"I'm curious how I could have reached out to you better?"
"You remember the first dinner together?"
"I thought it was karma for what I had done. "
"It's definitely forced us to grow up faster than we would have otherwise."
"Everybody thought I couldn't get pregnant..."
"You showed me that I'm not alone."
"I didn't even recognize myself."
"I was imagining myself playing the saxophone."
"I grew up when that happened."
"We had to sit in the back of the class."
"It was hard not to be mom."
"As a little baby you were always jumping."
"She was one of these women who would grab a rattlesnake by the tail and snap its head off."
"I worked harder than I have ever thought of working."
"I started playing basketball and opportunities just opened up for me."
"When he was growing up, he was living in South Texas..."
"I didn't even think twice."
"There was nothing more that I wanted to do than to protect you."
"I felt like you were this little angel on my shoulder wherever I was going."
"In my old school, I never went to class."
"My coworker sent you that email by mistake."
"I wasn't like other kids."
"My dad in Cuba said, 'When you go there you're going to ask for George.'"
"She was everything to me."
"I think I could have done another 31 years."
"They'd come in limping and they would literally leave walking."
"How come I didn't scare you?"
"They called it slums but it was never a slum to me."
"I never have found another neighborhood like that one."
"I just thought I was going to go to a gym and get in the ring and fight."
"I remember being in court every day..."
"Before they would see a doctor, the families in the community would come to see her."
"The biggest struggle was to take messages."
"I was sick; I had no job; I was lonely—and then Felix called me."
"I was in the ICU and there was a man dying of tuberculosis..."
"My mother would tell me, 'If you don't straighten yourself out, you're going to end up going to Springer.'"
"I learned from her, and that's why I can pass it on to you guys."
"I knew the top ten on the radio and I could do my nails, but I didn't even know how to cook."
"They had one or two cans of this cranberry stuff..."
"From the little English that we knew, my brother and I knew that we were not going to have class that day."
"She didn't speak English but she understood 'A.'"
"I was six years old when she left for New York City."
"We couldn't afford to buy toys."
"I didn't know if I was ever going to see you again."
"We had to do a good deed every day..."
"Everywhere we went my mother would make sure that they enrolled us in school."
"She still thought I was in Iraq."
"We saw the searchlight from the patrol boat..."
"They would allow potential parents to check you out like a library book."
"By the time I was in the second grade, everyone was calling me Raymond."
"As he's walking away, I'm like, 'Hey, you forgot something...'"
"A friend of ours wanted us to be together in a scene..."
"When I met Michael I was 14 years old."
"I would see tons of doctors..."
"He said, 'When the border patrol changes shifts, you're going to run.'"
"So I ran back to the bus, and I said, 'Sweetie, your restaurant is right here.'"
"He went somewhere; you could see it. And there was no pain. There's a quiet dignity in there."
"You know, when everybody's poor, nobody feels poor."