"Everybody in the city was in a crisis."

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"It's been almost ten years and people still rave about him. "

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"The beatings? Humiliations? I remember them every day."

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"It seemed like a really long flight."

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"You had to pay to go in and the babies would be all lined up."

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"I remember seeing you and thinking, 'Don't trust anything he says.'"

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"His hands were those of someone who worked since the age of six."

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"What was going through your head when you first saw me?"

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"I just got on that rail and turned around..."

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"At the age of 18, I didn't know what I was going to be doing with my life."

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"How hard was it for you to find a job?"

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"You can hear the shopping cart coming down the sidewalk."

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"I’ve buried over forty people in my family’s cemetery..."

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"I can't imagine anyone deserting a child for any reason."

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"My American soldier became my Iraqi brother."

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"I've got pictures of you in the shop when you were in the bassinet."

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"I always walk them through the lunch line..."

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"A lot of the older guys didn't think I should be there."

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"He wasn't the biggest guy, but people reacted to him like he was giant."

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"I guess it's my turn, now."

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"What made you want to go to college with me?"

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"I had nightmares for years..."

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"I didn't think I would ever tell a teacher..."

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"I'm always perfectly free to be me."

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"When I asked him what I owed him, he said, 'You just pass it on.' "

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"We're scarier than the person that's abusing them."

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"I remember hearing the phone ring early in the morning..."

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"When I was growing up, the emphasis was on being able to get a job."

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"I don't think I ever felt more beautiful than I did that day..."

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"I've never seen you turn anybody away."

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"Mother told me we would be spending the summer in the South."

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"He's always been on my mind ever since then..."

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"There's a form we fill out and it's called 'On My Death.'"

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"I remember waking up from the surgery and seeing this beautiful nurse."

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"As an old man, he still had scars..."

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"He was a meticulous man."

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"What made you decide you wanted to adopt a child?"

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"All of my friends know me to be outspoken..."

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"I was scared to death."

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"I wasn't like other kids."

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"There was no doubt in my mind, I was going to work along side of my dad, my granddad, my uncles."

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"He was so busy that he would schedule surgeries for three and four in the morning."

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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 didn't have very much warmth about her..."

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"I put an ad in the local paper and offered to cook Thanksgiving dinner for twelve people."

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"When I was younger I didn't like you much."

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"I found myself in the principal's office a lot."

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"I can remember things that occur in my heart much better than things that occur in my head."

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

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"I caught a wave and was gliding down the face..."

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"How come I didn't scare you?"

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"I saw this guy with a head of black hair and white, white, teeth..."

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"When did you and Dad decide to adopt?"

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"She met Robert when she was 90..."

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"I was afraid that I hadn't given you all you needed."

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

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

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"I didn't have any idea as to what to expect..."

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