The Weekly Photo Challenge is Endurance.
I went to the family archives to find the photo my father labeled “sugar Beets.”
This photo from the mid-1920’s helps me to understand this part of my family’s history.
When I asked my father about this photo he explained his parents, Jose and Josefina are sitting on a pile of sugar beets because they worked in the fields to harvest the crop. They might be waiting for their day’s pay. My Uncle Lupe is with them.
My grandmother also happens to be pregnant with my aunt at the time this photo was taken!
In order to provide for their family, my grandparents migrated from region to region following the harvests for various crops.
Because of their constant moving, my aunts and uncles were all born in different areas of the United States such as Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. The family finally settled in California.
I look at this picture and have a hard time imagining what it must have been like to have a toddler, be expecting another child, and at the same time work in a field harvesting crops.
In addition, my grandfather had limitations. A few years earlier he had lost a leg in an accident. Despite the challenge of having a wooden leg he worked in the fields alongside my grandmother.
I looked at the sugar beets – rooted in the ground then uprooted by my grandparents.
Endurance…my grandparents didn’t always have the opportunities to be rooted in one location. They were constantly moving, laboring in the fields, their little ones in tow.
Still, they built their family one journey at a time.
They gave me my roots.