says, we lived on a ranch called los lirios. When they killed my father my mom moved with her dad in a ranch called Las Vegas but it was near the first ranch i lived in and then later when we left Las Vegas Well, we went to Durango, my mom went to Durango with everyone else. When we went to Durango my grandpa and grandma also went to Durango because at that time they were already sick so they had to go to Durango to be going to the doctor and all that . I lived with them until they died We lived with them all that time ago, from that age on we lived with my grandparents.over there in durango we were with them because they were alone and because my sister could help them clean and make food and then they let me go to help with the errands and for making company. And when they died they returned me with my mom because they were dead. then and I went with my mom but I was llittle and it is when I return to school. I returned to school in the school where minga lives. in that school is where I was in the first year of elementary school and in the second and third year, not in the third year, I was already with my mother. When I was in the first year of elementary and in the second year it was when I was with my grandpa. I liked living in mexico very much because I was free. I remember there was colonies, thats what they would call them , there were many kids who were little, we played tops and marbles, there was no phones and technology. we always spent all our time playing outside in the street. I was part of a very free generation. as I will tell you there was not a lot of technology, we would spend our time out there. you entertained your self with what ever thing you could think of. Imagine all children from the houses came outside and you played a lot of different things, the top you played marbles so many things that were there and they all got together, you understand me. aha it was beautiful , it was.it was a very cool place in time.