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dadi !
Updated: 2/18/2019
dadi !
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  • Salaams!
  • Salaams! My name is Zarina Patel, and I'm from Gujarat, India. These are my siblings.
  • इंडिया
  • Unfortunately, when I was in grade 6, I had to drop out of school to take care of my brothers and sisters. Although I couldn't learn anymore, I loved seeing them all the time
  • Moving forward, in 1973 after I got married, I moved to Queens, New York. I spoke no english, and knew nobody except my husband.
  • After I moved, I had a son one year later. I was a stay at home mother. My favorite thing to do was to cook a big lunch, and then pack it to have a picnic in the park. I still couldn't speak English, so it was just me and my kids
  • Learning English is extremely hard. When I had my first son, we hired a caretaker, and she used to watch general hospital when he was napping. Because of this, I watched the show, and the drama (and sesame street) are what led me to learning the language.
  • To support myself and my family, and keep myself busy while my kids were at school, I got a job working at McDonald's.
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