Immigrants and the Meaning of Resilience – Reblog of “Meet Margot”

The resilience it takes for an immigrant to start a new life on arrival to the United States, or any country, is something I often think about. We got a bit of a taste of this when moving from Cairo to the United States. Starting with no furniture, 26 suitcases and a cat, we began a new life. We had no jobs, no friends, no community.

But we knew English and we knew at least a bit about what it takes to get around in this country. When immigrants arrive they not only leave behind family and homes, but also professions. The doctor comes to the United States and can no longer practice, taking instead a job as a nursing assistant. The lawyer comes and finds themselves searching for a job in human services. The teacher, unlicensed here, finds themselves taking on the job of baby sitting, or house cleaning, or driving, or working in a factory. Their’s is no expectation of dream jobs.

That is why I love this story called “Meet Margot” at the blog Los Afro-Latinos. It  reminded me once again of the resiliency immigrants show as they forge a new life in a new country. Originally a nurse from the Dominican Republic, Margot has a successful business running a restaurant serving delicious food from where else but the Dominican Republic! Read on….

Finding authentic, delectable Dominican food is as simple as taking the 1 train. Sure, everyone boasts they’re the best. But only Margot Restaurant has been hailed time and time again — in magazines and on Yelp comment boards — as the best Dominican food in the greater New York area.

Margot Restaurant was featured……READ MORE HERE!