I’m posting this blog from my hotel here in Guatemala City where I am hanging out with my two clients, Hugo and Lucio, shown in the photo with me. You guessed it, I’m the tall one.
I already blogged about why this Central NY injury lawyer had to come all the way to Guatemala to take their testimony. Today’s blog is about how much I admire these guys. Why? They are outstanding fathers.
Several years ago they realized the three dollars a day they were earning working the corn fields in their pueblo wasn’t ever going to fill the hungry little mouths at home. So they did something about it. They “went north”, as they call the trek to the United States around here.
Yes, they broke a few immigration rules along the way. I am not going to tell you that was “right”. But letting your little ones go hungry ain’t right either. What would you have done in that situation? You’ll never know, will you?
So yes, they “went north”. “Up north” they worked their asses off for five years or so, sending almost every sweat-soaked peso back home to those hungry little mouths. Meanwhile, they didn’t see their wives or kids for all those years.
Then they got blown up in a propane gas explosion. Now they are having trouble feeding those little mouths again. You can’t see it in the photo, but they have burn scars all over their bodies.
I won’t go into who is to blame for that explosion. A jury will hear the full story one day. I hope the lawsuit I filed on their behalf will one day help them feed those mouths again.
I like to think of myself as a good dad. Heck, I take my kids to Disney World and save up for college, don’t I? But that seems to pale in comparison to what these guys have done for their kids: moving to a country where they don’t understand the language or culture, working their asses off in a brutal job under a hot sun for 12 hours a day, sometimes 7 days a week, missing seeing their kids grow up, all so they could give their kids a decent meal every day.
Let’s face it; as a dad, I’m a slacker compared to these guys.
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Michael G. Bersani, Esq.
michaels-smolak.com Central NY Personal Injury Lawyers
Michaels & Smolak, P.C.