Adrianna Gradisek

“And just in those three days with the language barrier and everything, Lucinda taught me more about what it means to live your life, despite everything that it throws your way.”

During my junior year of college I had the opportunity to travel to Latin America. I visited El Salvador, which is a country that has been impacted by the United States, especially during their civil war. While I was there, I spent three days with a family in a little village outside the main city. I stayed with my house mom, Lucinda. The first night we were there, her nephew passed away in a motorcycle accident. I think there were 12 people in the house and Lucinda didn’t even stay in a room. She stayed outside so that we had a place to stay. Despite everything that had happened to her, she made our stay so special. And just in those three days with the language barrier and everything, Lucinda taught me more about what it means to live your life, despite everything that it throws your way. Sometimes being able to share hardships pushes people to want to go out and help their neighbors to spread love, peace, and joy.

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