On March 1, 2001, my parents left Bangladesh with their two sons at the time (The older one was 10 years old and the younger one was 4 years old). It was their first time on a plane, and this trip was the most life-changing moment of their lives.
Once they arrived to New York, my family moved into my dad's friend's attic. Before my family left Bangladesh, my dad was in contact with one of his classmates from college who offered my dad and his family a place to stay until they were finally able to settle somewhere else for their own home. This house was located in Elmhurst, where diversity was profuse.
My family decided to leave Bangladesh simply because they wanted a better life for their sons. As cliche as it sounds, it was true. In Bangladesh, there was a lottery system where families were randomly selected to live in New York City. That lottery was very rare to win. However, my dad somehow won the lottery system and took the opportunity to take his family to America. My family was also extremely poor at the time, and finding jobs in Bangladesh was hard. Henceforth, my dad decided that moving to NYC would give him a fresh start to find a job in a city full of opportunities and start earning money for his family.
My family often felt extreme remorse and regret when they came to the United States. My dad especially felt very stressed out everyday and did not want to work like an animal for the rest of his life. He worked in a Dunkin Donuts near his home at the time and he would go to work contemplating about his decision on coming to New York. He simply was not ready for this commitment, dedicating all of his time to earning money for his family.
A year later on July 12, 2002, I was born. Baby Mahdi turned out to be a gateway of happiness for my family despite the struggles they were going through. This new addition to the family provided a shed of light into their hearts. I consider myself to be an American because I was born here and have more knowledge on American history and culture than my Bengali descent.
My family has now been living in America for 18 years, and within that time came great achievements. As a result of my dad and oldest brother's hard work, they gave my family a beautiful private house out in Long Island. Now in the present day, my oldest brother is married with a 6 month old daughter, and we are enjoying our lives with security, comfort, and happiness.