"I was imagining myself playing the saxophone."

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"I went as macho as I could be to mask what I was underneath. "

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"I grew up when that happened."

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"We had to sit in the back of the class."

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"It was hard not to be mom."

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"As a little baby you were always jumping."

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"She was one of these women who would grab a rattlesnake by the tail and snap its head off."

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"I worked harder than I have ever thought of working."

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"I started playing basketball and opportunities just opened up for me."

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"When he was growing up, he was living in South Texas..."

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"There was nothing more that I wanted to do than to protect you."

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"Nos dijo, 'Quiero que caminen sin zapatos porque los perros son muy buenos en detectar las pisadas'."

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"I'm curious how I could have reached out to you better?"

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"I felt like you were this little angel on my shoulder wherever I was going."

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"In my old school, I never went to class."

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"My coworker sent you that email by mistake."

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"I wasn't like other kids."

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"My dad in Cuba said, 'When you go there you're going to ask for George.'"

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"She was everything to me."

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"I think I could have done another 31 years."

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"They'd come in limping and they would literally leave walking."

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"How come I didn't scare you?"

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"They called it slums but it was never a slum to me."

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"I never have found another neighborhood like that one."

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"I just thought I was going to go to a gym and get in the ring and fight."

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"I remember being in court every day..."

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"Before they would see a doctor, the families in the community would come to see her."

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"The biggest struggle was to take messages."

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"I was sick; I had no job; I was lonely—and then Felix called me."

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"I was in the ICU and there was a man dying of tuberculosis..."

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"My mother would tell me, 'If you don't straighten yourself out, you're going to end up going to Springer.'"

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"I learned from her, and that's why I can pass it on to you guys."

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"I knew the top ten on the radio and I could do my nails, but I didn't even know how to cook."

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"They had one or two cans of this cranberry stuff..."

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"From the little English that we knew, my brother and I knew that we were not going to have class that day."

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"She didn't speak English but she understood 'A.'"

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"I was six years old when she left for New York City."

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"We couldn't afford to buy toys."

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"I didn't know if I was ever going to see you again."

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"We had to do a good deed every day..."

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"Everywhere we went my mother would make sure that they enrolled us in school."

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"She still thought I was in Iraq."

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"We saw the searchlight from the patrol boat..."

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"They would allow potential parents to check you out like a library book."

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"A lo mejor me case con una persona que viene con milagros."

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"By the time I was in the second grade, everyone was calling me Raymond."

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"Pues era muy pelionera yo."

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"Se tardo tres meses en darme un beso."

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"As he's walking away, I'm like, 'Hey, you forgot something...'"

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"Para ella, yo todavia estaba en Irak."

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"A friend of ours wanted us to be together in a scene..."

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"When I met Michael I was 14 years old."

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"I would see tons of doctors..."

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"He said, 'When the border patrol changes shifts, you're going to run.'"

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"So I ran back to the bus, and I said, 'Sweetie, your restaurant is right here.'"

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"He went somewhere; you could see it. And there was no pain. There's a quiet dignity in there."

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"You know, when everybody's poor, nobody feels poor."

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