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  • I worked with these four guys for a solid two years on a plant farm on Lake Tawakoni in East Texas. They had been working at the farm between 15-20 years each. I came in to apply for a job because it was a half mile from my house and I didn't have a car. The farm manager almost immediately turned me away until he saw on my application that I spoke Spanish. He hired me on the spot and put me in charge of these four guys, I didn't know a single thing about plants.

    They were great guys. They were so patient with me and taught me many things about plants but mostly life. I accepted my position humbly, these guys were twice my age and were veterans on this farm. At first I felt really awkward about being their supervisor but as they got to know me and as I spoke to them respectfully in their mother tongue they began to trust me.

    One of the most amazing things about them was their willingness to work and do almost anything to provide for their families. All four them had already become legal residents when I met them. When they first had crossed the Rio Grande, they came illegally. I eventually asked each one of them to recount their border crossing stories me, and they did.

    Aaron, the man in the chair, was like the leader of the Mexicans on the farm, very respected and very religious, everyone called him Tio. After several months I asked him if I could call him Tio, he smiled and nodded. He told me his first crossing happened when he was 15, him and four or five other teenagers all crossed the river and made a four-day trek across the West Texas desert. I asked him why did it, he said so he could work and make money.

    He risked his life to just make minimum wage in America. They all put their very lives on the line to make the amount of money that most Americans scoff at. They taught me a lot about simplicity and what's truly important in life. They are great guys and I have so much respect for them.
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