StoryCorps: Oscar & Laura Godinez

Oscar and Laura met while she was studying in Mexico. They fell in love and decided that they would get married and live in the United States. Oscar’s parents were against him marrying an American “gringo” so he left for the U.S. without saying what they intended to do. Immigration officials noticed he had a lot of luggage, and so called Laura and her family to find out what the true intentions were. Once they were married Oscar’s family quickly adjusted and accepted Laura and her family. Though Oscar studied English in Mexico, he had trouble understanding English as spoken in the United States. Despite this he did finish his education at DePaul University and had a successful job. They have now been married for 20 years.