Anthology 2013: Spanish Lullaby for “Bridging us All”

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On Monday the 27th of May is the 76th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. “Bridging us All” was the theme of the 75th year celebration a year ago. Pictures of this Bridge figure prominently in many parts of the Accord1 organization. It’s Picture can be seen on the Accord1 website    , Accord1 facebook page as well as different printed materials because of what it represents “Bridging us all” or as Accord1 says it “Building the Bridge Together“. 

In continuation of Latino Books Month We have a beautiful piece was originally published May 31, 2012 by Tatiana Sanchez for Univision News blog about the Bridge, and it’s significance to Latino Immigrant families. Though this is not a book, this is an eloquent discourse of the hope that springs forth through the eyes of this young writer for the Palm Springs Desert Sun.

This Story is one the falls inline with the other sweet Lullaby’s of comfort. and is another example of putting real people stories into the diverse imagery that is America. The Golden Gate Bridge is Symbolic of America, and this Story shows that the physical Bridge can also become a figurative symbol of the ethno-cultural Bridge, “Bridging us All“, because we are “Building the Bridge Together”

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

By TATIANA SANCHEZ 

The Golden Gate Bridge was the life of the party in San Francisco on Sunday, May 27, as people from all over the world gathered to celebrate its 75th birthday. Fittingly, the city went all out with a nearly 20-minute-long fireworks display.

I’ve been fortunate enough to live within driving distance of the Golden Gate my entire life and the bridge calls my name whenever I see it. I’ve always felt that it holds a special significance for immigrant families such as my own.

Engineered to perfection, the bridge’s rust-colored hue gives off a flair of antiquity and its large, steel cables are enough to make you feel as if you’re in a far away place, maybe a distant dream. But the sparkling panoramic view of the city in the distance is there to remind you where you are.

My parents first visited the bridge with my brother and sister when they arrived in the Bay Area from war-torn El Salvador in September of 1981.

“We never imagined we would ever see the Golden Gate Bridge,” my mom tells me now. 

A vintage picture of them on the bridge captured their hopeful smiles. When I look at that photograph, I try to imagine what they must’ve felt at the time, standing in front of an enormous orange structure, with no indication of what was to come. But what I also realize is that standing in front of that bridge was a success all on its own; for my parents, it signified that they had escaped to a better place.

tumblr_m4wot9OVof1qi7ua6Precious memories: My parents Fabio and Yanira Sanchez with my older siblings Saida and Fabio Jr. in 1981.

Since then, we’ve taken every visiting family member to see, “El Puente,” as we’ve always called it. I’m sure some of my Tias have seen it at least twice, maybe three times. I watch as my family members proudly assemble themselves in front of that orange monstrosity, on the same ledge that my parents sat so many years ago.

It’s these small moments that make me realize that for many Latino families, the Golden Gate is much more than a tourist attraction—it’s a symbol of the American Dream.

Alejandra Cuadra and her family share the same sentiments. Cuadra, along with her family, took pictures before the bridge on a recent Tuesday afternoon.

“The Bridge is a classic,” says Cuadra. She and her husband Rafael brought her sister Jacqueline Mancera and her husband Julio Cesar Lopez to see it. The couple, who is visiting from Michoacan, Mexico, first saw the bridge as newlyweds. This time, they brought their small daughter Juliette Lopez to meet the Golden Gate.

From left: Julio Cesar Lopez, Jacqueline Mancera, Juliette Lopez, Alejandra Cuadra and Rafael Cuadra immortalize their own bridge moment.tumblr_m4wni4RRh61qi7ua6

For many, getting to the U.S. is a struggle in and of itself, but for those that do make it to San Francisco, the Golden Gate is always there to welcome them.

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3 Responses to “Anthology 2013: Spanish Lullaby for “Bridging us All””
  1. T says:

    This was really good story, I have seen that bridge many times and never thought about it in this way, thank you for sharing. Oh one more thing she called a 1981 photo “vintage”….could photos from 1981 really be vintage??? Yikes I may be getting old! 🙂

    • accord1 says:

      Thank you for your comment Terri! Through the illuminated view of the Golden Gate Bridge you can we can get just another perspective of what Accord1 all about.

      Oh, and your not alone I graduated from high school in 1980!

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